St. Louis boxer Boris Powell fights ALS

“It’s the biggest fight of my life. And I’ll win … I’m not just going to lie down and accept it,” said Boris Powell.

ST. LOUIS – When boxers got in the ring with Boris Powell it usually didn’t work out well for them.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound chiseled specimen of a fighter won the National Golden Gloves Boxing title. And he did it with an exercise program that is second to none.

“I used to only run because I never got tired,” said Powell. “The only way to be the best is to train like you are the best. And tell yourself, ‘I’m not going to let anyone get between me and what I want to do.'”

This training helped Powell build a tremendous professional boxing career.

He never lost a fight in St. Louis and won the WBO title 32-2. He played with Evander Holyfield and knew Mike Tyson and George Foreman.

The problem could be that Powell stayed in ring sparring until he was 50, but no one knows for sure. The diagnosis of ALS was made in October and now the man with the perfect body has been told that he is getting worse.

“When [the doctor] told me it was a shock to me. I said, “Man, what did I do wrong?” I always thought so. I just couldn’t believe it. Still can’t, “said Powell.

Powell has a great support system for family and friends, including another famous athlete from St. Louis and a classmate from Vashon, as well as former NBA player Anthony Bonner.

Bonner, an ordained minister, also helps Powell keep his faith through his experience fighting ALS.

Powell has also attended a Washington University ALS clinic in hopes of finding a way to slow the disease’s progression.

And this fighter doesn’t just plan to fight the disease. His goal is to beat it.

“It’s the biggest fight of my life. And I’m going to win … I’m not going to just lie down and accept it,” said Powell. “I’m just not going to lie down. I just am not. I understand some people have never beaten it, but they are. I’m different.”

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