Anthony Flagg, Jr. is Michigan’s state champion in the USA Boxing Elite Men’s Division. He’s competing in the national championships January 20-25, 2014 in Spokane, WA.He came to Downtown Boxing Gym more than 10 years ago. A shy 8-year-old Detroiter, he was looking for something to do after school.

Coach Khali and “AJ” worked together as the gym grew. AJ developed more confidence as Coach Khali encouraged him in the ring and in school. AJ won Silver Gloves tournaments through his teenage years, and graduated high school in 2013. He holds the record for the most jabs landed at the Olympic trials.

Now a college student, AJ returns to the gym regularly to train and mentor other Detroit kids. He is 19, and now competes in USA Boxing’s Elite Men’s Division. For more information on amateur boxing, visit www.usaboxing.org. To learn more about Downtown Boxing Gym, explore our website (we will be updating soon), visit our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.


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Anthony Flagg, Jr.

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