After a six-year hiatus from boxing, Winchester resident Corey Wlash earned a third title from the Martinsburg, WVa. Toughman contest.
Wlash, who owns Neutral Corner Boxing Gym along with his coach and friend Daniel Shull, won back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013.
The amateur boxing contest previously had capped fighters at two titles, but changed the rules this year and Wlash earned his third title in the LightHeavyweight division.
Despite his victory, the first round against his opponent Jake Wickline didn’t look so great for Wlash, who got knocked down for the first time ever. But Wlash says he took the surprise as encouragement.
“You get knocked down all the time in life,” he said. “It’s kind of a remanant of my life, being knocked down and jsut being able to overcome and get up and say, ‘I’m all right’ and coming back the second and third round and really winning and putting the fight to him.”
Shull hopes to turn the win into momentum for Wlash’s professional career.
“I’d like him to fight a couple pro fights this spring, maybe this summer,” said Shull, who said the Toughman contest served as good training for Wlash. “He’ll be ready for that.”
The Neutral Corner Boxing Gym is located at 567 North Cameron Street, sharing a space with Metal Militia Powerlifting and Strongman.