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Continued: Aaron "Gorilla” Green: Punching faces and clocks

  • Article by: AMELIA RAYNO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 21, 2013 - 12:30 AM

“Probably the worst disease a person could ever get is the love of boxing,” Daszkiewicz had said earlier.

Green is infected. But in the moment, anyway, he doesn’t want a cure. Back in the locker room, red welts gracing his forehead, he struts around, with more spring in his step now than seems possible.

This feeling is the only thing boxing has ever promised him.

And for now, it is enough.








 

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  • Aaron “Gorilla” Green has only been a professional boxer since October of 2010, but he’s 12-0 with 10 knockouts. His team at Uppercut Boxing Gym helps fuel — and temper — his passion. “Probably the worst disease a person could ever get is the love of boxing,” trainer Pete Daszkiewicz said.

  • Aaron Green’s “other” profession is a security guard at the Double Tree hotel in St. Louis Park. Often, when his overnight shift ends at 7 a.m., Green goes directly to the gym to spar.

  • Aaron Green trains at Uppercut Boxing Gym in northeast Minneapolis. Uppercut founder/owner Lisa Bauch saw his second pro fight and couldn’t believe, despite Green and his trainer’s insistence, that he’d had only one previous fight. She’s now part of his management team.

  • Right, Green took a shot to the head from opponent Stacy Frazier during an Aug. 16 bout at Grand Casino Friday Night Fights in Hinckley, Minn. Later, (below) Green delivered punishing body shots to Frazier before the fight was stopped by TKO in the fifth round, keeping Green unbeaten.

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