future in boxing
On the day of this interview, its three hours before Taggart Jr. is scheduled to leave for his part-time job at the casino in Hinckley MN. Jr.'s family is gathered in the kitchen talking with a Nurse who comes to the home to care for Jr.'s brain damaged sister; just beyond the kitchen is a wall that displays athletic awards earned by Jr., and a letter stating he has been given a full football scholarship to Saint Cloud State university where he plans to play as a wide receiver this fall.
Showed signs of early athleticism
Taggart Jr.'s boxing accolades and football scholarship comes as no surprise
to his father Tim Taggart Sr. "He [Jr.] had athletic skills that
started in the 7th grade."
Jr. played sports ranging from: football, basketball and track and field
among others; in fact, he placed 3rd in state track and field for the
last two years. But more amazing is Jr.'s boxing career. By the age of
5, he had 10 armature bouts, and as stated, has 106 armature fights. Jr.
took up boxing when his family lived on the Reservation in South Dakota.
"South Dakota was a poor place, and the school [Jr. attended] couldn't
afford to offer other sports besides basketball and boxing" says
Sr. who took up boxing when he was in the army in the late 80's, and says
he sparred with Wilfred Benitez's cousin who broke one of his ribs.
Where's his boxing career today?
career is in limbo not because he doesn't have the talent to succeed in
the ring, but because the 6 feet 1 185 ponder is focusing exclusively
on his football career. "[His] Football scholarship is paying his
full tuition, and right now he needs to focus on that" says Sr. who
did most of the talking during the interview. Sr. adds, "He'll be
done [with college] when he's 23, and can always take up boxing then."
Both Jr. and Sr. admit Jr. has not done any serious boxing in a ring in
over a year, and Jr. is uncertain what his future holds as a fighter.
"If I have time