Fighting cop ready to fight more than crime
Top super-heavyweight signs with Goossen Tutor
LOS ANGELES (Mar. 10, 2003) - In just four short years, Jason Gavern
has risen from a stumbling novice to the No. 3-ranked amateur super-heavyweight
in the country.
Now, he's ready to take his fight career to the next level. He
recently signed with Goossen Tutor Promotions hoping to eventually
fight his way to the heavyweight championship of the world.
"We talked about waiting and going for the 2004 Olympics,"
said Gavern, 25, who is trained by John Blanken. "But we decided
I might as well turn pro and get paid for throwing punches. We've
signed up and we're ready to enjoy the ride."
A police officer in Scranton, Pa., Gavern said many of his fellow
officers were taking up karate and kung fu to help them on their
city streets. Gavern grew up watching boxing on TV with his dad
and decided to give the fight game a try. But with no one showing
him how to box, he lost his first seven fights.
"I had no idea what I was doing," he said. "I was
trying to learn how to box by reading books. But even though I lost
those fights, I fell in love with the sport. I came away with the
knowledge that if I actually knew what I was doing, I just might
be able to make a name for myself, considering that I was just fighting
on guts and heart."
After he found a trainer, he quickly climbed the amateur ranks
and became one of the top super-heavyweights in the country.
With quick hands and quick feet, Gavern has twice reached the semifinals
of the National Golden Gloves tournament. But it's time to put his
amateur career behind him.
"As a pro, I'd like to fight about every three weeks, or at
least 10 to 15 times a year," he said. "I want to stay
busy. I'm a gym rat and I'm ready to fight right now. I still have
the heart, but now I've elevated my game. I've got the other guys
on the losing end."
Promoter Dan Goossen sees a lot of potential in the 6-foot-3, 225-pound
"For him to improve as much as he did in such a short time
is very impressive, and quite frankly what attracted us to him,"
Goossen said. "He's an excellent boxer and he could go a long
way. The last few years the heavyweight division has been crying
out for some new blood and Jason is intent to giving it everything
Goossen said Gavern makes his pro debut on the undercard of this
Saturday's Mar.15 WBO Inter-Continental title fight between champion
Lou Savarses and Kirk Johnson being held at a newly constructed
arena adjacent to Club Life, one of the hottest nighclubs in Dallas,
"It's a great stage for his pro debut alongside the heavyweight
main event and also with stablemate and former 2002 Golden Glove
heavyweight Malcolm Tann" Goossen said.
The event marks the debut 2003 broadcast on the Fox Sports Net
"Sunday Night Fight" series when the fight will be shown
on tape delay, Sunday, March 16 at 6 PM.