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 fighter.

"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 he has."

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, Texas.

"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.