Local boxer Maddie Bollin sets sights on national championship

Maddie Bollin is currently ranked #4 in USA Boxing national rankings.

GALENA, Kan. – Maddie Bollin is soft-spoken.

So, she lets her hands do the talking.

“I just know I have to go in there and be aggressive,” Bollin says, “I can block everybody out when I’m in there.”

“Everybody’s got a different outlook of things when they get in the ring,” says Dallas Cook, Bollin’s coach, “They know…the combat in front of them and you have to go to work.”

Bollin, who fights out of Heartland Boxing Gym in Galena, has made her way up to #4 in the USA Boxing women’s national rankings.

But she’s not done climbing.

“I just love it. I want to go as far as I can with it,” Bollin says of her goals, “I want to get at least 200 fights, shoot for the Olympics, win all the national titles and win everything I can with it.”

Bollin will be in the ring this weekend at the KC Golden Gloves regional tournament, an event she has won the last two years.

“I’m feeling confident, but I don’t take anyone lightly,” she says of this weekend.

“She’s a real aggressive fighter,” Cook adds of Bollin, “She’s got good speed and good power. We’ve been working a little bit on the Tyson style, moving the head a little bit more and coming in.”

Bollin hopes this weekend is another step on her way to the top.

She credits her trainer and her gym for the opportunity to get there.

“I wouldn’t be where I am without the gym or Dallas,” Bollin says, “Dallas is the best coach out there.”

“She loves boxing,” Cook finishes, “Anything you love, you’re going to put more into it, put your heart into it and more drive toward it. That’s what she kind of lives for right now.”

Bollin played collegiate soccer at NEO before beginning her boxing career.

After fighting at the KC Golden Gloves this weekend, Bollin will begin preparing for USA Boxing Nationals, which will be in December in Shreveport, Louisiana.