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Welcome To Champions Choice Boxing

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you to this web site and let you know a little about me, and why I developed this site. My name is Mike Kilmer. I was born and raised in Long Beach, California which is part Los Angeles County area and presently live in South Dakota for the last 46 years. I am the the Vice Chairman for the South Dakota Athletic Commission. I have a devoted interest in the sport of Boxing and MMA. I ran my gym, Champions Choice Boxing until about 2005 at which time my son took over the business. I am currently still the South Dakota USA Boxing LBC President and have been for 20 plus years. I was the Regional Coordinator, both Junior and Senior, for the WYOMONDAK Region that include 4 states, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota. The Champions Choice Boxing gym still resides in Spearfish, South Dakota and successfully run by Stoney Kilmer, His accomplishment after taking over the helm has been extremely success in help to develop many your boxers. I believe that anyone can learn to Box, but even more important I believe that the sport of boxing can greatly help in the developing strong, well-adjusted youth both young men and women with strong morals and values.

My two sons who competed in the amateur divisions and both put in numerous hours to give back to the sport they dearly loved. I hope this site will continue to improve the levels of communication for other athletes and coaches, so they may be informed of what is going on the in world of amateur and professional boxing. I would like to take just a moment to give credit and express my admiration to a few individuals whom have helped me over the years and continue to be my greatest friends.



First of all, I would like to thank my wife, without whose help I would not have been able to achieve any of my goals. She not only can fill the place of me as a coach but does all the things that I just can’t seem to get done.

Kenny Weldon is probably been more influential and given me more knowledge into the Sweet Science of boxing. With his abilities to teach both athletes and coaches and
making them understand the simplicities and correct techniques of both defense and aggression. I will always continue to learn from him and will know that the sweet science is to be able to hit your opponent from the farthest distance away with maximum leverage without being hit.

Thanks so very much Kenny Weldon. 


Most of all I would like to thank both my sons, Stoney and Chet, whom have always been there to help me and continue to give back in any way they can. They have both inherited the values of giving to others in any way that they can. Thanks guys you are the best.

 

 

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What's Happening with USA Boxing?
 
Problem: USA Boxing is under the gun to either reform or they will shut us down. This threat comes from both AIBA and the USOC. Their word for it is "decertification."
 
What it means: USA Boxing would cease to exist. The national office would close. Athletes and clubs would have to buy their own health and liability insurance, if they could find someone who would sell them a policy.
 
Most state athletic commissions would demand to regulate shows. The cost of a single show would go from the present sanction fee to as high as several thousand dollars.
 
Many clubs would be forced to close. Some boxers would migrate to other sports. Many boxers would be lost to the streets.
 
Reform Committee Update: We recommended a "Reform Committee" to AIBA and the USOC whose job would be to create a plan, acceptable to both, which would keep USA Boxing from being shut down.
 
The committee members are a USA Boxing person (not myself or the Executive Director), an AIBA representative, an athlete representative, a LBC president and an independent person, who is the chair of the Reform Committee.
 
The Reform Committee held their first meeting about one week ago. They will meet two more times over the next month. After the third meeting, they will present their final plan. Both AIBA and the USOC must approve the plan before USA Boxing can implement it.
 
Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski and I are not members of the Reform committee and do not participate in their deliberations. We met with them during their first meeting and described our problems. We left the room. Later, they called us back to answer questions. The committee met for three days. At the end, they told us their viewpoints and here is what we know.
 
Possible Changes: Everything written below can change in the future because the Reform Committee will meet two more times. 
 
It appears USA Boxing will have a Board of Directors comprised of more independent directors. Additionally, there will be several boxing constituencies, as well as 20% representation by athletes. The LBC presidents may have voting power. Systems will be put in place to root out corruption on every level.
 
Many members of the new board will be required to be experts in certain areas such as business, law, education, athlete performance, etc. Programs will be developed and carried out to help local clubs with marketing. Also, programs to raise the level of athletes, coaches and officials.
 
Who will lead the new USA Boxing? Right now we don't know. The Reform Committee will develop a process for selecting candidates and seating new board members.
 
Remember, if either AIBA or the USOC rejects the Reform Committee plan, they could shut us down.
 
USOC set a deadline of mid-January for the final plan but there is too much work to meet their date. I expect the USOC will grant more time to ensure we get a high quality plan, as the USOC wants a high quality organization, too.
 
Who is representing you? I am. Anthony Bartkowski is. Reform Committee members are. Athletes, coaches, officials and all other members of USA Boxing are our sacred trust. We stand accountable for inappropriate actions earlier this year. I don't know if I will be part of the new leadership but until I am removed, I will be moving full speed to support each and every one of you.
 
I hear that someone encouraged LBC presidents to pull out of USA Boxing. Nobody should feel they are captive in USA Boxing. Some persons believe they would be better off in a private organization not recognized by the USOC, not protected by the Ted Stevens Act and not eligible to compete in international competitions. They believe they don't need a Reform Program designed to help you market, clean up corruption or use education programs available to everyone.
 
You are free to leave USA Boxing. Any LBC that wants to function alone under the control of a state athletic commission is free to leave and we wish you well. Send your LBC Notice to the USA Boxing Office in Colorado Springs, signed by the LBC president and any supporting LBC board members and you are out. If you stay with us, we expect loyalty, standards and action.
 
All athletes, clubs, officials and other members of a succeeded LBC who wish to stay with us will be reassigned to a nearby LBC. Or, USA Boxing will establish a new administrative organization replacing the former LBC functions.
 
If a former LBC, or a former member, wants to rejoin USA Boxing, you can come back. There may be a probationary period, higher costs and possibly other limitations.
 
If you stay with us, we expect your loyalty and support of the Reform Committee plan. We expect every action by your LBC will be for the best interests of USA Boxing. You may not agree with every action and that is okay. Still, we expect your judgment will be evaluated by the standards of what a reasonable person would do in your situation.
 
I ask all members to come together and support USA Boxing. I ask each of you to stand with me to save USA Boxing until the gavel is removed from my hand. After that, I will ask you to support the new leader.
 
God bless each of us and lead us to restore the sport we love to greatness.
 
Have a wonderful holiday season. All good things for you and your family in the New Year!
 
Yours in boxing,
 

Charleses

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