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Some local kids are world boxing champions

By Beth Fisher. CREATED Aug 19, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- There is a slew of world champion amateur boxers here in Las Vegas, and they've got the belts to prove it.

The Mayweather Boxing Club not only trains the pros, it turns out world champion amateurs too like Akeem Cheatham. "Like Floyd says, hard work, dedication. Hard work  pays off when you fight and then you win this belt. So it's like you're proud of yourself."

Akeem Cheatham is also proud of his 8-year-old brother Jamil. Both of them just returned from Kansas World Champions in their age and weight class.

Same story for all of these guys who train here in Las Vegas and made it to the top at the Ringside World Championships. Fighter Quontez Mcrath said, "It was sweet after I lost in the finals in the Golden Glove nationals here in Las Vegas. It was nice."

These guys are fierce fighters. Devin Haney is number one in the world in his age and weight class. "I love that boxing is a one on one sport. I the only person in the ring. If I lose it's because of me not anybody else."

It may be an individual sport, but  all of these athletes admit they get nervous watching each other fight. Each of them has big dreams and Floyd Diaz, named after Mayweather, has a name to live up to. "My dream is to be the greatest in boxing history. Floyd likes that I'm trying to be better than him."

Las Vegas brought home the most championship belts than any city in the World Competition.

Sharif Rahman said it's because, "We work hard. Especially fighters from this gym. We work hard. That's the key for the gym. Hard work and dedication. Hard work pays."

Beth Fisher

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Beth Fisher is an anchor for Good Morning Las Vegas and reports on the positive news in Las Vegas.