Cleveland Heights student training for U.S. Olympic boxing team

Cleveland Heights boxer training for the U.S. Olympics
Charles "Bad News" Conwell trains for the Olympics. (Source: WOIO)
Charles "Bad News" Conwell trains for the Olympics. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Olympic dreams are coming true right here in Northeast Ohio.

Eighteen-year-old Charles "Bad News" Conwell is a Cleveland Heights native and the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic Boxing team.

His father gave him the nickname and it stuck -- he's that fierce in the boxing ring.

"I mean, everybody else is making this a big deal, I  just look at this like I'm a regular person, everybody else is putting me at this high level," said Conwell.

After earning his spot on team USA in the Olympic trials, his friends and family welcomed him home. He tells me he's a tough guy but was overwhelmed.

"I almost cried. I had to suck it up, it was a big thing in my throat and I had to swallow it," he said.

But he's focused. He's been training at Thurgood Marshall Rec Center for years. His father coaches him and says they've they've been preparing for this moment their entire lives.

"It's like where we're supposed to be for real because we train for these moments to make it to the Olympics, to the Pan Am games and then you get there and it's like this is where I'm supposed to be," said Charles Conwell Sr.

"Bad News" says he's ready for some good news. He plans to bring the gold home for the USA and Northeast Ohio.

"I'm not nobody special, I'm just a regular kid who worked hard and never quit," he said.

His high school and coaches have started an online fundraiser to help get his family get to the Olympics this summer. Click the link to support the Conwell family.

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