Denise Scott is raising five kids, so it goes without saying that she’s basically a superhero.
But when her oldest child D’Monte got into boxing, she took her support for her kids a step further by learning the sport herself. You don’t see a lot of moms coaching ringside at fights, but that’s exactly what Scott does.
“I feel like they love it,” she said. “Mikey and Monte, the two who’ve been boxing longest, know that you don’t see too many mothers being a coach. You don’t really see a lot of the mothers – it’s always the fathers. So, I feel like they think it’s even better because I’m there with them doing the thing they love.”
Scott, who lives in Redford Township, is a certified boxing coach and can be seen hitting the bags and getting in the ring with her sons at Kronk Boxing Gym in Westland. Kronk, inside the Jefferson Barns Vitality Center in Norwayne, offers free boxing and tutoring to students if they agree to do well in school and be an upstanding person outside of the gym.
For Scott’s family, training together makes the boys’ boxing pursuits feel more like a team sport and gives Scott a way to show her kids that she supports their dreams. Two of her kids don’t enjoy competing in the sport, but they are there at the gym with everyone else.
“It’s just seeing my kids happy,” Scott said. “My youngest son, Lavell, wants to be a pro fighter. So, my thing is if I can help him make that dream come true, I’d love that. I just want them to be successful in whatever they do.”
That hard work has paid off, especially for her two youngest sons. Lavell, 10, recently became a national Silver Gloves champion in his age bracket. Next month, the whole family will travel to Ireland to watch Michael fight in a USA vs. Ireland competition.
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Scott joked that, though boxing is a heavy contact sport, she doesn’t plan to start taking punches to the face anytime soon.
“They know not to hit me. But I do get in the ring with them and put the gloves on,” she said. “We spar and they throw little punches, but they never really hit me.”
Boxing is one of those sports where parents can truly train alongside their kids, not just coach or watch from the stands. Scott said that aspect of the sport has brought her closer to her boys.
“I know first hand the heartaches that he’s going through,” she said. “You understand a lot more when you’re actually doing it, even with all the behind the scenes things like the pushups and jumping jacks. When you’re going through the motions with your kids, you feel exactly what they’re feeling.”