Ellsworth teen: Boxing saved my life
Nicholas Christiansen was caught up in the gang life of the Twin Cities staring at a bleak future.
The ray of light came when he was introduced to the sport of boxing.
"It got me out of trouble," he said. "It taught me self-discipline plus being in shape makes you feel good about yourself."
Christiansen has trained for the last year out of the Hastings (Minn.) Boxing Academy. Next month, the 16-year-old Ellsworth native will find himself in a spot he never thought possible when he was in the gang world: competing in the World Ringside Boxing Tournament, Aug. 4-8, in Kansas City, Mo.
"I'll be going up against boxers from Germany, Nigeria, Mexico, Australia and Great Britain, so, yeah, there are some nerves," he said.
For more please read the July 8 print version of the Herald.