Have Fans, Will Travel

Waiting for the winner...
Waiting for the outcome...
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Cody wins!

They are more than just cheerleaders, they are athletes too.  But on Friday night, Ashley Olhausen (16), Audrey Baldwin (17), McKenzie Hannahs (16) and Amanda Mathis (18) were preparing to watch their first live boxing match, and they were ready to holler. These Fallston girls had been talking about this all week. 

They noted that one of their very own, Cody Eisner gets a lot of play during the school’s announcements.  So they decided to come out and show their support.  And did they ever show it, duct tape and all.  These girls were so pumped, they mentioned it to some of their C. Milton Wright (CMW) friends.  They might be rivals on the baseball diamond, but not for this.  The CMW gang was primed too. 

Sporting Iron for their boy.

Cody did not disappoint. He came out swinging, landing him another win and putting his record at 7-1. 

How did it go for him?  Good.  Did he get hurt?  No.  Cody’s strategy? “My plan was to get in there and work the body real close to him because he had real long arms.”

Things don’t always go as planned.  But tonight, for Cody they did.  “He didn’t have any power so I tried to go out there and hit him with some hard shots in the first [round].  The only thing he had on me was his reach, but he had no power whatsoever.   I didn’t respect his power— I mean, I respect him as a fighter, but not his power.” 

The two previous battles saw hard-hitting fights that were pretty evenly matched.  And there was blood.  Does the sight of blood make Cody feel tentative?  Absolutely not.  “I’m not worried about getting knocked out or anything like that. The way I am going to win is by being comfortable and sticking to my game.”  

It was a special night, in more ways than one.  Cody is used to traveling for his matchups, but his cheering section ratcheted up the volume when Cody was announced and he appreciated it. “[Being from] Harford County- it’s good it gives me more energy and more confidence going in. DuBurns Arena

Cody was also injected with some new venom once he was done. “Right after the fight, they asked me if I could get down to 138 [pounds] and I told them yeah. They want to put me in the Junior Olympics next month.”  Cody currently weighs 140 pounds.

“That’s my goal now, the Junior Olympics.   I’m going to do as many fights as I can, the more the merrier. Win or lose it’s going to get me ready and that’s what I’m all about right now, getting that experience.”  Cody lamented. That and losing two pounds.

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After his Golden Gloves appearance, Cody was named sportsman of the year. The award, given annually, goes to two boxers who show good sportsmanship before, during and after a fight.  His opponent, Mike Reed was also a winner. 

“It doesn’t matter who won or lost, but they both went over to the opposing corner— and it was a close fight— and congratulated each other.  And it was just a nice thing.  I had to honor them,” said Bobby McGruder who was responsible for picking the winners.

Cody shows no mercy with his left hook.
Cody shows no mercy with his left hook.

Cody Eisner Regroups After Golden Gloves Loss

Limbering up before he trains.
Stretching it out with the ropes.

“He was better than I was.  He beat me fair and square,” said Cody Eisner. He is Mike Reed and Saturday night he squared off with Eisner for the Maryland Golden Gloves. The two 16-year old’s in the 141 lb. weight class battled, going the distance- three rounds at two minutes each.  In the end, it was Reed who walked away victorious. 

Make no mistake, Eisner isn’t happy about the loss. Not at all.  But he’s not about making excuses either.  Even when there were a few readily available.  He didn’t really want to talk about his fever or the lethargy he felt that day while he prepared to train on Wednesday.  It makes no difference to him that he was diagnosed with bronchitis four days after the bout.  These facts are irrelevant to him because a loss is a loss.  

On a positive note, Eisner had this to say,”Now that I have a loss, I know how to lose because there is pressure going into the ring and being undefeated.  I am not really worried about it anymore.”  His record moves to 6-1 (2 TKO’s).

Meanwhile, Reed was “feeling good” about his victory according to his father Michael Pinson. Reed, who goes by his mother’s last name trains out of the Dream Team Boxing Club in Clinton. He’s been boxing since he was 10-years old. In a telephone interview Thursday, Pinson said Reed’s record is currently 40-12 and his son worked hard to become the best in the state.  

Apparently, Reed packs a serious wallop. And Eisner can vouch for that.  One thing Eisner is taking away from the fight: “I know I got a chin that can withstand punches.  He [Reed] threw with a lot of power.”  

Eisner’s trainer, Moe Rites from the Baltimore Boxing Club said he has seen Reed’s style of boxing before. “They’re used to fighting guys that get hurt.  Then when they get in there with a guy who doesn’t get hurt,  they start making mistakes and get nervous.”

It's not a distinctive sight until you walk in and take in the grit of the Baltimore Boxing Club on Broadway.
It's not a distinctive sight until you walk up the stairs and take in the true grit of the Baltimore Boxing Club on Broadway.

Pinson also noted that in spite of Eisner being over-matched (Reed participated in 5o plus fights and Eisner in 6)  that he was impressed.  “He [Eisner] did a hell of a job.  He stood strong through it all. He did a good job,” Pinson said.    

That is just the sort of statement that motivates Eisner further. “I just wasn’t on my game… But again, I don’t want this to be an excuse.”  He said emphatically.  The no-excuses remark came up four times with Eisner (in approximately 2o minutes total). 

Here’s a quick recap. In the first round, Eisner took a shot that caught him off-balance and he fell to the matt. He withstood a standing-eight count and regrouped.  The second round he didn’t fare much better.  “After the second round I felt so out of shape. It felt like someone was squeezing me and I could not breathe at all. I didn’t want the ref. to stop it so I started telling myself just one more minute.  I started lying to myself.”   

Rites said Eisner did what he had to do and later added, “In the second round he told me he couldn’t breathe.  And at that point- excuse the French- it was balls to the walls for him.”  

So was Eisner just trying to make it through the fight at that time then?  “No. He was pretty fired up. He wanted to try and win it,” the trainer said without hesitation.

With just five seconds left in the fight, Eisner pummeled Reed so hard he knocked his mouth-piece  out. Still, it was not enough.  The judges called it in Reed’s favor. Cody and Mike hugged as a congratulations to one another.  The Maryland Golden Gloves go home with Reed.

Eisner is looking ahead and moving forward.  “I’m not caught up on it [the loss]. If I get caught up on this one then I am going to wind up losing more and more.  That’s not what I want.  This is just a speed bump in my road,” he said. 

Nice upper cut to the bag.
Nice upper cut to the bag.

Eisner will be lacing up his boxing shoes for a bout on April 10 at Du Burns Arena where he hopes to earn his seventh win.

To read more about Cody’s road to the Golden Gloves, go here.    

Maryland Golden Gloves: It’s On, Cody Eisner

Cody Eisner is prepared. On Saturday, this Fallston boxer will enter the ring to claim his domain. And if things go his way, he’ll step out with the Maryland Golden Gloves. 
He’s worked hard to get where he’s at.  He’s made sacrifices along the way.  What 16-year
old do you know who pays attention to protein and fiber intake?   What high school junior
do you know who is in bed by 9 p.m. because he gets up at the crack of dawn to get in
some extra running time?  
He trained the way he said he would: hard. So come fight time, it will be that much easier.  The gloves he uses for sparring and training weigh in at 16 ounces apiece.  The gloves he’ll use in battle Saturday weigh only 10 ounces.  The advantage this 12 oz (two gloves, people) gives him is clear, more velocity and power with each punch.  Faster. Stronger. It’s all been a part of his plan. 
Who has Cody watched in the ring to help develop this plan?  Mike Tyson.  So here’s a little eye-candy courtesy of you-tube to demonstrate why.  And maybe, just maybe it will give Cody an extra inspiration if and when he needs it.  (Don’t like rap music? Turn down the volume.)
Tyson was the undisputed heavywieght champion of the world, and at the age of 20, the youngest boxer to do so, a record that still remains. In the ring, he is menacing. Maniacal. He also has a well-documented and sordid past.  Cody’s thoughts on Tyson’s past? “He grew up in the toughest neighborhood in America.  We don’t know how he grew up and what he went through. If people knew the stuff he went through…[they’d] probably be the same way.”  Besides, Cody is not looking to emulate him out of the ring, just inside.  
Incidentally, Tyson’s first trainer- Kevin Rooney- has been working with Cody in the ring at the Baltimore Boxing Club recently.  The Baltimore Boxing Club is Cody’s professed second home.
Cody spars with people older, more experienced and heavier to make the most ot of his time and efforts.
Cody spars with people older, more experienced and heavier to make the most of of his time and efforts.

Did you know that Cody has two tattoos?  His first one, on his upper right arm, is dedicated to his Uncle Tim who passed away.  The name Allen is also noted in this piece for a close friend of the family who also passed away.  The second one is on his rippled stomach, the word IRON emblazoned across it. The iron reference doesn’t have anything to do with Tyson, though. It is the German translation of Eisner.   

Let’s hope Cody doesn’t mix up these two passions. That is, his worship for Tyson in the ring and his love for body ink and put them together, it could get ugly.  Cody has promised to keep needles away from his face.  Phew!  


Saturday’s fight takes place at the Sugar Ray Center in Landover.  Cody squares off with Mike Reed, a 16-year old who trains out of Clinton, MD. at the Dream Team Boxing Club.  Reed faced Jonathon Burros last week and won (when Cody had the bye).  To read more about Cody’s journey go here.  Since there were only three qualified boxers participating in Cody’s weight class- the junior olympics, this is it. 

This is the one!  If Cody wins…this is the beginning of realizing a dream.  It starts with the Maryland Golden Gloves.

It's like he's got happy feet.

Good Luck, Cody!

Photo credit: Mike Tyson, aol images.