Bloodied and worn down Jan. 22 in Las Vegas, Tyler Pogline had just survived the first six-round boxing match of his career.
When the judges announced their scorecards, they went 60-53, 60-53 and 60-54 in favor of Pogline’s opponent, Anthony Lenk.
In the heartache of defeat, Pogline said he felt good about his performance.
“This was my first six-round match, and I think I did pretty good,” said Pogline, a 1998 Moffat County High School graduate. “I got a little frustrated and tried to knock (Lenk) out late, but I fought a good match.”
Most of Pogline’s previous matches have been four or five rounds, and he said the sixth round against Lenk was challenging.
Pogline said Lenk was a good boxer and put on a good match.
“He was a good mover and basically moved around me the whole match,” he said. “I studied his film beforehand, and usually he puts the pressure on his opponents, but I did that in this match.”
Looking back, Pogline said he probably could have done a few things differently that may have changed the outcome.
“I definitely could have controlled myself more in the ring,” he said. “If I had a little better focus, I wouldn’t have got frustrated late in the match.”
Still, Pogline said the experience of his first televised pro fight in Las Vegas was exciting.
“It was a cool experience, even though I was a little nervous in front of the TV cameras,” he said. “I thought it was a good thing for my career.”
After spending $6 gambling in Sin City, Pogline called it quits. He said the Las Vegas nightlife wasn’t for him.
When he arrived in Las Vegas, Pogline said a limousine greeted him at the airport.
“It was really cool being picked up and dropped off by a limo at the airport,” he said. “Top Rank, the promoter of the fight, took really good care of me.”
Pogline will fight next on March 26 in Denver against Felix Rios.
Heading into the fight, Pogline said he would hit the weights for the next month before cutting his weight down.
“I have two months to get ready, so I want to lift weights to get my weight to around 165 pounds,” he said. “I don’t feel I have anything else to lose at this point, so I am just going to go for it.”
As he puts the Lenk fight behind him, Pogline said he wanted to thank the people who helped him along the way.
“My two trainers, Robert Jacoby and Thomas Amparan, deserve a lot of thanks,” he said. “My right-hand man, Mike Miramontes, was also there for me the whole time.”
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