“Before, I would only train when I had a fight. But, I have been in the gym a couple times a week for awhile and since I booked this fight, I have been going in almost every day before and after work.”
— Tyler Pogline, a 1998 Moffat County High School graduate, on changing his training regimen for today’s boxing match in New York
If you look at Tyler Pogline’s boxing record, the Craig native has gone 1-4 in his past five bouts dating back to March 6, 2010.
Pogline fought Jan. 22, 2011, in Las Vegas in his first televised six-round match against Anthony Lenk.
Lenk won the contest by a 60-53, 60-53, 60-54 decision.
But, as Pogline, a 1998 Moffat County High School graduate, prepares for his next match today against Cletus Seldin in Huntington, N.Y., he has no doubts where he stands in his boxing career.
“My record is 5-9, so on paper, I don’t look good,” Pogline said Thursday. “(Seldin’s team) thinks they are just going to get an easy man, but that’s not going to be me.”
Pogline and Seldin will go six rounds at Paramount Theatre in Huntington. The bout is Pogline’s first on the east coast.
Seldin is 5-0 with three knockouts and is the hometown boy from Long Island, sure to have a supportive crowd behind him.
However, Pogline said what’s different about this match than his past few is he’s training more consistently.
“Before, I would only train when I had a fight,” he said. “But, I have been in the gym a couple times a week for a while and since I booked this fight, I have been going in almost every day before and after work.”
Pogline also has another advantage this time around — the 31-year-old joined forces with trainer Carlos Ibarra at Altitude MMA in Colorado Springs.
Ibarra said he had been hoping to get Pogline in the gym for a while to spar with some of his other fighters, and the two finally connected a few months ago.
Pogline was raw when he came in, Ibarra said, but has made improvements every day.
“Tyler had never really trained before, and was just doing it himself, so he was like a barroom brawler,” Ibarra said. “He never really had the skill set before, but he was always tough and refused to give up. He has the tenacity, and with me, we have been able to instill a lot of skills and I think he will surprise (Seldin).”
Pogline said since joining Ibarra and Altitude MMA, he has not only become more consistent, but has a fighting family.
“The guys there at the gym are really supportive,” he said. “It is pretty much a gym I can learn and train at with a really good team behind me.”
Against Seldin, Pogline said his greatest advantage is going to be his ability to punch from a distance.
Seldin is shorter than Pogline, coming in about six inches smaller.
“My trainer tells me to start everything with my jab,” he said. “I have been throwing so many jabs lately, I am throwing them in my sleep because they are like a reflex now. I am one of the taller welterweights, so I need to keep my distance and not let (Seldin) get inside.”
Four of Pogline’s five victories have come by way of knockout.
With Pogline’s biggest payday on the line, Ibarra said all the training and conditioning for the past couple of months will pay off today.
“If Tyler can get his counter punches going and get a big volume of punches to land, he will be fine,” Ibarra said. “His record does not reflect how good he is. He is moving up, and his opponent shall see (today).”
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