Q&A: Craig native Tyler Pogline focused, fierce leading into upcoming boxing bout
After two decades in the sport, the next round of pugilism will be a crucial test for Craig native Tyler Pogline.
Pogline, who grew up in Northwest Colorado and graduated from Moffat County High School in 1998, is scheduled to box in the middleweight class against 2-0 Alejandro Ibarra Saturday night at Greeley’s Island Grove Park Exhibit Hall in an event through Sparta Combat League.
Pogline, 37, currently lives in Colorado Springs and holds a 6-14-1 record dating back to 2003. Craig Press caught up with the boxer about his upcoming bout and history in the sport.
CP: When did you first get your start boxing?
Pogline: I first started at Craig Elks Boxing Club 20 years ago, almost to the month. It was a United Way-funded organization Ted Morales put together, and I’ll actually have his son Max in my corner for this fight. I had gotten kicked off the wrestling team my senior year, and I need something to fill that void, so I started boxing.
What drew you to the sport?
My grandpa was a boxer, my brothers and cousins boxed. It’s led to bigger and better things for me, but I was scared of it at first. I hated violence, and when I would see it, my adrenaline would make my body go numb, so I wanted to overcome that fear. I also went to UFC 1 with my mom and dad at McNichols Arena. Back then, they got away a lot like fight clubs, guys fighting three times a night, no weight classes, before people started stepping in to make it more safe.
How has your career gone step by step?
I was 0-5 before I got my first win, and then I started in my own gym and got to 4-5. My goal was to break even, and then I was going to hang ’em up. I’ve always looked at numbers as an excuse to give it up, but I don’t think I’m good at quitting. I’ve balanced two careers for 15 years from when I first went pro. I’ve been a UPS driver for the past 12 years.
After I won the Golden Gloves in Craig in 2002, I wanted to go into the Army, but that didn’t really work out for a few reasons. I went pro at 22, I was making minimum wage, and I had two kids, and I wanted to at least make enough money to support them.
What’s your family life like?
I’ve got four kids now, my oldest, Tyson, is 18. I also got remarried and she had four kids, so that’s eight together. They’re not boxers, but they’re all wrestling. There’s seven boys and one girl, and when she wrestled, she was a beast, but now she’s more into cheerleading and stuff like that.
What’s an average day like in terms of training?
I set up my won gym in my garage because I kind of like to be alone with that, I’ve got everything I need. I get up, work, run about four miles, come back and do about 12 rounds on the bags, spar on the weekends. That’s about it.
What will this next fight mean to you personally?
It should be pretty good, but this is a true test for me. I’ve gotta win this one, and I don’t even want to think about losing, but I think if I happen to lose, that’s three in a row and it kind of makes it look like I should hang it up. I don’t think I’m gonna lose because I’ve got my mind set to take care of business.
It’s kept me in shape, kept me focused, and it’s helped me financially in times when I needed it, other times not so much. Right now, I’m kind of breaking even on the whole thing, and if I win this fight I’ll probably get some more opportunities out there. My goal is 23 more rounds will put me at 100, and I told myself I wanted to go until I was 40. I think that’s a good goal to strive for.
Any words for your hometown?
I’m proud to be from Craig, and I’ll always remember where I came from.