MILTON, Ga. — Cambridge High School’s Mike Hudson is a well-rounded athlete.
The rising senior runs the 110- and 300-meter hurdles for the track team. He is also on the Bears wrestling team and is a starting linebacker and fullback on the football field. He has been offered a baseball scholarship as a pitcher though he is not currently playing the sport.
But perhaps his strongest sport is outside of the wrestling mat or on a turf field; it is inside the ring. Hudson is currently ranked No. 1 nationally by USA Boxing in the heavyweight division in the 17 to 18-year old division. He will soon bring his talents back to the national stage by competing in the 2019 National Junior Olympics June 22-29 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Hudson, who trains at Chandler Academy, began boxing at 4 years old and has since racked up a long list of accolades. He has won one world title, five national titles, four Southeast Region title and 22 state championships.
The heavyweight is looking forward to defending his top national rank at the Junior Olympics.
“I’m excited for the opportunity, the intensity at nationals is on another level,” Hudson said. “And I’m happy to have the No. 1 ranking, it can show you where you stand, but in boxing you can’t flaunt it too much, and you can never take a tournament for granted.”
Hudson captured the top ranking by winning the USA Boxing Eastern Trials championship Oct. 12 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Hudson won by a technical knockout in the first round and quickly had to drive back to Milton to play in Cambridge’s football game against Johns Creek. Hudson played all four quarters and compiled nine tackles.
He describes his fighting style as “aggressive” and “relentless.”
“I like to throw a lot of punches, which does take good stamina,” he said. “But I can also fight on the outside or protect depending on who I’m fighting.”
Being a boxer from Milton does come with its challenges, though. Hudson said finding sparring partners has become difficult, and he is sometimes overlooked coming from an area that does not have a strong boxing community.
However, Hudson is hoping to be Milton’s outlier in the Junior Olympics and said he wants to defend and maintain his No. 1 ranking. The tournament in Madison will feature brackets and three, 3-minute rounds.
While he hopes to capture another national title in the junior level, Hudson’s ultimate goal is the Olympics.
“That’s where I really want to be,” he said. “My focus is on getting to that level.”
For more information on the Junior Olympics, visit teamusa.org.