Chancey Bush
Sixth-grader Bode Baker, left, and eighth-grader Ivan Garcia work on techniques in a practice match during the Clear Creek boxing team club practice at Clear Creek High School.
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Deep inside the Clear Creek High School and Middle School building, in a room adjacent to one of the science labs, Julean Laake is wailing on his teammate Michael Burch.

Burch has his hands up, but he’s all defense. He doesn’t throw any punches back.

Finally, coach Beau Campbell tells Burch he can throw one body shot at Laake, so he better use it wisely.

Burch lands a solid punch that’s audible even over the loud rock music.

“Michael punches really hard,” Campbell explains.