A Sit Down With Boxing’s Rising Star “Scrappy” Shinard Bunch (Video Inside)
What’s good fight fans? Today I had the chance to catch up with an impressive young talent in the boxing world. “Scrappy” Shinard Bunch is a Brooklyn, New York native. He may only be 18 years old but is very seasoned in the sport of boxing.
Scrappy has always enjoyed watching boxing ever since he could remember. As a child, he was fascinated watching reruns of the greats such as Mohammed Ali and “Smokin” Joe Frazier. There is also a deep history in his family of boxers. At the age of 5, his cousin was heading off to the gym when Scrappy’s father told him to go with him. Being a curious child he went on the trip. Little did he know that a simple trip to the gym would change the course his life would take. Not long after arrival, the coach at the time asked him if he had any interest in boxing. He told the coach he had no idea. With his cousin and father supporting the idea the coach got him training.
Two short years later at the age of 7 Scrap found himself in his first fight in Rochester, New York. He competed at the silver gloves level and earned himself a win. Pretty impressive for a 7-year-old with only two years of part-time training. He stayed the course. Training under Yoel Judah (father of boxing great Zab Judah) he began to hone his craft.
As he entered middle school he branched out to try new things. He gave basketball and soccer a try which he enjoyed. He also was a big fan of playing rugby which he did too. Through all the sports he always maintained his boxing behind the scenes. Once he got into high school his focus shifted back. He did not participate in any other sports. Boxing was what he wanted to do and he put in the time required by a champion.
Scrappy has racked up a pretty impressive resume. In New York, he has a record of 80 wins and 2 losses. Now he resides in Trenton, New Jersey and his record in this state is 214 wins and 4 losses. Yes, you read that correctly. Scrappy has a total amateur record of 300 wins and 6 losses. Mind boggling number for someone that age.
Now I know what you may be thinking, all of these fights and nothing accomplished but a record. You would be wrong to assume that. Scrappy has been part of the U.S.A. boxing team three times. He recently returned from training with them again. He is working his way to a golden gloves honor with plans to compete with the U.S.A. Olympic Boxing team in Japan. All of his hard work has landed him at the number 3 ranked amateur fighter in the state also. September 9, 2017, he found himself in a title fight. As that evening came to a close his hand was raised and he was the 141-pound WBF amateur world boxing champion. Once he completes his goal with team USA he plans to go to the professional level to test his skills against the best in the world.
January 20, 2018, Scrappy will be stepping into the ring once again, but this time to defend his title that he worked so hard for. He will be facing a tough Philly brawler names Kevin serrano. Scrappy is by far ready for this fight. He is currently on weight but told me he is never more than 10 pounds over fight weight at any time. He constantly trains and stays ready. We started to talk about the upcoming fight so naturally, I wanted to have his prediction. He assured me he has every intention of winning.
I was also able to watch Scrappy train for his upcoming title fight. He has speed, power, the will to win, and genuinely enjoys what he is doing. He is as humble as he is great and I am sure that there is a bright future ahead for the New York native. Being an MMA fan I asked if that transition would one day happen for him. He told me there is always a possibility, but for now, boxing is his main focus.
Scrappy will be defending his belt under Primal Promotions on January 20, 2018. It will be taking place at Primal Gym located at 3 Nami Lane in Hamilton, New Jersey.
Scrappy would like to thank all of his friends, family, and coaches for always standing behind him. He always would like to thank his sponsors and the crew at Primal Gym for their continued support.
I have to thank the champ for giving me some of his time at the end of his long training camp. I look forward to speaking with him again in the future and wish him all the best of luck. Singing off for NickPortellaMMA.com