Monday Oct 10 2011
By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
Folsom officer seeks second belt
James Dorris loves everything about boxing, including the challenge. On Saturday Dorris has an opportunity to capitalize on the huge challenge before him: to win the United States International Amateur Boxing Association (USIAB) Cruiserweight championship against Chuck Pfau, the main event of the MMA & Boxing Badge vs. Badge showcase at the Sacramento Red Lion Hotel beginning at 7 p.m. To do so, Dorris has had to drop 40 pounds from his regular weight when he’s not training for a fight and 20 pounds from his regular boxing weight. Dorris is the current U.S. Super Cruiserweight title holder and he’s going for another belt. “It’s extremely difficult to lose that weight so this is my first and last fight in this weight class,” Dorris said. “I have my belt and I want another one so that’s why I’m doing it. After this I’m going to put on 30 pounds and go for the heavyweight title and then I’m done.” Dorris, 36, has been a Folsom police officer for six years. He lives in Amador County with his family and has been boxing for eight years. He’s won 16 bouts over his career against five losses and one draw. He’s earned two gold medals and two bronze medals, while competing in the Western States Police and Fire Games. “I’ve always loved the sport of boxing,” Dorris said. “I grew up watching Evander Holyfield and I just loved how he portrayed the sport. I like that it’s one-on-one, just you and your opponent.” Boxing is not as easy as it looks; there’s more to it than just throwing punches. Before a boxer climbs in the ring he’s worked his tail off preparing for the bout. That hard work separates the successful boxers and those who aren’t. Dorris loves the boxing workout, even though it’s physically and mentally challenging. He works out five days a week and spends a lot of time at Folsom MMA working with his trainer, Shon Moore, who he’s worked with for two years. “James has totally changed his game,” Moore said. “He used to be a puncher, but now he’s a boxer. He’s worked hard to improve his footwork and learn the angles. Now he has a lot of speed and elusiveness.” Good footwork, Moore explained, gives the boxer the ability to set up punches as well as make it harder to get hit. “You’ve got to love to train and I do,” Dorris said. “It keeps me in shape and I have to be in shape anyway for my job. You have to have some natural ability to be a boxer and for me it’s my right hand. I’ve got a lot of power. You’ve also got to be quick and have quick reflexes.” Dorris said his boxing training has helped him at times as a police officer. “We’re not allowed to throw punches, but my training does help me,” Dorris said. “It slows everything down. My reflexes have improved so much that everything is slower to me outside of the ring.” For more information on Saturday’s MMA and Boxing event, go to badgevsbadge.com.