There may not be a boxing club at the university, but that did not stop one student from pursuing his goal of becoming a professional boxer.
Brandin Chalker, a senior biology major from San Antonio, ended his amateur boxing career last weekend with a 4-1 loss in the 132-pound weight class to Cresencio Ramos in the Texas State Golden Gloves Tournament.
"[Ramos] was a buddy of mine from San Antonio," Chalker said. "He was a good fighter. He had 148 amateur fights in his career, and I only had 35. Experience goes a long way."
However, Chalker's loss in the amateur league is not stopping him from going pro.
"My plan is to turn pro, and if I stay undefeated in that league, I would love to make boxing my career," Chalker said.
Chalker said he will graduate in May and plans to move to Los Angeles to look for a job in pharmaceuticals while launching his professional boxing career.
"I feel I’ll be a lot better in the pros because it’s not based on the same point system," Chalker said. "But if I get one loss on my record, I’ll just go back to being a regular guy with a job. Once you lose, it’s like nobody wants to see you fight."
The 25-year-old said he has about five years left in his prime, but he will always enjoy boxing.
"It’s fun. It’s something I look forward to. It’s like a physical chess match," Chalker said.
Chalker said he began boxing his senior year of high school as a way to stay in shape before college.
Chalker, who attended San Antonio College before transferring to TCU, said boxing helped him learn about work ethic before college.
"I was working, boxing and going to school at the same time. I was the first one of my family to go to college," Chalker said. "It taught me that I can't be lazy."