Jan 2, 2012 11:32 PM by Shawn Kline

Hometown boxer grabs Champ's interest at 5-0

5-0. That's his professional record in the ring.

Now, a boxer born and raised in Lafayette is getting some looks from the championship level, one of those names: George Foreman Boxing.

Foreman's career:
76-wins, 68 knock outs, a heavyweight champ and an olympic gold medalist.

"In 1986 I was his chief sparring partner." Brent Bowers says, "I sparred George maybe 300 rounds."

25-years-later, Bowers is still sparring. Now, with a new generation of boxers like Foreman's son: 14-0 with 13 knock outs.

"Man, he can hit like George and move like Ali if he wants to," Bowers said about George III, known to friends as "monk."

Bowers career spans four decades working with some of the best boxers in the world like George Foreman and now some fighters are taking an interest in one boxer right here in Lafayette.

"It's a great honor." Chad Trahan says, "these guys have been there- they've been at the top of the game."

Chad Trahan is a home grown middleweight from Lafayette; a southpaw.

"They know what it takes to succeed," Trahan said of Bowers and Foreman. "All I need to do is listen."

He's undefeated through five professional bouts, four of those wins were knockouts.

"He can punch real hard." Bowers says, "he's a puncher."

Bowers and Foreman see Trahan as one of the most promising fighters in his class and with some training, Bowers hopes to make this home-town fighter a knock-out.

"Just need to keep fighting and maybe get a title one day." Bowers says, "I know that's what he wants."

So who is this Chad Trahan?
Later this week, KATC's Andy Burrell sits down with the fighter who some say is one of the best ever to come out of Acadiana.



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