Randi Griffith’s boxing trips have taken her across the country and she will be training at Team USA’s home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Griffith, a Governor High School student who, along with her twin sister, Rikki, won titles at the National Junior Olympics last summer, won her championship bout in the 132-kilogram young women’s category in the Saturday night sessions of the US National Boxing Championships in Shreveport, Louisiana.
âI’ve won other tournaments but winning this one was really a big deal,â said Randi Griffith, who lives in Fowler.
Randi Griffith defeated Alexandria Luby of Caldwell, Idaho, for the American boxing crown by unanimous decision. Tournament winners earn a spot on the US boxing team and an invitation to train for international competitions at the USA Training Center in Colorado.
âThis is the highest level she can go to work with American coaches,â said Gordy Griffith, who is the father of the twins.
Randi said his first trip to the Olympic training center would be in May. She can’t wait to face the best fighters.
âIt’s a big deal to go over there (to the Olympic training center),â said Randi Griffith.
Rikki Griffith narrowly missed the team at 125 pounds after her match against Houston’s Yoseline Perez was controversially disrupted in the third round.
Despite the loss, Rikki was happy that his twin sister won her division.
âRikki is extremely happy for her sister,â said Gordy Griffith. âThe loss will motivate her. “
The Griffith twins travel to Syracuse a few times a week so they can train with boxers other than themselves. They train together, but both like to trade punches with other competitors.
âWe don’t like to fight against each other,â said Randi Griffith.
Combat sports are a family activity as Rikki Griffith won the Silver Gloves Championships in September. Their younger sister, Zoey, is a top wrestler on Team Gouverneur in the 126-pound category. Their father said it was wonderful for the girls to have more opportunities.
âIt’s nice to see sports like wrestling and boxing have more chances to compete,â said Gordy Griffith. âThere were no Silver Gloves nationwide until recently.â
The Griffith sisters stand out in cross country as well as indoor and outdoor athletics. Zoe and Rikki both represented Governor in the Class C Girls Division race at the NYSPHSAA Cross Country Competition on November 13 at Chenango Valley State Park in Section 4. Rikki placed 50th and Zoe finished 110th out of 130 runners in this race.
âRunning cross-country and on the track helps a lot, but we always do our races in our free time,â said Randi Griffith.
The twins also thank their father for helping them motivate them to become better boxers. His guidance helped the duo grow into two of the best fighters in their age group.
âHe really pushes us to be better and to keep us in the gym,â said Randi Griffith.