After a successful career as an amateur boxer, Rusta King has dived head first into now becoming a full-time gym owner and trainer. Recently, he joined The Inner Sanctum to discuss why he opened up a gym, Seconds Down Boxing, and his hopeful transition into professional boxing at the end of the year.
Opening a gym has been one lifelong dreams for the 24 year old, who admits he’s faced some difficulties during the operation.
Becoming a full-time trainer was a struggle of its own, given King had to juggle a job outside of boxing while preparing his own fighters for bouts within the gym.
“That was definitely the hardest part about opening the gym,” he told.
“I guess trusting myself and trusting the business enough to support me while I was able to, you know, live out my dreams.”
In all, King believes that taking on the role of full time trainer has opened up a new perspective on boxing as a whole.
“I was a head-trainer at the local PCYC for about five years so, I was able to sort everything out there,” King lauded.
“The main one is just creating an environment where everyone feels safe, and everyone feels happy.”
Giving back to the sport is high on the agenda for the Newcastle native, who believes the sport has been generous to him.
More than serving as a hobby, King believes it has saved his life on multiple occasions.
“I think a big part of it definitely was, this sport, in general, probably saved my life many times,” he explained.
“Just growing up and having this space around myself, the sport of boxing has always been that sport of outcasts where people that don’t really fit in anywhere.”
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Despite having past experience as a trainer at a local PCYC Gym in Newcastle, King still believes he has a lot to learn about coaching. Specifically, what he can do to help his fighters go all the way and about the fighter on a personal level.
“The fact of getting to know people around you and picking up on people’s strengths and weaknesses and just making sure that I take the time to talk to every one of the athletes here,” King conveyed.
“Because, you know, everyone needs that little bit of support every now and then, that’s the main thing. You know, mental health is of such a massive key too, especially this sport.”
Aside from the ins and outs of gym ownership, King is now targeting a pro-debut towards the end of the year.
He also hopes some of his fighters can join him in the ring.
“I definitely, definitely want to have my pro debut at the end of the year, definitely,” King revealed.
“I just want to create an environment where people get to learn the sport that gave me my whole life and we could get a couple of fighters and get a couple of people having a fight.
While he is proud of the progress he’s made, King credits his support network, which allows him to balance the heavy workload.
“It does get hard sometimes, you know, but I’m lucky enough to have the support from the guys in at Pinpoint Athlete in town, who keep my conditioning 100%,” King concluded.
“On top of that, you know, it’s this sport that has been my whole life for a long time. So I don’t really know anything else.
“I’ve got a really good support team, you know, like my parents, my girlfriend, then 110% wouldn’t have been able to do without them.
“So, it does get easier when you lean on those people around you.”
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