Knox’s student of the Sweet Science

From the Register-Mail:

Calvin Zirkle has been boxing since he was in high school. Back in Kankakee, it was something to do.

It would lead him to a Chicago Golden Gloves title.

Now a junior at Knox College, he found a home away from home in Galesburg. Going to school some three hours away from home could have put a damper on his training, but his coach put him in contact with Carlos Duncan, who runs his gym on Simmons Street.

When Duncan first saw Calvin come in, he knew he wasn’t just meeting another gym rat. He was looking a potentially electric talent and model pupil.

“Carlos defined my skills (at his gym),” Zirkle said. “A lot of people come to Carlos for a good workout and to gain discipline.”

Besides running a gym for people interested in learning the Sweet Science, Duncan was a boxing standout. Once rated as the 10th best welterweight in the world, Duncan moved on to be a Level IV Elite coach for USA Boxing. He would often travel with them to the World Championships and even went to the Olympics in 1996.