Fight club

RN&R photographer Eric Marks takes his camera into the ring with Nevada Wolf Pack BoxingRN&R photographer Eric Marks takes his camera into the ring with Nevada Wolf Pack Boxing

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Nevada Wolf Pack boxing at the University of Nevada, Reno isn’t the athletic club that gets the most recognition from the school or its athletic department, but the club is rich in history and has already earned five team national championships, including a 2015 National Collegiate Boxing Association victory in Miami.

The team trains at its Fourth Street gymnasium, which is only a few blocks away from where the famous Jack Johnson vs. Jim Jeffries heavyweight title fight took place on July 4, 1910.

But after a disappointing performance last week at the Eldorado Reno Resort Casino against the Air Force team, assistant coach Pat Jefferson said the Wolf Pack is lacking in conditioning.

Jefferson, who plans to intensify the training after an annual boxing event next week in New York, hopes to return the current team to the prestige of an organization that has produced boxers like three-time Nevada collegiate national champion Joey Gilbert; David Schacter, who in 2008 became the only four-time National Collegiate Boxing Champion in the history of the university; and Mike Schellin, brother of current UNR Boxing coach Pat Schellin. Schellin is considered one of the greatest collegiate boxers of all time, according to UNR literature, achieving an unprecedented 32-0 career record for the Wolf Pack in 1966-1968.

With current defending national champions J.J. Mariano and Garrett Felling on the roster, Jefferson and head coach Dan Holmes are optimistic about the upcoming national championships in Seattle in the spring, with hope of regaining the team’s reputation as an unbeatable national contender.