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Summerville family turns boxing into a family affair

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The Lewellen family prays before every boxing practice at the Original School of Hard Knox in Summerville. The Lewellen family prays before every boxing practice at the Original School of Hard Knox in Summerville.

For one Summerville family, the motto is "the family that boxes together, stays together." The Lewellens own the gym, The Original School of Hard Knox, located off of Boonehill Road in Summerville, and have turned the sport into a family affair.

The family is led by John Lewellen. Owner, boxing coach, president of USA Boxing and father to three of the teenagers in the gym, he says, "To be a part of my children's lives, it's very humbling."

He has his hands full. His oldest daughter, Raven, is a 16-year old tomboy who'll tell you, "I'm not the girl that goes out to the salon and gets her nails done. If I did, I'd break them on the bags."

The middle child, and youngest daughter is 14. Cheyenne has been competing for years, and even jokes about a childhood nickname. "When we were little they used to call me and my sister the boxing baby dolls."

The 12-year old boy, Dakota, is the youngest. He talks about how he too got involved in the sport. "I always wanted to be like them so I started and haven't stopped since."

The workout routine for the family is intense. During the summer months, it is three hours of weight lifting and running in the morning, then two hours of boxing at night. Once school starts up again, there will be less training, but there will still be long days. "It's school, home, get ready for gym, and then here. And then we go back and do the same thing," says Cheyenne.

"We all have days we don't want to be here," says John, the father of the three. "But working as a unit, being father and children at home, one is always taking up the shortcoming of the other."

From the oldest to the youngest, the mentality is family first. Raven says, "I'm just trying to make them better, and they are just trying to make me better. We are not really competing with each other."

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