Catching up with Asa Stevens

May 11, 2018, 2:20 p.m. (ET)

This past December, Asa Stevens (Waianea, Hawaii) won the 2017 Youth National flyweight title to earn his spot on the 2018 Youth High Performance squad and get to participate in what would be a busy year for the youth team. After getting to experience his first training camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Asa and seven of his teammates went to Bulgaria for his first international tournament. Asa walked away with one of Team USA’s three gold medals, as well as Boxer of the Tournament. He is currently back in Colorado Springs training for the upcoming Youth Continental Championships, which serves as the qualifying tournament for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games and Youth World Championships. USA Boxing caught up with Asa following his first few days back at camp.

 

Asa, you are coming off a gold medal and Boxer of Tournament from your first international tournament. What was that tournament like for you, and how do you rate your overall performance there?


It was very challenging mentally because in Bulgaria everything was just very different. The food, the people and the place we trained at. It kind of got to me, but we managed to pull through. I would give myself an eight, because I felt like I did good but not to the best of my ability.


How did that gold medal impact your confidence leading into these Continental Championships and potentially World Championships later this year?


Winning gold really boosted my confidence because this was my first international tournament and to top it off, they gave me the best boxer award. That goes to show that I can hang with the international competition. For the World Championships, I am 100% confident that I can win gold because of the change in mindset I have and the great training I am getting here at the OTC.


You are back for your second camp of the year. How do you think this camp will differ from the first camp you experienced?


I think this camp will flow more for me because I know what to expect this time, and I can correct the mistakes I made at the last camp.


What is the biggest difference in training at the Olympic Training Center to training back home in Hawaii?


The biggest difference is that back home I don’t really have coaches pushing me three times a day like I have here. I only have that back home  when my gym is open, other than that I have to work on my own. Also the elevation, because in Hawaii we are at sea level.


What will you be doing to really focus and prepare these next few weeks for the Continental Championships?


I am just going to focus on taking every thing one step at a time.


What are you overall goals for this upcoming tournament and the rest of the year?


My goal is to win gold at the Continental Championships, the World Championships, Youth Olympics and hopefully qualify for the team again in December.