Six days a week at Jab Boxing you will find 24-year old Mikaela Mayer. Mikaela has been boxing since she was 17 and has just won her fourth Golden Glove Championship. Now she has her sights set on the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
"I'm a big believer in having a good coachâ?? said Mikaela Mayer, Olympic hopeful. â??I feel like Coach Al is the reason I am where I am today and the reason I've had so much success."
Coach Alfred Mitchell has worked with Mikaela for the past five years.
"Oh, if you would have seen her the first yearâ?? said Alfred Mitchell, Mikaelaâ??s coach. â??I am not a person who would normally train women. My father would turn over in his grave. The first year I used to shake my head, I didn't think she was going to last long."
But she did.
"I wouldn't be able to make the Olympic team without himâ?? said Mayer. â??I need him. I need to be up here and just focusing with him and doing everything I possibly can to make this team. This is my second run for the Olympics, so this is it."
Mitchell has coached for over 50 years and his philosophy has stayed the same since day one.
"I'm from the old schoolâ?? said Mitchell. â??If you don't have a good attitude I'm not going to train you. If you don't have a good work ethic I'm not going to train you, and you have to listen to me."
This is Mikaelaâ??s second time trying for the Olympic team, but she is confident in her abilities.
"Follow your dreams and give it 100% and just believe if you can believe it, then you can make it happen" said Mayer.
Mikaela has come a long way since she was 17, but there is always room for improvement.
"She has come a long way, but the road is just at the beginning" said Mitchell.
Mitchell has trained athletes all over the world, from Australia to China to right here in the Upper Peninsula. Some boxers he has worked with include Mike Tyson and Floyd Mayweather, so Mikaela is in good hands. Olympic trials for Mikaela are seven months away.