“Working for Bellington, as a police officer. And I had actually recently just went part time to further my career in boxing. I just want to see how far I can make it – see how far I can go,” Linger said.
Upshur County’s Dakota Linger is putting it all on the line this week.
Just 23-years old, he’s staring down a pivotal boxing match where the winner takes the spoils and a jump up the world-wide rankings. The loser gets their first loss as a pro.
Linger will come in about an inch shorter than his opponent Danielito Zorrilla, who also has a slightly longer reach.
However, despite having just three years of pro boxing under his belt, the West Virginia native has more experience.
“Yeah a little bit, been to California with Mike (Snider) never fought, but I got to feel what it was like up there,” said Linger
Linger shadowed his trainer Tim Wheeler and Flemington-native Mike Snider during some of his bouts, which could come in handy now on the big stage.
“When you fight on a bigger stage, a lot of times you step in the ring and you’re fighting more than your opponent. You’re fighting your nerves. You’re fighting stuff that he’s already seen from behind the scenes. He was with us during a lot of Mike’s big fights,” Wheeler said.
Ultimately the Wolf camp feel that Thursday will come down to which man is left standing.
No need to leave it in the judges hands, after all.