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Name: Nolan Hanson
Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
How did you get into training?
I started boxing in 2015 at the New Bed Stuy Boxing Center– a community-run gym in Bed Stuy Brooklyn, which was founded by the legendary boxing trainer George Washington. Anybody in New York who knows boxing knows about George. My trainer Carl Westbrooks was trained by George, and so were pro fighters Mark Breland, Riddick Bowe, Leon Taylor, and Michael Bentt, as well as thousands of kids and adults in the neighborhood.
What do you love about boxing?
One of the things I love most about boxing is that you can’t bullshit it. It’s an area where truth can’t be approximated. You can say anything you want outside of the ring, or try to appear a certain way or something, but once you get in there people gonna find out. It forces exposure, which can be both great and devastating.
Describe your style of teaching.
I do my best to honor the legacy of George and New Bed Stuy by passing along what I’ve learned to the people I train. Fighters working with me can expect an emphasis on the jab, body punches, and head movement. I’m a perfectionist and I have very high standards for all of my fighters, but I am patient and always meet people where they’re at.
Favorite type of music to play during class?
I play a mix of stuff, mostly rap and hip hop. Lil Durk, OutKast, Sheff G, Kendrick Lamar, Young Thug, Meek Mill, Vince Staples… that kinda stuff.
Fought in the 2017 NY Daily News Golden Gloves Semi-Finals. Founded Trans Boxing in 2017. Received my MFA in Art and Social Practice from Portland State University in 2021.
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