Bay Area Boxer: Casey Morton

I met Casey Morton many years ago while I was training at Fight and Fitness gym in San Francisco. The moment she walked into the door, she became completely obsessed with boxing. We became sparring partners and started to share bruises, blood and friendship. I remember exchanging punches with her and we both would egg each other on and encourage one another with good knocks to the skull enjoying every moment of it. Watching Casey’s career advance over the years has been fantastic and I am so inspired with the level of dedication she has for the sport. This is equally matched with the amount of heart she has not only for competing, but for sharing her passion with others. Casey has spent many years in the social work field as an advocate for homeless and at risk youth. I have had the privilege of seeing her in action both in the ring and working with kids and can testify she is extremely gifted in both fields.

FFP: Can you give me a brief fighting biography / career highlight snapshot?

CM: I began training out of Fight and Fitness gym under Paris Alexander in San Francisco. I had my first amateur boxing match after two and a half months of training. I was so excited to fight I could not wait to get in there.

It’s been two years that B Street Boxing in San Mateo, under tutelage of Eddie Croft and Dan Wong, is where I call home.

Following my first month under Eddie, I won the 2011 Northern California Golden Gloves Championships, open class. I also won the 2011 USA Boxing Regional Championships because I jabbed my opponent every time my coach told me to.
This year, I won the 2012 Adidas National Boxing Championships and was awarded best female fighter in my division (Open class ages 17-34).

Why did you start fighting and why do you continue to do so?

I found boxing at a dark hour in my life. It saved me from a negative lifestyle and continues to teach me how to be a better person each day.

I aspire to become a world champion and inspire as many people in the most positive ways possible in the process. Get that “ripple effect” going.

Who are some of your biggest influences? What about their style to you love?

Sugar Ray Leonard and Floyd Mayweather jr. are at the top of my favorite fighter list. Both have so much natural speed and ability. I love Sugar Ray’s movement and rhythm. Floyd never fails to fascinate me with his flawless style and confidence. So many people over look the power of the mind. I watch their fights on a regular basis and am still in awe every time.

I’m always anxious to see the game plan Andre Ward beautifully executes for each opponent. I love his fight against Arthur Abraham the most. It reminds me of my coaches words… “all you need is a jab”. I love Andre’s overall game.

I relate to Arturo Gatti starting as a brawler (beginning his pro career) then transforming into a boxer once he started working with trainer Buddy Mcgirt. Watching his performance in the Mickey Ward trilogy gave me hope that, given proper instruction, I too can and will transform.

I love watching Legendary boxer Alexis Arguello, as well as pressure fighters like Julio Cesar Chavez. Mike Tyson, Kostya Tszyu, Meldrick Taylor, etc… There are so many more that fascinate and inspire me.

I get a lot of inspiration from my teammates and add bits of their style to my game. Ashanti Jordan’s rhythm and left hook, Jessie Lopez’s beautiful movement, Ricardo Pinell’s combinations, Charles Campanon’s jab, etc.. I’m also fortunate to have Melissa Mcmorrow as my primary sparring partner and teammate. We support and push each other to improve.

I often study my coach Eddie Croft’s fights. He has a versatile style and the ability to adapt to any opponent. If you understand boxing you have an idea of how much skill and natural ability it requires to execute his tools.

Do you have a definitive style as a boxer?

My style is still undergoing transformation. When I first started boxing, I looked as though I was in a bar fight all the time ha ha. I didn’t really get the concept of “hit and don’t get hit” (it was usually hit and get hit ha ha) until my coach Chris Cariaso put focus on fixing my footwork and overall movement. We’d study fights like De La Hoya vs.Trinidad, and Gatti vs Ward.

The awesome thing about fighting in the national tournaments is they expose you to so many different styles and body types (tall and lanky, short and stocky, etc..). It forces you to see what parts of your game need work so you’re able to adapt on the fly.

This year was a big year for women’s boxing as it was the first it was featured as a sport in the Olympic games. Can you talk a little bit about the evolution of women’s boxing since you have been involved, predictions for the future?

There have been many female athletes who’ve paved the way for us in male dominated sports over the years. I’m fortunate to witness the first year females are allowed to box in the Olympics, as well as see legendary boxer Lucia Rijker become the first woman inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame October 24th, 2009.

What’s on the horizon for you?

I’m always keeping busy in the gym. Taking as many fights as possible to stay ready for the pros.

I also love teaching boxing and am fortunate that it allows me to train regularly. I’ve been running the boxing program at FTCC in Daly City for two years and also work with the 5-10 year old’s at my gym. I feel blessed to be a part of helping others maintain and achieve their goals. Weight loss/healthier lifestyle, battle self esteem issues, self defense, become champion of the world, etc… Sky’s the limit.

Shout outs?

Thank you to God for saving my life with the sport of boxing. Thank you for surrounding me with more love and support than I could have ever imagined. I’m grateful for my colorful life and all the amazing people in it.

I’m grateful to work with amazing strength and conditioning Dan Wong. I see the gains of the time he puts in with me each week in my performance. With coach Dan, Eddie, and the rest of my team in my corner, “Impossible is nothing”.

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