Rhode Island has produced many championship boxers over the years, from Vinny Paz to Jason Estrada to Boo Boo Andrade...
Meet 8 year old Nasiah Shelton, who could be next.
He is better known as Bubba, the nickname he was given at birth. His father said he just looked like a Bubba.
Now he looks like a boxer. At just 18 months old he was in the gym.
"I look up to my brothers and my dad," Shelton said. "They were the ones who taught me how to box. They taught me how to throw punches and my dad taught me how to throw punches."
"So he started throwing punches when he was 18 months old,"Earnest Shelton, his father and trainer, said. But he would not do the calestenics. The pushups the sit ups. And one day he comes in the living room and says daddy watch this, and he does 25 perfect pushups.
When Bubba was just 5 years old he once did 500 straight pushups.
Because he's so young and talented it can be difficult to find sparring partners.
"They just don't want to get hurt," Bubba said.
Next week he will compete in the national silver gloves competition in Kansas City.. He is ranked in the top 8 in the country.
Working out at Big 6 gym in Providence, he has the support and guidance of former Olympian Jason Estrada and his father Doctor Roland Estrada, and who knows he could next.
"To hear him (Roland) say he has those type of qualities that he is just that type of kid. Maybe so," Earnest said.
If you'd like to donate to help cover the travel expenses of Bubba, contact Big Six Boxing Gym at 816 Douglas Ave in Providence or call Earnest Shelton at 401-649-9753 or Roland Estrada at 401-241-3490.