Float like a butterfly, study like a bee
Professionally boxing and going to school full-time would be a struggle for any ordinary person, but Brett Enns succeeds in both.
As a second-year student in the electrician program at SAIT Polytechnic, Enns has to juggle being at campus learning and being at the gym training.
“If I’m not in the books, I’m in the gym,” says Enns. “It’s a lot of work balancing the two.” Enns started boxing when he was 15, after being introduced to the sport as dry-land training for hockey.
“He loved the sport and the training so much he joined,” says Shane Thompson, head of Dynamite Boxing Club and Enns’ coach.
Enns has been training with Thompson since he first started boxing, and has now fought over 40 amateur and three professional fights with Thompson in his corner.
“Brett is an action packed mover and shaker,” says Thompson. “He’s not afraid to get dirty and he’s an all-round fighter.”
“[Enns] hits hard for his weight class,” says Neal Mathieson, Enns’ strength and conditioning coach.
“His body shots are killer.”
Mathieson has helped coach Enns for the past three years, and is proud of what they’ve accomplished.
“It looks simple when you watch it on TV,” says Mathieson. “You don’t realize how hard it is until you try it.” “Before we used to train in a garage my uncle built,” says Enns. “There was only six or seven of us back then.” Dynamite Boxing Club has grown since then and has now moved to its current location at the Don Hartman Northeast Sportsplex.
“He’s definitely the best in the gym,” says Saif Mahdi, amateur boxer at Dynamite Boxing Club. “He’s really good at throwing punches in bunches.” Enns has a packed boxing schedule on top of his schooling, with official fights less than a month apart.
“[Enns] handles it very well given his workload,” says Thompson. “We have a plan that works and he’s going to be nothing but successful.” “I like to learn and love SAIT’s atmosphere,” says Enns. “Everyone here wants to learn.” Other than increasing his knowledge as an electrician, Enns also enjoys interacting with his fellow students.
“It is nice to be next to all the paramedic girls,”
“I have nothing but respect for him,” says Mahdi. “I can’t imagine juggling full-time SAIT and professional boxing, he’s a hustler.” As a boxer, Enns understands the importance of schooling on top of training.
“All it takes is that one punch.
“A boxing career can end really quick.”
As the only professional boxer at Dynamite Boxing Club, Enns fights not just for himself but also for his gym.
“He has a lot of weight on his shoulders,” says Thompson. “I’m very proud of him.” Enns also works with other fighters training at Dynamite, teaching them how to be better at the sport.
“Kudos to my amateurs that are down to bang with him,” says Thompson. “[Enns] is real tough.” “To get better you have to fight the best,” says Mahdi. “I love sparring him.” Enns’ favourite fighter is Miguel Cotto and tries emulating Cotto’s inside fighting style.
“I love to sit and tee off with someone in the middle,” says Enns. “There’s a right time and a wrong time to move in and out.” As part of Enns’ training schedule, sparring happens as much as possible.
“We are working on increasing his speed and agility,” says Thompson. “It’s all in the feet.” “I feel like my last fight I let myself slack a bit,” says Enns. “This time I don’t just want to win.” Enns is now training to beat a boxer that is known for his brawling style of boxing.
“We can’t let [Enns] get tempted into a brawl,” says Mathieson. “He needs to outbox and work him.” With a lot of bad blood between Enns and his next opponent, many expect the upcoming fight will be very action-packed.
“[Enns] is going to make an example of the other guy,” says Mahdi. “He’s going to humble him.” Enns stays clear of the trash talking associated with professional boxing, even if his opponents try getting under his skin.
“We don’t have time for that,” says Thompson. “We just want to box.”
For those that are interested in joining boxing, there are ways to prepare before stepping into a recreational class.
“Grab a rope and just jump for a while,” says Mathieson. “You can only punch as fast as your feet move, and it also loosens you up.” For Enns, as a professional boxer he gets to live his dream everyday.
“Follow your heart,” says Enns. “Even if no one believes in you, do what it tells you.”