By: Jordan Cope, Multimedia Reporter
The timer sounds, and Joe Veazey walks over to the corner of the boxing ring. His once light red shirt has turned dark red with sweat, as he leans over an old metal bucket where he spits twice and waits for the timer to ring again.
Veazey — known in the ring as “Bazooka” Joe Veazey — has fought 101 amateur fights, won three national tournaments and is currently 1-0 as a professional boxer. Veazey will take his undefeated pro record into Martinsburg, West Virginia, Dec. 9.
“[My first professional fight] was the first time I had nerves in over six or seven years,” Veazey said. “I’m just ready to get back in the ring. I want to be the fighter that brings ESPN to Royal Farms Arena. I want to be a household name in every language.”
Veazey has been around the sport of boxing since he was a baby. His father — Vincent Veazey — was training for one of his last fights at Brooklyn Boxing Club in Baltimore when Joe was just 2-years-old.