Granite City resident Brandon Shellenberg (right) fights Geoff Burris in the Guns ‘N Hoses boxing event on Nov. 25 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Shellenberg won the three-round fight.
Brandon Shellenberg is on a roll.
The Granite City boxer has won his last six bouts, including the Guns ‘N Hoses boxing event on Nov. 25 at Scottrade Center.
With a three-round victory over Geoff Burris of Federal Bureau of Prisons, Shellenberg — a member of the Venice Police Department — won his second straight Guns ‘N Hoses bout and improved his record to 7-5.
“It feels great to be able to go out there and all of the hard work pays off and you go out there in front of 20,000 people and everyone is there for charity and everyone is there for the great cause, the Backstoppers,” said Shellenberg, who has had 11 fights in the last four years. “To be able to go out there in front of friends, family, co-workers and bring home a win not only for my police department, but for my community in general, the Venice-Madison-Granite City area. It feels great.”
Now, Shellenberg is setting his sights on picking up more victories at Guns ‘N Hoses, an event that features three-round boxing matches between police officers and firefighters to raise money for the Backstoppers Inc., a nonprofit organization that assists families of first responders who have died in the line of duty.
“I’d really like to, by the time it’s all said and done, to have 10 Guns and Hoses wins, a ring for each finger,” Shellenberg said. “I’d like to keep competing in the Guns and Hoses as long as I can. I’m only 27 years old. If I keep going until I’m 40, I will. If it’s 45, I will.”
Shellenberg said he always looks forward to competing in Guns ‘N Hoses. He has been competing in the event for the last three years.
“It’s something I take a lot of pride in,” Shellenberg said. “I’ve been a police officer for six years now. I’ve been with the Venice Police Department for the last four years. I started getting into Guns and Hoses. As everyone knows, it’s a big charity event ... It’s one of those things where I felt like I owed it to my profession, the guys who served before me and sacrificed everything. I felt like I owed that to my profession to be able to get back to the law enforcement community and the first responder community in general.”
Shellenberg started boxing when he was a senior at Granite City High School. He graduated from GCHS in 2007.
“It started off with a couple of friends who used to box and I went with them and it took off from there,” Shellenberg said. “I was away from boxing for a couple of years when I left to go to college. When I moved back home in 2010, I kind of got back into it just for some exercise.”
Before he was a boxer, Shellenberg competed in cross country and track at GCHS. When he was a senior, he helped the Warriors’ boys’ cross country team qualify for sectionals.
Now, boxing is Shellenberg’s favorite sport.
“I think I’m going to stick with it a little bit longer,” said Shellenberg, who also plays softball and basketball for leisure.
Shellenberg’s trainer is Terry Davis, whose sons, Ryan and T.J., are also boxers.
“He’s great,” Shellenberg said. “He’s very knowledgeable. He’s great to be around. I get to work with both of his sons, Ryan and T.J. They’re knowledgeable. They’re always pushing me to be better. I owe a lot to them.”