You would think it was a dance by the way his feet sprung instinctively against the floor as the ropes vibrated surrounding him. As beads of sweat fell down the curve of his jaw, he threw a punch — pop.
Brandyn Lynch, 25, graduated from NAU in 2013 with a B.A. in public relations and advertising.
After growing up around the sport, Lynch has officially started a promising career as a professional boxer in Los Angeles, Calif.
Since the tender age of four, Lynch trained in martial arts with his father. It started as an attempt to encourage Lynch away from his shyness. Even though Lynch did not always have the desire to fight, it was in his blood.
His grandfather, Vernon Lynch Sr. was a professional boxer and his father Vernon Lynch Jr., trained in martial arts and boxed as an amateur.
“In [Brandyn’s] downtime he decided to go into a boxing gym and he found boxing. He’s been in love with boxing ever since,” said Lynch, Jr. “But he didn’t understand why he really wanted to do it as a profession … so after I told him about his background, he started to understand it was just in his blood to fight.”
For the younger Lynch, boxing provided a way to connect with his grandfather. He would say even more now than when he was at NAU.
“I decided that I wanted to box because it was something that was close to my heart,” said Lynch. “It was something [my grandfather] wanted me to do.”
Even before he decided to compete, Lynch was surrounded by the sport. Instead of Super Bowl parties, his family gathered around watching fights. For him, it was just as normal as any other sport but more exciting. It was as if the family tradition was calling him to the ring.
Lynch decided to box shortly after college. Some would call it a late start for a boxer, but Lynch chose his path and was determined to see it through.
Thus Brandyn “Bad News” Lynch was born, a name coming from hours of brainstorming and family approval.
Today, Lynch can often be seen on a run or in a gym.
“I’m nonstop from the time I wake up to the time I go to bed,” Lynch said.
It’s more than a sport for Lynch — it’s a full-time job — which he starts and ends with his usual six to eight-mile run. After warming up, his routine includes a high-intensity non-stop workout, strength and conditioning. He ends the day with another run.
Lynch’s newfound home is Wildcard West in Santa Monica, Calif., a boxing gym esteemed for providing a training ground for professionals. It’s known as a mecca for boxers in the L.A. area, including three-weight world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley.
At the gym, Lynch jumps rope for 30 minutes to get his feet moving and starts his workout alternating rounds of shadow boxing, mitts and various types of bags. With little rest between rounds, Lynch gets a good sweat going before heading to Made in L.A. Fitness in Hollywood where he meets his strength and conditioning coach Mario Guevara.
There, he works on everything from sprints, squats, box jumps, war ropes and more. Because Lynch competes in the Super Welterweight division, which is 154 pounds, he strays away from weightlifting to avoid physically getting bigger — but don’t confuse that with being weak.
“Brandyn Lynch is sharp, powerful and can move,” said Mosley. “If he continues fighting he will be a world champion.” - Three-weight World Champion "Sugar" Shane Mosley
Lynch spars at least three times a week to put his training in action. He often spars with Shane Mosley Jr., both talented boxers. They’re also good friends who are constantly challenging each other to improve.
“The people I have here at the gym are like my second family, my brothers and some even sisters,” Lynch said. “There are some females that come down here and box, that I have so much respect for, that are really badass.”
There is a family dynamic in the gym, especially for Lynch whose dad is his coach. This father-son duo is not uncommon in boxing, and it works well for Team Bad News.
“I’ll say it’s difficult. We butt heads a lot … it’s a pride kind of thing sometimes,” Lynch said. “It’s a little bit difficult, but honestly my dad knows me at times better than I know myself. He knows my limits, because he’s seen me at the very beginning and he’s seen me where I am now and everything in between, so he knows exactly what I can and can’t do and he knows how hard to push me.”
It goes back to how involved the family is in the sport. Boxing is important to Lynch and has taught him many valuable skills.
“Patience being one of [those skills] and discipline,” Lynch said. “It can be discipline, from what I have to eat for my diet, to waking up in the morning to run when I don’t want to.”
For Lynch, boxing is more like chess than the wild body-beating sport it is made out to be.
“I can honestly say some of the nicest individuals I have ever met in my life have been fighters,” Lynch said. “Boxers are not all dumb. We’re not all brutes.”
Boxing has garnered an unfavorable reputation because of fighters like Mike Tyson who are notorious for their brutality outside of the ring. Contrary to popular belief, though, boxing is more than fighting. There is a thoughtful science to how these athletes move.
As a down-to-earth person and a level-headed athlete, Lynch is one of those boxers who really uses his intelligence in addition to his talent to overcome and skillfully dance around his opponents. Even with his natural abilities, Lynch works as hard as he can to be the best.
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” Lynch said, a quote he takes to heart.
Lynch leaned against the ropes after his workout, drenched in sweat — he looked up and smiled. He was not always a boxer, but he will always be a fighter.