Westford Academy senior Emily Bramanti and basketball coach Russ Coward. NASHOBA VALLEY VOICE/JULIA MALAKIE

LOWELL — The pounding Jayson Colon endured playing in the paint on the hardcourt is nothing compared to the body blows he absorbs in the ring.

Colon, 22, who stands six-feet, made a name for himself as a basketball player at Greater Lowell Tech. A guard/forward with a nice shooting touch, Colon played effectively on the perimeter on offense and was able to defend in the post. A three-time Commonwealth Athletic Conference all-star, Colon was a good three-point shooter who produced points in bunches.

These days the long-range bombs Colon connects on no longer hit nothing but net. They land on the mug of an opponent he hopes to separate from his senses.

Colon didn’t play college basketball and began working out at the West End Gym in Lowell last January as a means to get back in shape. After 12 months of hitting the heavy bag, taking part in sparring sessions and doing road work, Colon finds himself in fighting shape.

So Colon, a former Sun first-team basketball all-star, plans on boxing in the 178 or 165-pound Novice Division weight class when the Greater Lowell/Central New England Golden Gloves Tournament gets underway at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday, January 5.

“When I played high school ball I weighed 200, and I was like 230 when I came in here,” said Colon, who grew up in Lowell and now lives in Dracut. “I just wanted to learn how to defend myself and get in shape. Then I kind of started to like it. I would watch boxing all the time. As I saw myself losing weight, and getting better every day, I wanted to spar and fight. I got the boxing bug.

“I kind of fell in love with boxing. You see all the pictures (on the West End Gym walls). This gym has lots of character. When you train here you can’t help but want to fight in the Golden Gloves.”

Colon lost his lone amateur bout by split decision. The stinging effect of that defeat has Colon pushing himself harder than ever during his workout sessions with trainers Joey and Dave Ramalho.

“You can tell he’s athletic just by the way he handles himself in the ring,” said West End Gym owner Arthur Ramalho. “He works hard. He has fast hands. He picks things up quick.

“He lost his one fight, but everybody in the place thought he won it — except the judges. That made him even more determined. He’s training harder than ever before. You like to see that in a young fighter. How you handle adversity is a big part of being successful in this sport.”

Despite his lack of experience in the ring, Colon has a good jab and does a nice job putting combinations together.

“He has a lot of power,” said Dave Ramalho. “He’s a really good puncher. The big thing is he believes in himself. When you show him something, he’ll keep doing it until he does it right.”

Like most Novice boxers, Colon has to resist the urge to brawl. Colon is working hard at sticking and moving rather than standing and throwing like he did in his first bout.

“I wouldn’t say I’m really a puncher,” said Colon. “I like watching skillful boxers. I want to be a boxer more than a brawler. In my first fight, I feel that’s why I lost. If I had boxed more, I think I would have won.

“It was my first fight and first time fighting in front of a crowd. You get hit, and you hear the crowd, and you just want to hit the other guy. I didn’t fight an intelligent fight. I feel I learned a lot form that fight for sure.”

Colon currently weighs 186. He hopes to work his way down to 165, but if he can’t he will fight at 178, which was the weight he fought at in his first bout.

Of all his physical attributes, Colon’s ears just might be his most important asset at this point in his amateur career.

“He’s in phenomenal shape,” said Dave Ramalho. “This kid wants to win the Golden Gloves. You don’t see too many kids who train the way he trains. He always listens to what you tell him. When he’s told to do something, he does it.”

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