Local boxer Cam F. Awesome trains for the Olympics and for comedy fame
Boxer Cam F. Awesome of Lenexa fell short in his bid to make it to the Rio Olympics.
Awesome, who won the U.S. Olympic Trials, lost a 3-0 decision on to Ecuadorian heavyweight Julio Cesar Castillo Torres in an Olympic qualifying tournament Monday in Venezuela.
Torres also beat him at the previous Olympic qualifying tournament in Azerbaijan last month. Awesome is a four-time U.S. national champion and a two-time Olympic trials champion, but he missed his first Olympic shot four years ago when he failed to complete his drug tests while still fighting under his birth name, Lenroy Thompson.
"Lost my fight today and now my Olympic run is over," the 27-year-old Awesome said in a post on his Twitter account. "Time to re-re-reinvent myself and see what's next for me. It may not be boxing."
Awesome has expressed skepticism about becoming a professional, preferring the Olympic-style version of the sport.