Independence, MO, February 5, 2018- Joseph Awinongya was on a mission.

He lost his grandfather last year, and dedicated his National Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament final performance to his grandfather’s memory. “This fight is for my grandfather, it’s been a year since he died,” said Awinongya.

On February 4th, Joseph Awinongya, competed against Famous Johnson out of Mayweather’s Gym in Independence, MO for the Silver Gloves National Championship in the 90 pound weight class (9-10-year-old division). He defeated Famous J with polished boxing and movement.

Joseph’s renowned boxing coach and father, Joseph Awinongya, was impressed with his son’s performance. Awinongya Sr. is a former professional boxer who was promoted by the legendary Don King. He competed as a Cruiserweight in 26 professional bouts from 1994-2005 in the United States as well as Italy, The Netherlands and Germany.

Joseph “Jojo” Awinongya Jr. hopes to be one of future faces of boxing. He is now a 4 x National champion at age 10 (2x Silver Gloves National Champion, Junior Olympics Champion, and USA Boxing National Champion). He is trained by his father at the Chicago Sports & Fitness Center in Joliet.

He works hard and intends on showing off more of his impressive skills in the ring. Joseph is not an easy opponent, so the young fighters have a lot to prepare for if they face “Jojo”. For his future opponents his message, “I must be the best I can be, I am gunning to stay up there and keep winning” said Joseph.

Young Joseph also has his priorities straight as he takes academics seriously and excels in the classroom at Eisenhower Academy in Joliet, IL. Awinongya’s favorite subject is math, and his parents make sure that school comes before boxing.

Outside of boxing, JoJo has performed at the Rialto Square Theater with the Generation Dance Company and has a speaking part in the feature-length film “I Am Your Keeper”. He also enjoys swimming and playing basketball.

JoJo is grateful to have received sponsorship support from Hawk Chevrolet Cadillac of Joliet and Good Shepherd Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration to name a few.

Train with Joseph Awinongya at Chicago Racquet and Fitness (815) 661-0247.


Contact: Adam Grosch (, 773-704-8226)