SUGAR GROVE — With several titles – including a world title – under his belt, retired kickboxer Rick Stellwaughen enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience – with the right athlete.
“Only certain people can take it to the next level,” he said. He believes Allan Reiswitz is that athlete.
In just his second bout, Reiswitz won a title in his weight class with the United States Kickboxing Organization. Stellwaughen explained that the organization is a Midwestern one, but it can lead to the International Kickboxing Foundation, which has members worldwide.
What’s more amazing than winning a title in only two bouts, is that the 25-year-old Somonauk man won it with a broken arm.
“People don’t understand how you can continue fighting with a broken arm, but with the adrenaline pumping, you just don’t feel it,” Stellwaughen said. He fought through a similar situation during his career.
“I told him that if you tell a judge, a referee or the doctor, it can be manipulated so the pain will bring you to your knees and the fight will be stopped. But, I told him that if he needs to stop the fight, he should give me a sign and we’ll stop it.”
Reiswitz fought two more rounds and won the bout and the title.
He said he started as an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter. After running into Stellwaughen at the gym, and convincing the retired athlete to train him, he has changed his career path.
Stellwaughen said he advised Reiswitz to go as far as he can with kickboxing, and then get back to the MMA with a recognizable name.
“Of course, that could change at any time because of injury, life situations or just losing interest,” Stellwaughen said.
Reiswitz already has shown tenacity just convincing Stellwaughen to train him.
“I have kids come up to me all the time asking me questions, wanting me to work with them,” Stellwaughen said.
“Most of the time, I don’t give them much time because they aren’t serious. But this guy just kept coming back.
“He would ask me when I would be at the gym next. By the time I got there, he was there and already had worked up a sweat. At first I wondered if I had a stalker,” he said with a laugh.
“But he just kept coming back.”
Unable to work out because of his injury, Reiswitz said the staples should be out of his arm this week. “I’m just itching to start working out,” he said.
“I plan to stick with it and see how far I can go.”