MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma – An Oklahoma City man with cerebral palsy is training for the fight of his life. Not against his disability, but in spite of it.
Garrett Queen, 20, may have had a few punches knock him down in life, but don’t count him out just yet.
“He has never said I can’t do this because I have cerebral palsy,” said Pam Queen, Garrett’s mother. “He does not use that as a reason, he pretty much does whatever he puts him mind to.”
Coming from a family of wrestlers and mixed martial artists, his mind is set on becoming an MMA fighter. Through his trainer, Jeremy Jones, his dream is about to come true.
“I started working with him, doing this and that, trying to get his strength up, his mobility up,” said Jeremy. “He kept bugging me and bugging me about him wanting to fight and if I can get him a fight.”
Jeremy worked with Rage in the Cage owner Mike Crawford to get Garrett his first fight.
“I knew he worked with Big Brothers, Big Sisters for a long time and so I knew he would go for it. And he did,” Jones said.
Jones trains about a dozen other fighters for Rage in the Cage, a mixed martial arts competition where gladiators go one on one inside a cage.
“He pushes himself probably harder than half the people I train,” he said. “No doubt in my mind he’s going to be able to do this.”
Even Garrett doesn’t doubt his abilities.
“I am fired up and ready to bring home that belt,” said Garrett. “I’ve been waiting for this fight for a long time!”
And as for his dad, Randy Queen, he says he couldn’t be more proud.
“For him to get out and do something like this which I never thought he ever would, but he’s getting to do something to fulfill a dream that he’ll remember for a long time so I’m really happy for him,” said Randy.
Rage in the Cage 38, featuring Garrett Queen in a title bout will be held Saturday, June 27, 2015 at Choctaw Creek Park, 1900 Harper Street in Choctaw, Oklahoma. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the fight begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at Charlie’s Bar in Choctaw, from any fighter on the card, Party Galaxy or at http://www.ticketstorm.com