Maurice “Termite” Watkins, is a Houston native, and was one of Kenny Weldon’s first boxing students, as well as his first National Amateur Champion. Termite was also the youngest ever at 16 years old, to achieve that goal. A 3-time Houston Golden Gloves Champion, he also boxed on the same United States National Boxing Team as Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns, representing The United States of America in International competition. He would later turn professional and was a top-ten contender, once challenging Saoul Mamby for The W.B.C World Light Welterweight Championship. His professional record was 61 wins with 48 by knockout, 5 loses, 2 draws, and 1 no contest.
In 2004 Termite trained the Iraqi National Boxing Team and qualified boxer Najah Ali for The 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Najah did compete in that tournament, winning one fight before being eliminated. In 2011 Termite was involved with the founding of The Fighter Nation Boxing Gym at The Fellowship of The Nations Church, and is currently involved with that faith based, boxing gym, coaching amateur and professional boxers of all experience levels and ages. The Fighter Nation Boxing Gym has been instrumental in the development of many elite boxers including Marlen Esparza, who trained there with her coach Rudy Silva of Elite Boxing, during the time leading up to the Olympic Games in which she competed in.
Chris McCoy, a young man who has trained at The Fighter Nation Boxing Gym since he was a beginner, will make his professional debut on June 8 in Houston, Texas, and is the first born and bred Fighter Nation boxer to turn professional under the guidance and instruction of Termite and The Fighter Nation Boxing Family!