‘The Destroyer’ making waves as boxer in his 30s

Brenton Swanson poses in the ring with a trophy earlier this month after winning his professional debut by technical knockout in the first round.

Brenton Swanson made quick work of his opponent in his professional boxing debut.

But a new nickname for the Grand Junction pugilist is still in the works.

“I was ‘The Bullet’ when I fought MMA,” he said. “Now, I’m thinking, maybe ‘The Destroyer.’ “

That might work considering what he did to Fidel Martinez in their match in Denver on April 8.

Fighting at 156 pounds, Swanson rocked Martinez with a barrage of blows, knocking him to the canvas three times before the fight was stopped in the first round.

Swanson isn’t a typical boxer hoping to make his way up the professional ranks. He’s 33 years old.

“If you look at a lot of the big-time pros, they are all in their mid-30s,” he said. “There’s going to be a time when I won’t be able to do this, so I thought, I need to take advantage of it when I can.”

Swanson is pretty blunt talking about some rough patches he’s had in his life and how the church and organized fighting helped him get back on track.

“I’ve always been a fighter, way too many street fights. I found a better way to take out that aggression,” he said.

He turned to mixed martial arts, jiu-jitsu training and boxing.

“I’m more focused now. I rediscovered church and I’m a better husband and father, and a better person all-around now,” he said.

He took about four years off when he became a dad and to help support his wife.

Now, focused, Swanson is determined and willing to put in the time.

Fighting and training out of Rival Boxing in Grand Junction, the Oklahoma native trains five days a week, two or three times a day. 

Jumping rope, sprints, running, sparring and working on technique, Swanson is serious about the sport.

Rival Boxing co-owner Chuck Thomas said Swanson is very dedicated to boxing.

“Brenton is older, and he’s is very dedicated and his work ethic has set him apart from the rest,” Thomas said. “The experience he brings really helps too, and he brings a lot to the table. He’s taking it very seriously and he’s made it a lifestyle with training and diet.”

Thomas also said Swanson has found a good balance with boxing, training and with his family.

Swanson has a 3-1 amateur record in MMA and a 9-1 amateur boxing record

“I want to take it as far as I can,” he said about boxing.

But MMA could still be in his future too.

“I think I have the skills to make it to the big show or maybe even in the (Ultimate Fighting Championship),” he said.

Thomas said he encourages MMA fighters to also look at boxing because of the sport’s longevity compared to MMA.

Rival Boxing, which is located at 2473 Commerce Blvd, has two professional boxers right now. In November, Marco Ambriz won his pro debut with a second-round TKO at 142 pounds.

As an older fighter, Swanson understands that most of his opponents will likely be younger, but he’s undaunted by his age.

“I always thought my biggest fights would be in my 30s,” he said. He has a simple philosophy on why he continues to fight in his 30s.

“I used to train to be the toughest guy around but now it’s like why people climb mountains, to take on challenges and be a better person,” he said.

His next pro fight hasn’t been determined yet, but he’s back in the gym training and focused.

And contemplating what is the best nickname for an up-and-coming 33-year-old boxer.


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