He’s had a shoulder injury that caused at least one doctor to predict that he would never box again.
Along the way, he’s battled confidence issues that Ragin’ Cajun Boxing Club coach Beau Williford eventually conditioned his mind to leave in the past.
He’s also suffered a couple of close losses in the Louisiana Golden Gloves finals that could have derailed his climb to the top.
But those obstacles are no longer any part of Brandon Arvie’s mindset as he prepares for one of the biggest weeks of his life.
Arvie, a Mamou native who boxes out of Williford’s Lafayette club, is focused squarely on winning the National Golden Gloves Championship in the 132-pound division.
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The fighting gets underway at 6 p.m. Monday at the Cajundome Convention Center. If everything goes as planned, Arvie will be around for the 7 p.m. semifinals Friday and then the 7 p.m. finals Saturday in the Cajundome.
“I’m just trying to keep a positive mindset and stay focused on the task on hand,” Arvie said. ”Just visualizing my win. I’m just going to go in there and be the best Brandon I can be.
“Over time, he (Williford) made sure I knew that I could do anything I put my mind to. I took that mindset to the gym. I’m going in confident and going in ready with a positive mindset.”
Arvie stopped short of saying he’s working on his game plan, because fighters don’t have that luxury. None of them will know their first-round opponent until Monday.
“There are three or four really good boxers in his weight class, but I definitely think Brandon has a chance,” Williford said. “He’s really good. He beat a really good fighter — a Ukranian kid with a great record — in the finals at Mid-South. Brandon’s really boxing well right now.
“His skills are still getting better every day, but the biggest turning point in his career was just him believing in himself. At first, he didn’t trust me. He didn’t trust anybody. Now he does.”
For Arvie, it began to turn around in 2015. He had lost two controversial decisions in close bouts with Israel Medina and something just seemed to click in his mind.
“That particular year I had a great fight with Israel Medina,” Arvie said. “Two years in a row, a lot of people thought I won, but they gave it to him. It made me even more determined. That gave me confidence.”
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In Williford’s mind, that was the first step and the second one came a year later.
“I had been working with him for years about throwing the left hook behind the right hand, and he threw the left hook behind the right hand at the Golden Gloves last year, and the guy was laying flat on his back,” Williford said. “And from that point on, it was like,…