Benton youth boxer moving on up

By Mark Huard

LEWISTON — Braden Littlefield, 13, of Benton, fighting out of Cugno Boxing, fought and won a unanimous decision win over his opponent at the Lewiston Armory Aug. 3. He was also the recipient of a belt, given to both Littlefield and his opponent, for being the “Fight of the Night.”
The event — titled “Gettin Gritty in the City” — was held in the upstairs gymnasium of the Lewiston Armory. This is a special space for the Cugno Boxers, because their training space is directly below where the event was held. This is a historic site for Maine Boxing and the first time a boxing event has occurred in this building since 1999. Littlefield’s coach, Glenn Cugno, fought as a professional fighter in that same arena nearly 25 years ago.
Braden began boxing in 2016 at age 10. He has played sports for as long as he can remember, including baseball and football. Braden has 23 bouts under his belt. He and his coach pride themselves on fighting the very best around, and Littlefield prefers to challenge himself by accepting fight with more experienced fighters. Many don’t understand that boxing doesn’t have a defined season; it is a year-round commitment and demands dedication in and out of the gym. Littlefield works four days in the gym and does road and bag work on off days as well.
Braden has traveled all over New England, fighting in every state as well as Florida, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia. He has won the Silver Gloves New England Championships as well being the regional champion and won the Sugar Bert National qualifier in Virginia Beach which qualified him for the national tournament in Kissimmee, Fla., where he made it to the finals and lost a close split decision in the final bout. Braden reports his biggest accomplishment to date is winning a bout against a national champion. Littlefield also won the New England Jr. Olympic title and went on to fight in the finals at the regional event at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Braden has grown up in Fairfield and Benton, and has a large fan base. He comes from a big family that all support his boxing goals. He says he plans to continue to travel and strive for that national championship.

Braden Littlefield. (Mark Huard/ Central Maine Photography photo)