KANSAS CITY, Missouri - John Mellencamp is taking a break from “Rockin’ in
The singer watched his son, Hud, fight on Thursday afternoon in
the 10th annual Ringside World Championships. The amateur boxing
event features 1,500 fighters from eight countries and runs until
Saturday at the KCI Expo Center in Kansas City. The fighters
range in age from 8 to 74 years old.
“I’m more nervous for him fighting than I ever am
walking on stage,” Mellencamp said. “He’s kind of
an odd duck to have a kid from his background being able to compete
at this level.”
Mellencamp rooted on his son with his wife Elaine, a former
super model. Hud Mellencamp, who also fought in the event last
year, won his fight and will compete again on Friday. John
stood close to the ring to get a close-up view during his
“It’s really cool,” Hud said. “He comes
to most of my fights.”
John Mellencamp was supposed to play with Bob Dylan at Starlight
Theatre in Kansas City on Saturday. But he canceled playing with
Dylan, so he could watch his son. Mellencamp will perform
with Dylan on Sunday at a concert in Lincoln, Nebraska.
A friend of John Mellencamp introduced boxing to Hud several
years ago. Hud has been hooked ever since. The 16-year-old
plays football, but he says boxing is his favorite sport.
“I just like it a lot,” Hud Mellencamp said.
“It’s what I do all day. It’s what I dream
Hud fought in the 138 pound weight class. Kansas City boxing
trainer John Brown also works with him. The Mellencamps on Monday
stopped by the Turner Golden Gloves Boxing Club in Kansas City,
Kansas to have Brown give Hud some tips.
“It’s like a solo sport,” Hud said. “No
one can mess you up if they’re on your team. You’re the
only win or loss factor.”
Hud says he has no singing ability and can’t play any
instruments. But he enjoys music. For now, he plans to see where
boxing takes him.
“It was his choice,” John Mellencamp
said. "He had the focus, endurance and the strength to do it,
so that’s what he wants to do. He gets in the ring and
it’s just him."