The making of CHICAGOLAND BOXING, LLC
Founder, Shaun Tallon, was an average city kid growing up on Chicagos Southwest side. It wasn’t uncommon to run the streets, fight and get in trouble. After some of Shaun’s friends started boxing at Scottsdale Park, he joined their boxing team on February 1, 1999. Shaun walked in the gym as the 46th person to sign up under Coach Rick Fornuto. He was a 150lbs, 58 14-year-old who quickly fell in love with the competitive aspect of the sport, and loved that you could beat someone up and get rewarded for it.
In 2002, Shaun started helping out Coach Rick Fornuto with some of the kids around the gym. And by 2003, Shaun (now eighteen) started working with and training fighters while also training and competing himself.
In 2004, Shaun became a certified coach and official with USA Boxing (he has since judged/time-kept over one thousand fights). During the same year, Shaun also received his Professional Seconds License to work professional fighters corners. He began working under Sam Colonna at Chicagos fabled Windy City Gym. There, he trained amateur fighters and helped Sam with the pros. At the time, there were numerous notable professionals at Windy City. Shaun assisted at Windy City through 2005.
Also in 2004, Shaun helped set up and run the State Jr. Olympic Tournament with the Junior Olympic Chairman, Rick Fornuto. Due to the National Golden Gloves happening the same weekend, Shaun was left to run the tournament on his own for its final two days, ensuring that the State Junior Olympics continued without a hitch. From then on, Shaun continued to assist Fornuto, as needed, at Scottsdale Park Boxing.
Fast forward to 2010. Shaun was recruited by Jessica Storch and Bob Miller, owners of Warrior Fighting Sports & Fitness, to consult and advise on the junior division of their boxing team. He also worked as a boxing trainer at Warrior and was an integral part of leading their team to two Ringside World Championships. These championships produced multiple winners and finalists. Some of the fighters that Shaun had the opportunity to work with at Warrior even went on to win multiple championships in their amateur boxing careers since Shauns departure from the club.
Upon hearing that Shawna & Frankie Scalise were opening up a new gym in Bridgeport in April 2015, Shaun reached out to see if Frankie was in need of any help. After meeting, Shaun began to help finish the build-out and set-up of the Bridgeport Boxing Club. Shaun worked there as a trainer for several months before going back to Scottsdale Park Boxing full-time.
Shaun was consistently volunteering 3 to 4 days a week for about 4 to 5 hours a day. That’s not even including all of the time he traveled to and from fights and tournaments all over the country. He paid for his own gas and travel expenses, along with the expense of his Amateur Boxing License and certifications. Each of these certifications required up-to-date maintenance in order to work with the kids.
In 2016, Shaun also started working with long-time teammate and friend, Jose Felix Quezada, who recently turned professional. At first, Shaun was only helping Jose make weight for his 6th and 7th professional fight. But, after Joses 7th fight, Shaun took over all of his day-to-day training and fight preparations.
Tragically, in September of 2016, Scottsdale Park Boxing was shut down. Due to a technicality, Coach Rick was forced into retirement, after 18 years of dedication to their boxing program. Unfortunately, Shaun and the other coaches (only being volunteers), were not eligible to keep the facility up and running. Thats when Shaun decided to launch his own boxing business.
In late-September/early-October, Shaun got the wheels in motion to open up his own boxing-promotion, training, consulting, and ring-rental business. Essentially, he wanted to cut out the middleman and create a one-stop-shop for all of one’s boxing needs.
And CHICAGOLAND BOXING, LLC was born.