• Kevin Lightburn

    Straightright Founder/Head Trainer Springdale

    Kevin "Lights Out" Lightburn has been fortunate to have been around boxing for over 35 years. In his first boxing competition ever, he became the Iowa State Golden Gloves Champion. From there "Boxing 4 Life" became his motto, and he went on to become the National Golden Gloves Olympic year Silver Golden Gloves Champion, a two time Kansas City Golden Gloves Champion, a National P.A.L. Silver Medal Champion, and achieved a ranking of 7th in the nation for amateur boxers. With his certification as a boxing coach for USA Boxing Association and AIBA (International Boxing Association), he has trained champions from top-ranked amateurs to former world champions. With his knowledge of boxing, as well as fitness, he decided to share his passion by creating Straightright Boxing & Fitness. Every class is designed to be energetic, fun, and consistently challenging. At Straightright, all fitness levels are welcomed, from the top athlete to those who have never put on a pair of boxing gloves before. These workouts really are for everyone!

    Anthony Tucker

    Head Trainer Little Rock

    Anthony has been with the organization since 2005. He’s also a certified boxing coach for USA Boxing Association and AIBA (International Boxing Association) and has served as an Inspector for the Arkansas Athletic Commission. Experience includes both a head coach and a “corner man” in various types of bouts (including Golden Gloves, Toughman, USA Olympic Trials, Pro Fights, and MMA inspector).
    He studied the “Sweet Science of Boxing” under Kevin “Lights Out” Lightburn for over 10 years. This training has been a vital part
    in Anthony’s teaching the techniques and principles of boxing for Straightright’s Total Body Fitness classes, Boxing Academy classes, as well as, group sparring sessions.
    Anthony has accomplished many personal fitness goals and has participated in several competitions such as marathons, NPC Bodybuilding competitions, and obstacle course runs. He continues to increase his knowledge of plyometrics, aerobic exercise, anaerobic exercise, interval training, and nutrition. His number one goal is to help clients achieve their personal goals, and—knowing that such goals are different for each individual—is committed to building personal relationships to have a better understanding of what they want out of their fitness program.

    Kalvin Henderson

    Asst. Head Trainer Springdale

    Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Kalvin Henderson attended Everman High School in Everman, Texas and graduated at the young age of 16. He then earned a full music scholarship from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville as a Music Education major with an emphasis in Percussion. Kalvin graduated in May 2012 and is a now certified music teacher in the state of Arkansas.


    Henderson started his journey of the "sweet science" at just 15 years old. He was invited to the Riverside Community Center his where his first boxing gym; the Fort Worth Boxing Club worked out of. He started training with the club after just a month of training he fought in his first local tournament and won. As the years went by Henderson continued to train and win local boxing shows and tournaments but it wasn't until after his sophomore year in college, when he switched gyms to Reyes Boxing Club in River Oaks, Texas, that he went on to win the 2010 Texas Games Championships and 2011 Fort Worth Regional Golden Gloves Tournament in the 165 lb novice division. He also fought in the 2011 Texas Games Championships in the open 165 lb division placing second. In 2012 Kalvin met Kevin Lightburn in Northwest Arkansas and won his first Arkansas state title in the 165 lb open division. Since then Kalvin has fought and won many local shows and tournaments in Oklahoma, Missouri, Californiaand Arkansas, winning the 2013 Missouri Black Expo Championship, placing 2nd two times at the Mid-South Regional Golden Gloves tournament and eventually winning that tournament as well. Henderson also placed 5th in the 2013 USA Boxing National Tournament. In January 2015, while ranked #4 in the nation in the Middleweight 165 lb division, Kalvin turned his sights to professional boxing. Kalvin has been teaching and coaching since 2008 and continues learning and working with a variety of people who are taking the journey towards living a healthy life and learning the "sweet science."

    Jennie Dale

    Nutritionist Little Rock & Springdale

    Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Jennie graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1999 with a Masters of Science with an emphasis in Nutrition. She has always enjoyed the wellness portion of nutrition and how the right foods can benefit your health. Her belief is that a person can eat just about anything as long as it is done in a healthy way. Jennie has worked one-on-one with Straightright clients preparing food plans, reviewing food journals and helping to meet their health and wellness goals through nutrition. Jennie works with Straightright competitive boxers on proper nutrition suited for the physical demands training for boxing competition can pose. She is always available to provide advice and guidance to everyone. She is currently working toward her goal of becoming a Certified Sports Dietitian.​

    Katie Eisenhart

    Trainer Little Rock

    Katie joined the Straightright family in December of 2010. After many years of being an avid runner and group fitness enthusiast there was no turning back after stepping into the Straightright gym. After mastering the skills of boxing, Katie was in the best shape of her life. In June of 2015 she became NETA certified in personal training. With her newly obtained personal training certification combined with her college courses in aerobics and group fitness she was a perfect fit for leading Total Body Fitness classes at Straightright. Katie is highly energetic, friendly and knowledgable which comes through in each of her classes.

    Ricky Pleasants

    Trainer Little Rock

    Ricky 'Rooster' Pleasants has been training and teaching at Straightright since 2012. While attending Straightright as a club member many years ago he found a love for the "Sweet Science of Boxing" working under the coaching instruction of Anthony Tucker. Ricky also has a background in Japanese Martial Arts training in Judo under 30-year veteran coach Gary Norton. Ricky has a passion for health, fitness, and boxing which comes through in each of his classes and one-on-one sessions. His love for personal training, boxing and the belief that "anything is possible if you put your all in it" is contagious.

    Bernard Oliver

    Operations Director &

    Trainer Springdale

    Bernard Oliver began boxing in high school as a way to improve his hand-eye coordination for football and to learn self-defense. His boxing cross-training quickly blossomed into a love for the sweet science of the sport. Oliver went on to attend the University of Arkansas where he participated in their boxing club activities. While in college Bernard won the 2012 Mid-America Emmy award as a producer, in the student category, along with his Advanced Television classmates. He also placed second in the National Broadcast Society, South Central competition, again as a producer for a sports specialty show covering combat sports.

     

    His continued involvement and love of the sport led him to Straightright Springdale in 2013 where he is currently on staff as an assistant coach and trainer and point of contact for all customer service needs.

     

    Since joining the Straightright Boxing Team he has competed in numerous national competitions; winning his first National Title tournament as a novice at super heavyweight in 2015. He has since lost 50 lbs. and has dropped a weight class by maintaining a healthy diet and working hard in the gym.

     

    In 2018 he added his second state Golden Gloves Championship, his first regional Golden Gloves championship and his first Golden Gloves national berth all at heavyweight.

    Davon Valentine

    Trainer Springdale

    "Coach D" as he often called, got his start with boxing watching his uncle work out in Brooklyn, New York at a local boxing gym as a young man. He moved to Arkansas at a young age and had competition experience throughout Arkansas and beyond on the amateur circuit.

    Since joining Straightright, Valentine has been an integral piece of the staff offering his own tenacity to help train young and veteran boxers alike. He has taken on the Boxing Academy as his main class and continues to offer training throughout the day to all who inquire.

     

    When asked about his coaching style he said, "I'm patient, not just a coach but a student as well. I love what I do." He added that his biggest strengths were not being the biggest, baddest competitor but instead his willpower and intelligence.

    John Hunt

    Head Trainer Siloam Springs​

    "JohnHunt," said as one word, a name coined by our founder and head coach is a long time student of Kevin Lightburn. He has been in the Straightright system for most of his life. He has many accomplishments under Lightburn's tutelage including but not limited to the St. Louis Black Expo Championship and the Arkansas State Golden Gloves championship.

     

    John also served in our United States military as a Specialist in A Company, 426th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, and the 101st Airborne Division. While in the Army John competed for a spot on the All-Army team and eventually made his way back to Straightright.

    He now handles the bulk of the day-to-day coaching responsibilities and functions for the Siloam Springs location.

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