Chuck Horton is a former Boxing Promoter who is currently a Youth Advocate, a Boxing Trainer, and Self Defense Instructor in Duluth, Minnesota.

Chuck Horton (far right) stands with some of his most decorated fighters and coaches.

Minnesota State Senator Roger Reinert, Professional Boxer Andy Kolle, Retired Professional Boxer Zach Walters, St Louis County Commissioner Chris Dahlberg, Chuck Horton (far right).

Chuck was born into a boxing family. Chuck remembers everyone in his family using boxing as a way to defend themselves. His grandfather, father, aunts, uncles, cousins – they were all good fighters. They were constantly practicing with each other, perfecting different techniques to defend themselves. Chuck’s father, Archie Horton Sr., started a youth boxing gym in West Duluth to teach kids how to defend themselves and improve their confidence in confronting bullies. Chuck spent countless hours training in that gym.

In 1985, Chuck decided to join the army. While serving in the Army, he continued learning and honing his boxing knowledge. As part of the Blues Platoon in Korea. Chuck Horton participated in numerous combat patrols on the DMZ between North and South Korea. Whenever he had time off he would box in competitions and train with Korean boxing coaches, learning a very aggressive in your face style of inside boxing during this time. After leaving South Korea, Chuck spent some time with 1/9 Calvary (Headhunters) at Fort Lewis in Washington state.

While at Fort Lewis one of Chuck’s fellow soldiers was diagnosed with bone cancer. Chuck did what he could to help by organizing a charity boxing event to help raise funds for the soldier. He contacted George Foreman’s people and invited him to the show up to the event and speak. Mr. Foreman – being a generous man – came to Chuck Horton’s first promotion. The show was a great success and raised a good amount of money for the family of the ill soldier.

It was a great experience for Chuck as he had to learn to promote as well as to train a group of novice boxers from his unit to compete in the tournament. His team went 10-1 against more experienced boxers from another unit. After the tournament, Chuck Horton was on orders to travel to Germany when the First Gulf War broke out. The unit he was headed for wasn’t expected to deploy to Iraq; Chuck, being the fighter that he is, asked to be reassigned to a united that was going to Iraq. He was reassigned to 2AD (FWD) 1-41 Infantry to the Scout Platoon.

Chuck Horton’s unit was involved in the infamous 1991 friendly-fire incident involving an Apache helicopter. The Apache fired two Hellfire missiles at a U.S. Bradley Fighting Vehicle and an M113 Armored Personnel Carrier, killing members of Chuck Horton’s platoon.

After Germany, Chuck was stationed back in the United States – this time at Fort Bliss in Texas. As part of Joint Task Force Six, Chuck Horton assisted in controlling the border between Texas and Mexico. His task force was particularly interested in preventing illegal drugs from crossing the border; Chuck helped train the US Border Patrol agents with techniques to combat the smuggling of drugs.

During his time off he learned a lot from the boxing gyms in El Paso, TX and Juarez, Mexico. Around this time Chuck’s beloved father, Archie Horton Sr., was diagnosed with lung cancer. After hearing the news, Chuck decided not to reenlist in the army for what would have been his fourth tour. He headed home to spend time with his father before he passed.

Chuck, watched his father pass away with the same dignity and honor that he showed during his life. 

Not only have Chuck Horton's boxers experienced success in the ring (such as Andy Kolle) but they've also grown into highly respected men.

Not only have Chuck Horton’s boxers experienced success in the ring (such as Andy Kolle) but they’ve also grown into highly respected men.

After his father passed away, Chuck wanted to start his own gym. During Chuck’s time in the army, boxing had slowly died in Duluth; all the trainers in the area had moved on.

As a tribute to his father, he named it Horton’s Gym. Chuck Horton’s trainees experienced immediate success – they would travel throughout the Midwest, winning team trophies at numerous competitions.

Horton’s Gym boxers benefited from the experience of other coaches that worked with Chuck as well. The first coach that helped improve the quality of training at Horton’s Gym was Bill Plum. Bill was an excellent resource on conditioning the fighters as well as bringing years of experience from his vast martial arts background.

Horton’s Gym was doing greatly with this new addition but it was still missing something. It finally arrived with the addition of Jack O’Brien  – a legendary amateur boxing coach from Superior, Wisconsin.

Chuck Horton has often been quoted saying “Jack O’Brien is not only the master of boxing fundamentals; he has been the greatest thing that ever happened to my coaching career.”

When asked why this was the case, Chuck replied “Jack not only improved my style of boxing – he improved me as a man, a husband to my wife, Carinda Horton, and as a father to my children.”
Chuck says, “Jack’s wife Shirley O’Brien is the kindest and nicest ladies, I have ever had the pleasure to meet.” 

Some of Chuck Horton and Jack O’Brien trained Professional fighters include Al Sands, Markus Morris, Zach Walters, Andy Kolle, RJ Lasse and Gary Eyer. Chuck Horton also taught many outstanding amateurs such as Wayne Putnam.

Chuck Horton put Duluth, Minnesota on the map for boxing – helping to make it the boxing capital of Minnesota. When asked to name what is his fondest memory in the sport of Boxing has been thus far he quickly states his time in Iceland. 

Chuck Horton has recently started a webpage, The Art of Boxing, as a free resource to help pass on the lessons he has learned from his years in Boxing.

“Knowing how to protect yourself gives you a whole new level of confidence,” Horton said. “It’s not just about getting your body in shape. It gives you a whole new mindset.”