When he’s not working his day job at Capital One, Trevor Ragin is still looking to make bank. But instead of handing out deposit slips or opening new accounts, he hands out leg and head kicks and is opening eyes while winning title belts in various weight classes as a professional kickboxer.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Ragin is the reigning Trinity Kickboxing Glory 147-pound champion, as well as the Virginia State 145-pound Muay Thai Champion and the United States Glory Rules Champion. Glory rules in kickboxing apply to amateur fights, where knees to the face of your opponent are not allowed. However, Pro Glory rules allow knees to the face.
Ragin trains in his hometown and attributes his love of kickboxing to watching martial arts and kickboxing growing up, including K-1 kickboxing and legendary fighters like Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Ragin made his kickboxing debut four years ago, after just six months of training, and boasts a 13-5 record.
“It’s always a learning experience,” Ragin said. “I’ve learned patience. I was always rushing for a finish at first, so learning patience really helps.”
Ragin’s next fight comes at “Battle of the Millennium 3” on June 10 in Brooklyn, New York. Ragin will defend his United States Glory Rules title against Justin Muslija, who sports a 6-1 record as an amateur and is the World Kickboxing Association New York State Muay Thai Champion. The event will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
Ragin’s fight against Muslija is a rematch, after Ragin came up on the short end of a decision in their last meeting. But he vows his second meeting with Muslija will turn out differently.
“I didn’t let go like I wanted to,” Ragin said of his first meeting against Muslija. “But this time, I’ll take more opportunities.”
Ragin is also slated to compete on the GLORY World Series kickboxing card on July 22 in Norfolk, Virginia. The emergence of GLORY and Bellator MMA’s recent foray into kickboxing can only help grow the sport and foster more competition with other organizations like Legacy Kickboxing, according to Ragin.
“The higher-up guys in kickboxing make good money,” Ragin said, referring to fighters like GLORY heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven and welterweight champion Nieky Holzken. “There are crowd favorites in kickboxing, but we need more characters.”
But while Ragin enjoys watching MMA and participated in some jiu-jitsu and grappling, kickboxing is his first and only love.
“I love the art of standing toe-to-toe,” Ragin said. While head trauma and concussions is a topic that continues to plague not only football but sports like boxing, Ragin isn’t worried about any long-term effects from his fighting career.
“I always fight smart – I don’t just stand in the pocket,” he said. Ragin also offered his take on the topic in combat sports that just won’t die; a hypothetical matchup between boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and the UFC’s Conor McGregor.
“Floyd would destroy Conor in a boxing match, but Conor would destroy Floyd in a MMA fight,” Ragin said.
Ragin doesn’t plan on being destroyed in the ring anytime soon, which he attributes to his hard work and being in the gym, every single day.
“I make sure there’s no way my opponent works harder than me,” Ragin said.