Young boxer David Courtney fighting for a better life

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David Courtney hasn't had the easiest life. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) David Courtney hasn't had the easiest life. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Courtney aims to be a featherweight champion one day. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Courtney aims to be a featherweight champion one day. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Trying to help his grandparents out financially, Courtney went pro after just three amateur fights. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Trying to help his grandparents out financially, Courtney went pro after just three amateur fights. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Twenty-year-old David Courtney hasn't had the easiest life.

His parents separated when he was 15. He moved in with his uncle who was arrested for selling drugs.  

Courtney was turned over to the State of Arizona's Child Protective Services where he lived in several different group homes. When he turned 18, he moved in with his grandparents who gave him a stable home.

Through all this, Courtney managed to discover his love for boxing.  

He aims to be a featherweight champion one day. Trying to help his grandparents out financially, Courtney went pro after just three amateur fights.

It wasn't the wisest move because he wasn't ready. He suffered loss after loss and realized he wasn't focused enough.

His attitude and training have turned around 180 degrees. He's training harder than ever and has dedicated himself to be the best boxer possible.  

"He can fight and has heart," says boxing manager Tommy Garcia.  

A positive step was taken because boxing could be his ticket to a better life.

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