PFC Eli Lankford

Men's Boxing

Sport: Boxing
Hometown: Jonesboro, GA
High School: Mundy's Mill High School
Joined Army: June 2020
MOS: 25Q, Satellite Communications

Boxing was the first sport Eli ever tried. His mother signed him up when he was six, hoping it would help with his anger, aggression, and lack of self-control. As a young athlete, he tried baseball, but did not like depending on team members to succeed. He found Taekwondo boring. But he thrived at boxing. In high school, Eli competed with the best in the nation in his age and weight class, coming out with two first-place rankings, one third-place ranking, and four national titles to his name. He joined the Army upon graduation and has recently added another national title and national ranking to his resume. In 2022, he was the fourth-ranked 112lb boxer in the US, with his sights on global competition and Olympic gold.

It makes me proud that I am able to multitask such a feat that many people would not be able to do. I am also thankful for the opportunity to make not only my family proud but my nation proud as a soldier and as an athlete.

Career Highlights


Colorado State Golden Gloves Champion


#4 ranked 112 lb Boxer in the U.S.

National Boxing Summer Festival Champion


National JO Olympic Champion


National JO Olympic Champion