International Boxing Academy of Nashville is a nonprofit gym supporting opportunity youth and pro boxers to succeed at the art of boxing. Our services are made possible through generous donations, community fundraising efforts and grants. Join us to give more kids a fighting chance at a winning future.
Founder and CEO
A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Randall Venson is a graduate of Tennessee State University, where he earned a degree in criminal justice.
Since 1995, Mr. Venson has worked extensively as a community activist, with a focus on youth-oriented concerns, has helped implement youth programs in Metro Public Schools and the Department of Children's Services.
Randall has collaborated with many organizations, including: STARS, the Martha O'Bryan Center, Nashville Prevention Partnership, Metro Police Department D.A.R.E. program, G.A.N.G., Youth Alive, Alive & Free, and Project Return.
Randall has worked directly with youth in probation with the Metro Juvenile Justice Center, as well as with men and women incarcerated in the Department of Corrections.
The International Boxing Academy of Nashville (IBAN) was established in August of 2017, as part of the vision of the Founder and CEO Randall Venson.
Mr. Venson is an active boxing coach and has trained boxers in and around the Nashville area for 40 years, he has also served as a social worker 17 years in and around the Nashville Area.
Senior Program Director
While not having much knowledge about the sport of boxing, Kristen became a part of the team and
never thought twice about not having any knowledge of the sport. The vision that was presented by
Founder/CEO Randall Venson was one that was dear to her heart and needed to be addressed.
“Why not join the team with two great assets to the underserved and underprivileged communities in the
Nashville area, both with the passion, knowledge, and experience in Nashville?”
With 22 years of community experience, this mother of four and grandmother of three, is very proud of the greatness that has become of her own children. She has seen and been through life’s tough times, a victim of youth bullying personally, wished there were options such as boxing, mentoring or other programs to increase her confidence when experienced.
The passion to keep the youth and young adults out of the negative lights and free from “the system” has become greater with the increase in youth violence.
Kristen is ready to love on these youth and young adults and help them reach their fullest potential, by being a positive force in a rather negative life.
Strength & Conditioning, Youth Coach
Coach Jeffrey Boyd has over 20 years of experience as a Strength and Conditioning Coach providing Sports Specific Training for a variety of Athletes that he worked with all over the country including New York, NY, Los Angeles, CA, and currently in Nashville, TN. Jeffrey was a former competitive amateur Boxer for 10 years and he has also competed on stage in The Men's Physique division in Bodybuilding Shows and is endorsed by the NPC (National Physique Committee). Coach Jeffrey's main goal is helping talented athletes reach their full potential.