For most of his life, Victor McCullough has been juggling one thing after another.

For most of his life, Victor McCullough has been juggling one thing after another.
If it isn’t juggling his home life with his work, it is juggling his full-time course work in the ROTC program at Pittsburg State University with his training as a fighter.
As a fighter, McCullough is 16-1 in Mixed Martial Arts, 35-0 in kickboxing and 149-2 as a boxer.
You see, McCullough is a full-time sheriff’s deputy with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department as well as being a cadet in the ROTC program at Pitt State and is currently at Fort Knox, Ky. taking part in the Leader’s Training Course for the U.S. Army.
Oh, by the way, McCullough is also a husband of seven years and has six kids.
It all started when McCullough was four and his father — a native of Jamaica and a professional fighter — entered him in his first fight.
“That was my father,” McCullough said. “My father was a boxer and fought Ken Norton when I was younger and that was something that he could give to us.”
His mother, a devout Christian, gave him the skills that got him into college — singing.
“My mother was very religious and she kept us in church,” McCullough said. “My siblings and I had some talent in singing and I couldn’t fight because we didn’t have a team at Coffeyville.
“I couldn’t pay for college so, I used singing to go to school.”
College was not really in the mix coming out of high school in Tulsa, Okla. so McCullough thought that he would give fighting a go to earn a living to help with his family’s expenses.
And why not? By the time he was out of high school, McCullough had already racked up three titles in kickboxing with a 79-0 record and a Golden Gloves title in boxing.
“I thought I would make my living that way because I racked up enough wins,” McCullough said. “But, it really didn’t go the way I thought because my wife got pregnant and I was not making enough money fighting. I figured I should get a real job and go to school.”
While at Coffeyville Community College, McCullough, who already knew that life was hard and bills were expensive, had a rough time of it and it got tougher when he transferred to Pitt State. So tough that McCullough elected to drop out and become a certified truck driver at Fort Scott Community College.
But, his wife decided that she did not want him on the road as a truck driver.
“She just told me to do what I loved and I started fighting,” McCullough said. “From there, I ran into someone at ROTC at Pitt State and he talked to me about going into the military.”
That has taken him to where he is today.
In fact, earlier this week, Army officials at Fort Knox asked McCullough if he would take part in the Post Army Boxing Tournament in mid-August. From there, he has a chance to compete in the All-Army tournament, then on to the All-Services Tournament where he could be the first-ever cadet to win.
“They gave me a chance and I tried out and the guy looked at me like I wasn’t much,” McCullough said. “But, I rocked and now, Fort Knox wants me to represent them in the trials.”
But, as in other aspects of McCullough’s life, there is a challenge.
If he represents Fort Knox, it may put his already hectic schedule at risk because of the time he would have to spend training in Kentucky. He would, essentially, have to work in Jasper County, take part in ROTC exercises at Pitt State and travel to Fort Knox to train.
McCullough, however, just smiles and takes it all in stride because he is already in a place he, or anyone else for that matter, really expected him to be in.
“I never thought that I would be in the Army but, I always wanted to fight,” McCullough said. “Growing up people wanted to be like Michael Jordan or other pro athletes but I wanted to be like Ali.”
Now, McCullough has a shot to fulfill his dream of fighting, earn his degree in accounting, be a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army and continue to provide for his family.
Not something he would trade, nor is it something that would ever give back.
“From there, I don’t know if I can win the national title because the Marine Corp. trains their guys every day and, being a cadet, my schedule will be tough,” McCullough said. “But, no one ever really thought that I would get this far.”

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