It's been quite the journey for Chris Salvi.
Just this month the walk-on Irish football player learned he would be getting a scholarship for his final season at Notre Dame for his tremendous work on special teams.
Salvi is the Rocky Balboa of the football team--overcoming the odds, refusing to go down to live out his dream.
Fitting since Salvi reached the finals of Bengal Bouts Saturday night and his opponent in the 188 pound boxing championship was Adrian "Yo Adrian" Moreno.
This proved to be a slugfest that brought the big crowd at Purcell Pavilion to its feet on numerous occassions. Salvi dominated the first two runs but was lucky to survive in the 3rd round as Moreno mounted a comeback.
At one point, Salvi got a little cocky during the fight with a gesture at Moreno to try and hit home. It was a move straight out of Ivan Drago in Rocky IV. Suddenly the crowd turned against Salvi and was backing Moreno the rest of the way.
In the end, a bloodied up Salvi survived to win by split decision. Many of his teammates including Braxston Cave and Mike Golic Jr were on hand to cheer him on. Both were impressed.
Salvi, who has brothers who also compete in Bengals Bouts, said it was a pretty awesome feeling to pick up the victory.
We'll have much more on Salvi's big win Monday on NewsCenter 16 at 6.
Legendary football coach Knute Rockne first organized boxing at Notre Dame in 1920. Yet it is the purpose of raising funds for the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh that truly gave the Bengal Bouts its identity in 1931.