John Mellencamp’s Son Ready For Boxing Debut

Here’s a little ditty about Hud Mellencamp. An American kid doing the best that he can.  Hud’s going to be a boxing star. He’s also the son of John Cougar. Okay, so star and Cougar don’t really rhyme, but what the hell do you want from me? I’m a sports blogger, not a songwriter.

Anyway, Hud Mellencamp is the 14-year old son of John Mellencamp, and while his dad is best known for providing us all with such hits as “Jack and Diane” and “Small Town”, his son has taken a different path. You see, Hud thinks being a rock star is for sissies and he’d much rather spend his time turning somebody’s face into a bloody pulp.


The 14-year-old son of rock star John Mellencamp is scheduled to compete tonight in the Indiana Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Tyndall Armory. Hud Mellencamp is paired against Tate Sturgeon, Lafayette, in a 132-pound bout. It’s the second fight on a card that begins at 7:30 p.m.

“People expect a kid coming from privilege to be a certain way, but he’s as tough as any kid out there,” [Hud’s coach Keith] Palmer said. “He’s a fighter. He’s a lot more than I expected him to be.”

The Mellencamp family declined interview requests, which Palmer attributed to Hud’s mother, Elaine, not wanting to have the spotlight shine on him any more than it already does.

Coach Palmer would neither confirm nor deny that taking a right hook from Hud to the face hurts so good.

All I do know is that Hud’s skill could come in handy should his father get the idea that it’s about time he put out a new album. Hopefully Hud can knock him out cold before he gets to the studio.