This past weekend at the USF Hilltop Cup in San Francisco, Andre Salonga of Double Punches won his fight against Jesus Velasco (Unattached). According to Jovanni Rubio, Double Punches coach, ” It was a good fight. They [Velasco and Salonga] decked it out! Jesus started out very strong in the first round, but Andre was fast and dominated the last two rounds, and won!”
Andre holding his victory belts; the left is the one he won this weekend
Andre has been with us since 2009. This is his second belt (win) in four fights. He is one of our boxers who comes in diligently every day, training hard. Andre says, “I am thankful for the coaches at the gym for getting me where I am now.” Here’s to many more victories for this promising young boxer!
Written by Andrea Cebreros
This week we are showcasing two of our up and coming young boxers:
In a spectacular close match at our Harvest Rumble competitions on Saturday, our own Luis Andrade, 16, won his bout against Sergio Sora, 17, of Napa SAL. This was Luis’ debut fight and first win, and we could not be prouder!
October 2013 Knockout of the Month:
Rey has been with Double Punches for one year. When asked why he joined, he says it’s because he wants to be a Professional boxer someday. He enjoys everything about boxing, and has no complaints about the exercises. Rey believes the club has benefited his discipline, gotten him out of trouble, and helps him get away from his problems. He says his family in particular has influenced and inspired him because they motivate him to be someone in life, and they also love the sport of boxing. Ten years from now, Rey hopes to be a Pro boxer. This month, Rey was nominated for Knockout of the month by some of his fellow classmates because of his focused and friendly attitude, both in the ring and off it.
Written by Andrea Cebreros
This past Saturday, August 31st marked a great day of boxing as the 3rd annual “Beautiful Brawlers” all female amateur boxing show took place in Redwood City at the Sports House Indoor Sports and Grill. From the first bell to the last, it was an electric day of boxing full of excitement as these talented females put it all on the line for a chance to win the “Beautiful Brawlers” title. It was a great opportunity for the girls to showcase their talent to everyone, especially to some of the world champions that were in attendance like Ava “The Lady of Boxing” Knight and Melissa “Mighty” McMorrow.
Our own Doris Martinez Picazo competed against Arpita Sinha from San Jose PAL. Both girls were debuting, and it turned out to be a great bout, testing both their endurance and their grit. Doris kept landing body shots and great over-hand rights which woke up the crowd just as much as Arpita’s speed and combination punches. After three good competitive rounds, the bout came to an end as both girls left it all in the ring—and in the hands of the judges. They did a tremendous job and both deserved to win, but there could only be one champion. After tense moments for both corners awaiting the official decision, a winner was finally announced. This time around, Arpita did enough to convince the judges to rule the decision in her favor.
Although Doris was unable to get the decision, she still came out victorious since it was a great learning experience for her. “I’m blessed to have an opportunity to put my name out there and show them what I’m all about” says Doris on a Facebook picture, where she poses for the cameras in the ring along with her opponent. Doris and Arpita are most likely to have a re-match at our 5th annual Harvest Rumble boxing show, taking place on October 12, 2013. Stay tuned for this entertaining match-up and exciting card, put together by The Salvation Army’s Double Punches Boxing Club.
Written by Pedro “El Lobo” Madriz
Saturday, October 12 at 2:00pm
Presented by The Salvation Army at 93 Stony Circle, Santa Rosa
Tickets will be $15
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This week, our coaches awarded our summer program participants with honorary certificates of completion:
Pictured left to right: Sophia, Alma, Lupita, Heidy, Isaac, David and Jordan
Pictured from left to right: Gabriel, Pablo and Gerardo
Congratulations to this year’s excellent Summer boxing for beginners class! You have all come a long way in just a few short months. We proudly look forward to many more of your achievements.
*Not pictured: Cheyenne, Jose, Juan, Diego, Erik and Allen
From left to right: Don Phengsavath, fellow DP boxer; Jovanni Rubio, Coach; Pedro Madriz, DP boxer; Jose Gonzales, Coach
Last weekend at the Victory Outreach boxing event in San Jose, our very own Pedro Madriz (Lobo) went up against Martin Avela, of San Jose PAL, in the 15th bout.
Madriz took home a win and a belt after dealing some effective body shots against a formidable opponent in this exciting bout.
“I’m glad I had the opportunity to compete in this event; he was a good opponent and gave me a really good challenge. I was proud to represent Double Punches over there and be able to bring the W home.”