Nov 27

Meet Judith Garcia, November Knockout!


Judith and her younger brother, Abel Garcia, have been at Double Punches for about 3 years. She wanted to join for the workout, and to meet new people. The coaches chose Judith as the Knockout of the month because

” She is a great athlete, and one of the hardest working members of the club. She is an example to others, always with a positive attitude and willing to help out when needed; helping others improve their techniques.” 

Judith also enjoys playing volleyball, and having a fun time with her friends. The one workout she dislikes are the weight exercises, but she knows she has to do it to be stronger. When asked where she sees herself in the near future, the fourteen year old says,

“I see myself in a good place, and still in boxing, graduating from high school. [Double Punches] has benefited me a lot because I could stay in shape and get good grades at school while learning a lot of boxing skills. The one person who inspires me is Richard, because he pushes me to do the right thing, and helps me a lot.”

Judith is currently getting ready for possibly debuting in her first fight in the future, so stay tuned!


View our previous Knockouts here

Written by Andrea Cebreros

Nov 25

Spotlight! Abel Garcia



Abel with coach Jovanni

Abel Garcia had his debut match at the Silver Gloves Competition in American Canyon, held November 2nd. His opponent, Christian Montero, on his fourth bout, gave him a run for his money. Abel’s coach, Jovanni, said, “He [Abel] went the distance! It was a very close match, he almost won, but he lost to the champ, who went on advancing to the Nationals. We look forward to a rematch.” Abel came in 2nd in his weight class, and we are very proud of him for having done so well in his debut!


Harvest Rumble 2013


Ted Luzzi, our friend and contributor, wrote an article for us about last month’s Harvest Rumble:


Double Punches’ 5th Annual Harvest Rumble Amateur Boxing Competitions fight night in Santa Rosa this past Saturday, October 12th featured some great action fights—the kind that rain punches from all points of the compass, exciting the crowd. Often, the well-matched bouts were toe-to-toe, punch for punch. A big turnout had been anticipated due to the successful pre-event ticket sales alone; nonetheless, it was still gratifying to see every seat filled so quickly. At one point people lined the walls, standing where they could to see the fights. The complete card consisted of 13 matchups; the show ran over three hours. Over 200 people were in attendance. The audience cheered all afternoon, supporting their favorite boxers, certainly getting their money’s worth.


At 2:30 pm the ring announcer, Rafael Rivero—Community Outreach Specialist for the City of Santa Rosa—trotted to ring center and made the opening statements. He was followed by Major C. Joseph Murray, the commanding officer of The Salvation Army Santa Rosa Corps, to lead the Opening Prayer, adding dignity to the occasion. Richard Lopez, the Double Punches Boxing Club Program Director, welcomed everyone, while the President of the Northern California U.S.A. Boxing LBC #38, Robert Rodriguez, led the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag.


The anticipation was building. My friend Scott looked at me and said his palms were sweating. I had initially told myself I wouldn’t let the excitement and emotions of the moment push me around; I would cheer only temperately and with restraint. What nonsense! My palms were sweaty too.

Here are some highlights from the riveting matches:


Martha Arroyo (13, Napa SAL) versus Ariana Garcia (14, Warriors 4 JC)


Voted Best Fight of the Night by the audience

Both these fighters seemed charged with predatory intensity as they attacked each other at the opening bell. Both girls were fearless, with a total disregard for danger, it seemed. They fought with fire; toe-to-toe, punch for punch. Garcia appeared to possess the faster hands initially, pulling ahead.  She kept up a daring attack, landing more punches than Martha, seemingly winning the fight—but Miss Arroyo changed tactics, and began timing Ariana’s rushes perfectly; countering with fierce, accurate rights that shot straight through Garcia’s guard whenever she charged in.

Continue reading

Oct 21

Spotlight! Andre Salonga

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 with his two belts, the left one being the one he won this weekend

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

Oct 16

Spotlight! Luis Andrade & Reynaldo Robledo

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!

Luis Andrade_2013 Harvest Rumble Win

October 2013 Knockout of the Month:
Reynaldo Robledo
Reynaldo Robledo

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


Sep 03

Spotlight! – Doris “La Leona” Picazo

Doris1_Aug2013This 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

Aug 15

Here’s to our Summer 2013 Class!

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


Aug 12

Spotlight – A win for Lobo

From left to right: Don Phengsavath, fellow DP boxer; Jovanni Rubio, Coach; Pedro Madriz, DP boxer; Jose Gonzales, Coach

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.”