Two of our boxers, Jonathan Rubio and Pedro Madriz (aka “Lobo”), fought at the Battle of the Kennel 7 in San Leandro last Saturday, April 5th. Unfortunately, Lobo didn’t get the decision this time around–but young Jonathan was able to bring home the victory against Javier Gradilla, a tough fighter and Silver Gloves champ from Modesto PAL. It was a good match, and Jonathan had this to say of his experience:
“I had good training, but I was still a little nervous. We were bout #10, right after intermission. I was in the blue corner and warmed up by shadow boxing. In the first round I came in throwing jabs, later catching him with a big left so I felt like I had won that round. Round 2 [Gradilla] came in harder, so I had to throw punch after punch, it was a close round. Round 3 I was able to get him with another hard left. With this win I’m at 17-7, and I’m getting ready for the upcoming Junior Olympics right now, they’re this April 26-27.”
Javier Gradilla (L) and Jonathan Rubio (R) in San Leandro last weekend
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!
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