8/05/2017-WCB rove down to the T.K.O. amateur boxing show in Santa Ana and was sadly reminded of what that 5 Freeway’s all about. Are they EVER gonna’ finish working on that freeway?
The good thing though was the show was outstanding. There were 29 bouts and plenty of action from our budding future stars. My old friend Mary Lara, who has been the driving force at the T.K.O Boxing club for years was perpetual motion, staying on top of all the goings on at the show. I don’t believe I ever saw her standing still for more than 30 seconds. These amateur shows are always a a hotbed of activity. One of the best things about attending these shows is seeing a lot of my old coaching buddies as well as the fathers (with kids) that I remember AS kids back when I ran the City of Inglewood boxing program. Tim Rhambo, Mando (coach from Paramount), former boxer and friend Armando Contreras, as well as my dear friend Mack Kurihara whom I hadn’t seen in 20 years. Mack was one of the ‘good guys’ in tha’ game and an outstanding trainer/cut man of many champions, including my good buddy, the late light heavyweight champion, Julio Gonzales. The ONLY drawback of the entire day was the noise that prevented me from getting audible interviews with the young boxers. In the future I’m gonna’ have to find a quiet area away from the activity. But we were able to get some nice pics of our up an comers.
INTERVIEW WITH BRODY LEDOUX
Hi, I am Brody LeDoux and I box for the Pacoima Boxing Gym and how I got started was one day my dad found out about Carnell Boxing gym where I started. One day I was watching a Rocky movie and my dad took me to the gym and I liked it and just started moving along. I have six fights, three wins and three losses. I’m ten years old, I’ll be eleven in November. I go to Highland Elementary School. Sitting nearby was Brody’s sister (Ashley) and was asked how she feels about her brother boxing.
Ashley: I think it’s good, it’s good for him and it keeps him in shape.
WCB: Do you box, too?
Ashley: No, I don’t like it. I get worried when he gets hit and his head goes back.
WCB apologizes for not getting all the interviews recorded as there was some real interesting insight from Brody’s dad and coach. We’ll get ‘em at the next show.
My name is Adrian Lopez and I box for the TKO Boxing club. I started boxing because I was a real skinny kid and I wanted to get strength and I kept going.
WCB: What does that belt you’re holding represent?
Lopez: That I won my fight today. This was my first fight.
WCB: So you must be pretty good…
Lopez: I won’t say I’m good but I had enough experience to get my boxing license. I wanted to box because it’s a tough sport and like soccer is a team sport and you win as a ‘team’ but in boxing, you win by yourself and that’s what I like about it.