Old Skool Boxing stays busy in the ring
Nov 06, 2012 (The Deming Headlight - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Trainer Pepe Montoya has maintained a busy fight schedule for the Old Skool Boxing Club stable of youth boxers. The USA Boxing sanctioned club will turn a year old in December and the little gym that could is well on its way to serving youth in the community of Deming.
"We lost some of our kids to school sports after the summer, but we have a full gym right now and I am working with about 10 to 12 kids," Montoya said.
Five of the fighters recently competed at an El Paso amateur fight card on Oct. 20 at the El Paso Coliseum. Three of the Old Skool boxers registered wins and Jose Luis Montoya was named "Outstanding Fighter of the Tournament." There were 27 bouts that night.
"He fought good," Montoya said. "They all fought well. The kids that lost we in close matches that could have gone either way. I am proud of our fighters."
Through summer car washes, donations and selling dinner tickets, the Old Skool boxers have equipped their gym with heavy bags, gloves, speed bags, jump ropes and hand wraps.
"It's been a lot of work, but the kids are learning some good values," Montoya said.
Jose Luis Montoya's bout was at 60 pounds and for 9-year-olds. He dominated his El Paso opponent in claiming a three-round decision, according to his father and trainer, Pepe Montoya.
Stablemate Frankie Lucero Jr. took on Gabe Sandoval of the Las Cruces PAL (Police Athletic League) team. Lucero boxed smart and moved well in registering a victory by decision in the 75-pound limit for 11-year olds.
Sebastian Camacho, 13, hammered out a victory by decision over an Odessa, Texas fighter at 154 pounds. Camacho was in complete control of his opponent, according to Montoya.
Dropping close decisions were Fabian Lopez, 15, and Omar Lopez, 14.
"These two fought extremely well and could have easily picked up the decision," Montoya said... "That's how close their bouts were."
The Old Skool Boxing Club will be raising funds for a trip to the 37th annual Gene Lewis National Tournament this weekend in Mesa, Arizona.
Montoya plans to take the entire stable of fighters to the Silver Gloves Tournament Dec. 7-9, in Las Vegas, NM.
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