Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Growing up watching my cousin training for amateur boxing bouts, I fell in love with the sport of boxing. At the age of 13, I have overheard a group of friends talking about meeting up after school to box in their front yard that led me to drop in the conversation and pretty much inviting myself which led to me having my first taste at an unofficial boxing fight. I then went to the local flea market, bought 2 pairs of gloves and gone around the park and ask random kids to box. I have my first amateur fight at the age of 16 in which I went on to rack up a record of 44-4 and officially become a professional fighter at the age of 26.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
I was once training at a gym in downtown Stockton, one day a trainer was upset because I was completely dominating his fighter which led to the trainer unleashing a verbal assault on me. It was at the time, that his now Head trainer Marco “Chino” Arroyo defended me without knowing who I was. The universe decided we were perfect for each other as a fighter and boxing head trainer and almost 10 years later we are both taking the Local Boxing world by storm together.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Don’t over train or get discouraged by the time it takes to succeed, Boxing is like an investment you have to be patient and trust the process and not rush the process.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
The year was 2009, I was riding through downtown and happened to be at the right place and the right time that led me to meet one of my true first trainers is Bryan Watts. We went on and became a good friend, Watts Thought Gonzalez a lot of the boxing skills he obtains today and as Bryan Watts once said: “This kid is truly something special”. Bryan Watts unexpectedly passed away in 2017, I rarely bring up Watts due to it being a sensitive, but every fight I did, I dedicate it to my former trainer Bryan Watts.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
With the Sudden success of years of hard work finally paying off and being recognized, I use my free time to train the kids free of charge as well as mentoring them to make smarter decisions in life.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
“When you truly want something and go after it without limiting yourself with deep belief, The Universe will make it happen”. I have a deep belief that in life, in order for things to happen, multiple other things must precisely fall into place in order for it to happen. You are here in this certain situation because the universe put you in that position.
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