Three local boxers bring home belts
Every athlete’s dream is to bring home the big one and for three Grafton Golden Glove boxers, that dream became a reality after winning the Ringside World Championships in Independence, Mo.
“It makes you cry,” coach Freddy Narro said.
Avigail Narro, Damon Reyes and Shannon Perez, all coached by Narro and his staff at the Grafton Golden Gloves, competed and brought home three world championships recently.
“They are really dedicated,” Freddy said.
For Narro and Reyes, it was their second time bringing home belts. It was Perez’s first time.
Avigail Narro, the daughter of Grafton Golden Gloves co-founder Freddy Narro, had the most exciting championship match of the weekend for Grafton Golden Gloves.
She faced a boxer from the Ringside gym, a task that Narro didn’t take lightly.
“I knew I had to go in there and show who wanted the belt,”Avigail said.
“The competition at Ringside was tough, especially the final part,” Narro added.
Just minutes into the final round, with her opponent fighting back quickly, Narro ended it with a hit to the chest, crippling her opponent with a standing eight count.
Shannon Perez took home her first Ringside World Championship belt, in the Girls Novice 11-12 – 125-pound division.
She said going to Ringside is one thing she’ll never forget. “It was fun, and it was a great experience,” Perez said.
In regard to Perez’s determination Narro said, “She wanted it bad, she wanted it the whole time.”
This was her first time participating at the Ringside World Championships.
Damon Reyes, who was last year a Ringside World Champion, defended his title and succeeded this year at the tournament.
He placed first in the Boys Open division 11-12 – 95 pounds.
“He is so energetic,” Narro said. “And he never quits.”
After a tough start, Reyes persevered for the win.
He said that the experience at Ringside is one that he’ll never forget.
“Things went really good,” Reyes said. “I got to see a lot of good fights, and used some things I had learned.”
Reyes has been boxing for a year-and-a-half.
His ultimate goal is to take boxing one step further and get to a higher level.
According to coach Narro, Reyes is a hard-working athlete.
Reyes said that he got his start in boxing because he had tried other sports, but thought that boxing was a good thing to do. “It just looked like a fun sport,” he said. “I was in basketball and football and wanted to try something new.”
Reyes is a student at Grafton’s Central Middle School.
Tony Narro also participated in the tournament, but fell short of coming home with the hardware.
The Grafton Golden Gloves organization said the support of the community makes it much easier to go out and do their part and they are thankful for the support.