With their coaching gymnasium closed within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Central Coast Boxing Membership members Armando and Osvaldo Gonzales, and Wiliam Funes saved coaching diligently.
They every earned a World Boxing Council (WBC) age group title in Mexico as a reward.
The CCB gymnasium on Oak Road in Santa Maria re-opened June 15, the identical day the state economic system opened again up. That very same night time, Funes, and Armando and Osvaldo Gonzales went again in and skilled with gusto, Carlos Ruiz, who runs the Central Coast Boxing Membership, mentioned.
“It took a short time, however with the help of the trainers, the coaches, the opposite (Central Coast Boxing) fighters, I used to be in a position to get again into full boxing form,” mentioned Funes, 14.
“All three off these boys have been coaching three-to-four hours a day for the final three years,” mentioned Ruiz.
Funes, Armando Gonzalez, 15, and Armando’s brother Osvaldo, 12, all went 2-0 and took age group weight class titles at a U.S. vs. Mexico occasion in Rosarito, a metropolis within the state of Baja, Mexico, the weekend of June 25-26
All three went 2-0 on the Rosarito occasion. Armando Gonzales competed at 145 kilos, Osvaldo Gonzales boxed at 80 kilos and Funes fought at 101 kilos. All three stay in Santa Maria.
Armando and Osvaldo’s father, Jose Jr. Gonzales, trains them. “That is a great factor,” mentioned Armando. “He pushes us exhausting.”
The older Gonzales brother mentioned, “My first combat was exhausting as a result of the (opposing) fighter was sturdy. I received that by resolution.
“The second, my dad wished me to finish it fast as a result of I felt sturdy. I received by TKO (technical knockout) within the first minute.”
Osvaldo Gonzales received his first combat by resolution and the second by knockout. Funes received each his bouts by resolution, 3-0 and 2-1.
“The one-two (punches) labored finest for me,” mentioned Funes. “First I went for the physique, then I labored my manner up,” to the top.
“The combos labored finest for me,” mentioned Osvaldo Gonzales.
Armando Gonzales can be a junior at Pioneer valley Excessive Faculty within the 2021-22 college 12 months. He mentioned the setting for the fights was “actually cool.”
The 15-year-old mentioned, “The ring was on the seaside sand, with the ocean proper close by.”
With the gymnasium on Oak Road closed, the three CCB boxers mentioned they saved busy by working and figuring out on an out of doors pace bag.
These three are among the many eight CCB members Ruiz can be taking to a U.S. vs. Mexico WBC occasion that can happen in Mexicali July 17. The others are Justin Navarro, 13, Alisson Mata, 12, Alexander Sandoval, 9, Icek Cruz, 14, and Icek’s sister, Keyla Cruz, 10.
“The promoters of the (Mexicali) occasion thought a lot of (Funes, and Armando and Osvaldo Gonzales) that he put them on a poster selling the occasion,” mentioned Ruiz.
Additionally, “In the course of the fights these three are in, we get to work out of the A” nook, the most effective nook,” Ruiz mentioned. “That was very nice of (the promoters). We normally must work out of the “B” nook as a result of we’re from the U.S. facet.”