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We recently spoke with our friend Alberto Gutiérrez, better known as “GUMA”, who in addition to his work with photography is an ultralight pilot and tremendous boxing fan. Guma learned to box from his father during his youth and boxed at an amateur level. In Tapachula, Chiapas he rose to the rank of “Golden Gloves,” though an injury to his jaw hindered his debut as a professional at 19.
Guma’s passion for boxing today, along with his concern to instill important values among children and youth in the city while helping them develop a love for boxing, are reasons that led Guma to start training youth boxing. Equipped at a very simple facility, Guma currently trains a group of 20 children, made up of young boys, girls, and teenagers.
From among his aspiring champions, Guma’s gym sent 5 boxers who had been selected from Puerto Peñasco to the most recent State tournament where they achieved 2 State Championships, in the 50 kg “cadet” (light flyweight) and Older Youth 60 kg (lightweight) categories.
Guma’s next boxing commitment is a pre-national tournament, set to take place in Tijuana on February 26th and he’s presently seeking sponsors to help make it possible to get the boys to the competition given the gym does not receive funds from any official institution. Funds raised will be used for travel and equipment expenses for the 2 competitors, who if victorious will have the opportunity to attend the National Tournament in Monterrey, Nuevo León.
In this way, this local trainer and boxing fan is furthering his passion for the sport by planting a seed within the community’s children to encourage values of dedication, discipline, and training. This will undoubtedly one day make them champions in life!
Guma has also provided a list of equipment needs for the gym that bit by bit will help further the children’s training (If anyone is interested in donating any of these items, or helping the young boxers with expenses for their upcoming bouts in Tijuana, please let us know firstname.lastname@example.org):
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