My trainer was passing out flyers at the gym the other day announcing a boxing show that was being held on Saturday- July 19, 2008. It has been a while that I haven't been to a fight and I was going to go. This wasn't just an amateur boxing event. I had a good reason to go because two of my stabble-mates were competing. Even though they train at another gym we are still stabble-mates because we have the same trainer. His name is Charles 'Chilli' Wilson. Everybody knows him simply as Chilli. So I had to go or rather I needed to go... To support them.
This event is the first annual CYAL (Compton Youth Activities League) by the Compton Police Station. They fought other Police youth leagues, which included Norwalk, Century, Lennox, and of course Compton.
The facility was at 700 N. Alameda St. Compton, Ca. 90221. General Admission was only $5.00 at the door. There was fifteen fights on the card and it was a great day for boxin'. It was a warm sunny day and the food was catered by Vick's Restaurant. It couldn't get any better than that. I didn't eat any of it because I got to watch my weight, but it smelled good.
Let's get ready to rumble...
I watched every fight on the card but I was waiting especially for Elizabeth Sanchez who was in the red corner weighing in at 125 pounds. From the opening bell, Elizabeth kept putting on the pressure and not giving her opponent, Briana Saigado, any room to breathe. She would time her punches and land on target every time. At only 14 years old she looked like Muhammad Ali when he fought Sonny Liston. She danced and gave Briana a boxing lesson. Elizabeth won the decision cleanly. This was her first fight as an amateur.
Next, let go over to Jessica Espinosa, a heavyweight weighing in around 240 pounds also in the red corner. For being a big girl... don't think that she was slow and clumsy! She was fast with her combinations and moving well on her feet. She didn't waist her time with Blanca Zamora, who was taking a lot of body punishment. Jessica's raw power won her a TKO in the first round. Blanca couldn't come out for the second round because she suffered a split upper-lip and a cut on the tip of her nose. At 13 years old this is Jessica's first fight as an amateur.
Chilli was like a proud father of these two women warriors and I was absorbing the excitement and it makes me feel part of the winners circle to think that I'm involved with one of the best trainers in Los Angeles. I have trained with several different trainers in the past, but Chilli is special. He looks out for the well-being of his fighters and that's something that doesn't happen too often. He is also the coach at the Lennox Youth Athletic League, which his girls fought for.
It was a great show provided by the Police and it's good for the kids. It's at shows like these where future champions come from. It keep them motivated and off the streets.
Since Chilli is my trainer and friend he will keep me posted on future events. Be on the lookout for more amateur boxin' on the horizon.
Until then, keep punchin'!