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OutKast Boxing Club sending eight to Games of Texas

By WES BLOOMQUIST
July 23, 2008 at 2:23 a.m.


Albert Gomez knows what it takes to take gold at the Games of Texas.

Sure, it was in 1989 when he did it last, but the boxer fighting out of OutKast Boxing Club is ready to take his second title.

“I have to attack and stay busy,” Gomez said. “It’s a point system like in the Olympic so I have to score a lot to win.”

Gomez and seven other boxers from the gym begin their quest for titles today with the boxing championships wrapping up on Sunday. The boxing portion of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Games of Texas is being held at the Woodlawn Gymnasium in San Antonio.

Along with his Games of Texas championship, Gomez also won Golden Gloves from 1989-1991. He was out of boxing until 1998 after a motorcycle accident, but said he always missed the sport and the competition.

“I like the adrenaline and being in something like this is really fun,” said Gomez who is originally from Corpus Christi. “You have to like to hit and you have to like to get hit. I just love boxing.”

Gomez is now 37 years old and is mentoring the younger boxers at the club. One of those is Michael Salinas.

At 16, Salinas is about to fight in his first event after training for years.

“I have to stay confident and do the best I can,” Salinas said. “It’s more exciting when there is a lot of people there, so I’m going to be pumped up.”

OutKast Boxing will also be represented by Miguel Loya Jr., Joe Hernandez, Trey Bell, Chris Garza, Lorenzo Resendes and Arron James. Loya Jr. has 30 fights under his belt, Hernandez six and James seven. The other boxers will be fighting in their first matches.

“I expect them to go up there and do their best,” said OutKast Boxing Club coach Miguel Loya Sr. “We’ve been able to get to the championships, but we can’t make mistakes when we get there. We have some kids who can win it.”

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