Outkast boxer advances to state
Feb. 29, 2012 at 8:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 28, 2012 at 8:29 p.m.
A member of the OutKast Boxing Club in Victoria will advance to the state level and compete now through Friday in Forth Worth.
Jacob Almaguer, 17, of George West, won in the 132-pound division in the 69th annual Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament in Corpus Christi. He will advance and compete at the State Golden Gloves Tournament in Forth Worth in the open classification.
Ramon Acosta, 12, competed in the 75-pound division, Trey Aragon, 13, in the 90-pound division and Randy Felan, 15, in the 118-pound division. Ramon, Trey and Randy each emerged as champions of their divisions after winning their respective matches in the Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament.
Luciano Lopez, 15, Leonard Lopez, 14, Joseph Dobbins, 13, and Gary Villarreal, 12, went unopposed. Isiah Cuevas, 14, won by walk-over when his opponent failed to show.
The OutKast Boxing Club, represented by 12 of the 25 regular participants, won five titles in the Golden Gloves Tournament on Friday and Saturday, including the team trophy for the Junior Olympic Division.
The club, sponsored by the Victoria Police Officers Association, provides constructive activities for children after school.
"Unlike other sports, it is a year-round activity," said boxing coach Miguel Loya. "We provide a place to keep kids off the streets from 6 to 8 p.m. By the time they get out, they're exhausted and go straight to bed."
The children often spar with other Victoria clubs for practice.
And the club has been successful. In its five years of existence, one of their club members has placed national runner-up twice.
"Clubs are fortunate if they have one member even compete nationally," Loya said. "So to have one boy place nationally twice, is pretty impressive."
Joseph Felan, president of Police Officers Association, said the children in the club are well behaved.
"These are not troubled kids," Felan said. "We accept everyone, but we encourage them to do well in school. This is just another way the Victoria Police Department can help out our community."