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The boxing program teaches discipline and respect in a structured environment through which staff members train, teach, and instruct youths and adults ages 8 to 34 to perform to their highest potential in the sport. The San Fernando Boxing Club trains competitive amateur boxers and is dedicated to providing youth in the community a program that emphasizes sportsmanship, education, and physical conditioning, as well as mental, spiritual and emotional health.
If you're between the ages of 8 and 34, seriously interested in boxing and willing to train hard, this program may be right for you. Coaches are available to assist with training between 4 and 8 p.m. Mondays. The gym is a fully equipped boxing facility. The cost is $55 a year for on-line registration or $65 for paper registration with the U.S. Boxing Association and the department's San Fernando Boxing Club.
For more information, call 207-3127 or 207-3114. *Please note, this is not an exercise program.
San Fernando Gym Boxing Shows
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2 to 7 p.m.
The show, featuring boxers from across the state, including San Fernando Boxing Club, will be held in the Jesse James Leija/San Fernando Gym, 319 W. Travis St. The gate fee is $8 per person. Children six and under are free.
Megan Martinez represents region
in 2014 National USA Junior Olympics Tournament
Megan Martinez lost her first bout at the 2014 National Junior Olympics in Charleston, WV, the week of June 10-14, eliminating her from the tournament. Hats off to Megan for a strong effort in her representation of the region. She advanced to the national tournament after her win in the 119-pound weight division in the Region 8 Junior Olympics Boxing Tournament at Woodlawn Gym here in San Antonio Memorial Day weekend.
2014 National Golden Gloves Tournament
After making it through three bouts, San Fernando Boxing Club boxer Hector Tanajara fell 3-2 to Gary Antonio Russell of Washington, D.C. in the semi-finals of the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas on May 17. Congratulations to Hector for representing San Antonio so well. Previously, Hector beat Samuel Rodriguez of Buffalo, NY, 3-0 in a 123 bout. He also defeated Sharone Carter, Jr., of St. Louis, MO, and Julio Luna of Kansas City, MO, Bantam Division bout.
Joshua Franco was eliminated after a 3-2 loss to Leroy Davila of New Jersey at 108 pounds. Franco had previously defeated Thomas Huitt-Johnson of Kansas City in his first round bout. Franco competed in the Light Bantam Division (108). The tournament continues through May 17. Kudos to Joshua for representing San Antonio so well at the national level.
The two boxers advanced to nationals after emerging as champions from the Regional Golden Gloves competition held in Fort Worth in early March.
2014 South Texas J.O. LBC Championship Tournament
April 25 – 27
Christian Romero, Age: Pee Wee (9) Weight: 55 lbs
Grace Balderas, Age: Bantam (12) Weight: 95 lbs
Jesse Rodriguez ,Age: Intermediate (14) Weight: 95 lbs
Megan Martinez, Age: Intermediate (15) Weight: 119 lbs
Ethan Perez, Age: Pee Wee (9) Weight: 60 lbs
Angel Campos, Age: Intermediate (13) Weight: 75 lbs
Jason Limon, Age: Intermediate (13) Weight: 85 lbs
The State Tournament will be held in San Antonio at Woodlawn Gymnasium on May 23, 24, and 25. All winners from the Gulf, South Western, West Texas, and Border Associations will be in San Antonio to box for the State Championship Titles.
2014 State Golden Gloves
Two San Fernando Boxing Club boxers emerged as champions from the Regional Golden Gloves competition held in Fort Worth in early March. They are Hector Tanajara, champion in the Bantam weight division (123), and Joshua Franco, champion in the Light Bantam Weight Division (108). Both fighters will advance to the Golden Gloves National Tournament in Las Vegas, NV, May 12 - May 17. Best of luck!
2014 Regional Golden Gloves
Winners in the regional competition, advancing to state at Fort Worth the week of March 1 were:
Edson Lozano, Champion, Novice/ Lt. Flyweight, 108;
Kendall Harris, Champion, Novice/ Heavyweight, 201;
Daniel Reed Runner-Up Novice/ Flyweight 114;
Josuha Franco, Champion, Open/ Lt. Flyweight, 108;
Luis Delgado Jr., Champion, Open/ Flyweight, 114;
Hector Tanajara, Champion, Open/ Bantam, 123;
Cresencio Ramos, Champion, Open/ Lightweight, 132;
Herman Torres, Champion, Open/ Heavyweight, 201;
Henry Arredondo, Runner-Up, Open/ Lt. Welter, 141;
Matthew Hernandez, Runner-Up, Open/ Lt. Heavyweight, 178;
Alfred Berlanga, Runner-Up, Open/ Heavyweight, 201;
The Joe Rubin Memorial Award Outstanding Boxer in the Open Division was awarded Hector Tanajara and Crescencio Ramos won the John "Rocky" Riojas Award. Congratulations to all the participants!
2014 Silver Gloves National Boxing Tournament, Independence, MO January 30 - February 1, 2014 Jesse Rodriguez, 14, won his division in the 85 pound weight class by winning two consecutive bouts the weekend of Feb. 1, 2014. Christian Romero competed as well, but was defeated in a single bout.
2014 Silver Gloves, Little Rock, AR
On Jan. 23, Jesse Rodriguez and Christine Romero won championships in their divisions and qualified for Nationals in Independence, MO, Jan. 30 through Feb. 1.
USA Boxing National Championship, Spokane, WA
Joshua Franco won second place in the tournament.
2013 STABA South Texas Championships
The Parks and Recreation Boxing Team won both the Open and Novice Division Team Championship Award in the STABA South Texas Championship Boxing Tournament held at Woodlawn Gym in December.
The team had a total of 7 Champions and 4 Runner-Ups in the tournament. Cresencio Ramos and Joshua Franco both qualified for the 2014 USA Boxing National Championships to be held in Spokane, Washington. Hector Tanjara, Matthew Hernandez & Luis Delgado also qualified for the 2014 USA Boxing Junior & Youth Open Nationals scheduled for Reno, Nevada.
Cresencio Ramos received the Eddie Garza Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $1,000 from the South Texas Amateur Boxing Association.
Parks and Recreation Team Results
Albert Martinez, Champion, Novice
Marcos McPeters, Champion, Novice
Daniel Reed, Champion, Novice
Joel Maldonado, Runner-Up, Novice
Felix Carrasco, Runner-Up, Novice
Cresencio Ramos, Champion, Open
Hector Tanajara, Champion, Open
Joshua Franco, Champion, Open
Matthew Hernandez, Champion, Open
Herman Torres, Runner-Up, Open
Luis Delgado Jr., Runner-Up, Open
Houston National Open Boxing Tournament
The San Fernando Boxing Club traveled to Houston from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, 2013, to participate in the Houston National Open Boxing Tournament. Seven participants made the trip. All 7 boxers placed in the tournament. Five were Champions and two were runners-up.
CHAMPIONS: Chris Ramos, Matthew Hernandez, Joshua Franco, Jesse Rodriguez, and Angel Campos.
RUNNERS-UP: Ignacio Holguin and Luis Delgado.
JO Championship (Aransas Pass, Texas)
The San Fernando Boxing Club was represented by eight Boxers at the JO Championships in mid-May 2013. Four boxers won championships in their weight classes and one finished as a runner-up. The four championship boxers are Zeke Hernandez, Jesse Rodriguez, Giovanni Salazar & Megan Martinez. Matthew Hernandez finished as the runner-up.
Golden Gloves Tournaments
Three members of the Club won state championships the first weekend in March 2013 in Ft. Worth. They are Hector Tanajara, Crecencio Ramos,18, lightweight, and Steven Cardenas, 165 pounds. A fourth boxer, Luis Delgado, finished as a runner-up. Tanajara and Ramos went on to win quarterfinal bouts at the 2013 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Salt Lake City in May. Tanajara defeated Hector Colon of Florida 3-2 at 114 pounds while Ramos beat Jahbril Jauregui of New Jersey 5-0 at 132 to advance to the semifinals. Tanajara and Ramos lost by decision in the semifinals.
At the end of the tournament, Cresencio Ramos was awarded a scholarship by the Golden Gloves National Organization, Cresencio will continue his education at the University of Texas at San Antonio after graduation from Harlandale High School in June.
Tanajara, 16, a flyweight, competed last year in Kurgen, Russia, as a member of the United Junior Olympic team and won an individual gold medal, along with the team silver cup. He has competed in 80 bouts.
Four boxers represented the San Fernando Boxing Club in the USA Boxing National Championships in Spokane, WA. the first week of April. All four qualified through the LBC State Championship held in Houston. Cresencio Ramos won runner up in the Lightweight Division (132 lbs) after advancing all the way to the finals where he lost a close 2-1 decision. In the event that the champion cannot represent the USA in international competition, then Ramos will take his place. Ramon Cardenas and Joshua Franco also won their first round bouts, but were later eliminated. Luis Delgado lost in his first round bout.
Jesse James Leija Gym
Originally part of the San Fernando Cathedral School complex, the two-story brick building at Travis and Santa Rosa streets was built in 1948 and dedicated Dec. 3, 1950. The gym was used by the Archdiocese of San Antonio for Catholic Youth Organization activities until the early 1970s and on Oct. 31, 1974, the city acquired San Fernando Gym and its .92-acre lot for $52,100. Boxers such as Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Oscar de la Hoya, and Pernell Whitaker all trained there in years past. The gym was renamed for former world champion Jesse James Leija in 2006. Leija trained at the gym as an amateur in the mid-1980's.