BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
PACOIMA, CALIFORNIA - Brandon Mendoza was born on June 12, 1996 in Burbank, California. Standing at 5'7, he started boxing at 18 years of age at Ten Goose Boxing Gym, thanks to his 34-year-old brother who placed him in the hands of Gabriel Camacho before he died of alcoholism, encouraging his younger sibling to stay healthy, and on the right path. Brandon is now 21, weighs 130 lbs, and just returned this week to the U.S, after pulling off a 7-second knock-out in the first round in Tijuana, Mexico. The Pacoima Boxing Gym, former training camp to Emilio Sanchez of Golden Boy Promotions, is preparing Brandon for his second professional bout, and guiding him in the right direction as his older brother insisted.
"I'm currently enrolled in Los Angeles Valley College, and taking a physics class. I want to major in electrical engineering. That's my goal. It's a lot of math, but it'll pay off in the long-run. I'm taking one class at a time. I'm doing pretty good. I'm getting As and Bs. As far as boxing, I trained at Ten Goose Boxing Gym for 2 years, and was fortunate to have Gabriel Camacho as a coach. Joe Gossen and Ricky Funez also played a role, but I'm here now (Pacoima Boxing Gym). I'm training with Marcos and Damon Murillo. The sparring here is exceptional. I train with Rafael Delgado and Pedro Valencia. They are national champions, so we're training at a high-level. They put the beatings on me, but the sparring helped me develop, and become a pro. I have the best team... Fidel Briseno, Manny Cota, Coach Marcos, and Coach Damon Murillo. We're preparing to conquer the super featherweight division. Pacoima Boxing Gym has been a blessing," said the undefeated Brandon Mendoza.
"I fought back in the day... I started boxing at seven, so my first amateur fight was at eight, for the silver gloves, which was in Norwalk, California. It was a national tournament. I lost, but it was a great experience. After that, I participated in 136 fights. I won 10 national fights, I won best boxer awards, I competed in international games, and was ranked number five in the world. I turned pro, and had three fights. Manny Cota, and my father, Marcos Murillo, made it happen. I helped prepare Marco Antonio Barrera for Kevin Kelly, Johnny Tapia, and Erik Morales as a sparring partner. I helped him for three camps... Each fighter has their own style, so as Brandon's trainer, I adjusted to his style, and simply helped him improve it. For a big, big, fight ya know, we may have to change it up. Brandon, as you know, knocked out his opponent out 7-seconds into the first round, so its a great start into his career," said Brandon's coach, Damon Murillo, a phenomenal man of great character, and stature.
"I have been working with Brandon for roughly 2 months... I remember working with him on the mitts, and watching him hit the punching bag for the first time... He was throwing wild punches... It was crazy! He wouldn't follow our instructions, and was, basically, being stubborn. He wanted to fight his way! He use to charge Pedro Valencia, and Rafael Delgado, his sparring partners, with wild punches. We stopped that! We corrected his mistakes and molded him into a professional athlete within a matter of weeks. Boxing is science, and we have around five scientists here at the Pacoima Boxing Gym willing to give to anyone an opportunity to step into the ring, either as an amateur or a professional like Brandon Mendoza," said Marcos Murillo.
Shawn W. Anderson