BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER Inc.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - A boxer can move around the ring with fundamentally sound footwork, and outclass his or her opponent with punching combinations in front of a live audience without trepidation. Sergio "Tarasco" Nunez, 13-2-1, learned to jab, cross, hook, uppercut, overhand, block, pivot, slide, hold, bob and weave long before he reached puberty. "I was inspired by Erik 'El Terrible' Morales, and Marco Antonio Barrera 'The Baby-Faced Assassin' to start training in the gym. In the analog days, we had a black-box, and watched pay-per-view fights for free. In 2001, I started training at the Pacoima Boxing Club, and learned the fundamentals of boxing from volunteers. I must have been eight at the time."
As an amateur boxer, Sergio Nunez, became a four-time USA California Golden Gloves finalist, winning three out of four yearly tournaments, which included winning three belts, and made his professional debut in 2010 against Mike Cross at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Ontario, California. He competed in approximately 60 amateur bouts before he decided it was time to turn pro. "I use to sprint to the bus stop after school, and anxiously wait for the LA Metro bus to arrive. I took the route of line 94 from San Fernando Middle School to Downtown LA. I was just a kid. It was a two hour bus ride, which gave me more than enough time to complete most if not all my homework. My father worked in Downtown LA, and would take me to the Maywood Boxing Club to train. I trained with some the best boxing trainers in the world. For example, Clemente Medina, Manny Robles, and the "Yuka" Morales brothers."
Sergio Nunez yearned to become a professional athlete and trained endlessly as an amateur to turn his dreams into reality. "I opened two amateur bouts on a Golden Boy Promotions undercard. The first fight was at Club Nokia... Golden Boy Promotions would host two amateur bouts before the pro fights commenced, and gave me the opportunity to showcase my skills in front of a large crowd. I won both fights. I was scheduled to fight again on a Golden Boy Promotions undercard, and returned to the gym to prepare for battle. Gary Shaw of Gary Shaw Productions, and Kenneth Thompson of Thompson Boxing Promotions walked inside the gym. Gary They were there to scout two prospects, and I ended up sparring with one of them. Gary, and Kenneth were impressed. They offered me a five year promotional contract. The contract must have been around 30-pages."
Sergio Nunez successfully completed his five year contract with Gary Shaw Productions, and Thompson Boxing Promotions, then negotiated a contract with Fernando Beltran of Promociones Zanfer, a boxing promotion company based in Mexico. "I must have fought at least 8 times for Promociones Zanfer. I don't recall. I got sick in 2014, a licensed medical professional in Mexico informed me that I had an intestinal infection, and should discontinue training until I completely recover. I didn't listen, and continued training more than ever before. I began experiencing memory loss, speech impairment, and balance problems among other symptoms. I terminated my career on 10-31-2015 against Ulises Cervantes at the CUM Aguaprieta in Sonora, Mexico. An American neurologist, recommended I stop boxing, and consider a new career. I thought long and hard about what career I wanted to pursue. Boxing was my bread and butter. My 'team,' my coach, cut-man, sparring partner, manager, etc. abandoned me. I didn't work for almost two years. I was depressed. I thought I was going to fight my entire life, and had everything figured out, but I was wrong. I decided to hit the books, and earn a real estate license."
Sergio Nunez attended Keller Williams Real Estate School in Encino, California, and passed the real estate exam on his third attempt. "I didn't give up! I was trained to never give up! I'm a fighter, ya kmow! I've been knocked down in life, but always managed to get up. I came across an old buddy, and we had lunch. We chopped it up (talked), and he advised that I go to Park Regency Realty to launch my career. I scheduled an appointment with Jesse James, seasonal top producer, and Joe Alexander, president of the office, and the rest is history... I'm blessed! I thank God everyday for everything I have accomplished, and for all the people that he has put into my life. I surround myself with positive and sophisticated people everyday. My mentors Saul Alvarado, and Manuel Escalante, guided me to the path to success in the real estate game. The only time I look back is when I'm turning lanes."
Shawn W. Anderson