BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
PACOIMA, CALIFORNIA - A 13-year-old boy had a dream to come to America, and make something out of himself. And that he did. Fidel Briseno left Mexico for the United States, and hasn't looked back since. As a kid, he boxed as an amateur, training with his coach, Bob King, straight out of Central City Boxing Club in Los Angeles, California, and maintained a positive perspective on life in the big city. "There are a number of things kids can get themselves into to windup in the back seat of a cop car, and off to juvenile hall, but I chose a local boxing gym as an after school program. It helped me stay out of trouble, especially here in Los Angeles, are you kidding me?" Fidel Briseno said with confidence.
Fidel fought five professional bouts before his boxing career came to a halt due to a construction injury, and decided to teach kids how to box in his spare time. It worked. He helped a kid named Miguel Espino Jr. win the National Silver Gloves in the State of Kansas, and finish in second place in the exact tournament the following year. As a professional, Miguel Espino Jr., fought for the WBO, WBC, and Ring Magazine titles against Kelly Pavlik on December 19, 2009 at the Beeghly Physical Education Center in Youngstown, Ohio.
Fidel has mentored a number of kids, and persuaded them to achieve their goals outside of the ring. Fidel, "El Terremoto," and his lifetime friend, Joe Dixon, now, Park Director, at David M. Gonzalez Park, persuaded local politicians, such as, Alex Padilla, then City Councilman, to open a boxing gym in Pacoima, California, and place it under their supervision to help troubled kids focus on something other than crime. "I am telling you! Whether you are rich, or poor, your kids can wind up in the same courthouse. Why not pressure them into an after school program like computer literacy, English, Spanish, creative writing, arts and crafts, or even boxing," Fidel firmly noted.
The Pacoima Boxing Club is open every week night to the public, and kids must be eight or older to participate. There is no cover charge. However, Fidel and his staff expect everyone to respect the gym's rules - One: meet, and greet politely; Two: take turns using the equipment; Three: make friends; Four: give and receive compliments; Five: Get good grades in school; Six: report bullying to your teacher, coach, or parent; Seven: Respect your parents, and coaches. These seven basic principles have worked wonders in these kids lives, helping them day-to-day to become outstanding students inside, and outside of the ring.
As the former Vice President, and Junior Olympic Coordinator of the USA Southern California Association with decades of experience, Fidel has truly impacted many children's lives. With the aid of generous sponsors and philanthropic donations, he has flown some of the best athletes from California to compete in international events, such as, Tahiti, and New Zealand for sanctioned competitions. Fidel and his staff members, including Coach Trinidad "Trini" Luciano, and Coach Marcos Murillo have accomplished many goals in their amateur boxing careers. "We are proud to work with the most deserving amateur boxers at Pacoima Boxing Club, who are the ones who show up on time, diet, get good grades, and respect their parents and the art of boxing. Nothing comes easy in this gym," Fidel boldly confirmed.
"Ask Emilio Sanchez! Nothing happens over night! That boy was in here six days a week! He was the first one to arrive, and the last one to leave our gym! Now, he has a professional record of 15 wins with 10 knockouts, and zero, and I mean zero losses! He is with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, but check this out, this is where he started! At Pacoima Boxing Club!" Fidel Briseno shrugs his shoulders, and laughs. "It's true!"
Saul Sanchez was unavailable for comment, but his father, Jo Sanchez said, "Saul has six wins, and four knockouts. No losses!"
Pacoima Boxing Club
Phone · (818) 899-1950 · Address · 10943 Herrick Ave Pacoima, California 91331
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