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Pasco Man Chases Boxing Dream

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Reyes Diaz has trained, worked, and fought for ten years to get this shot. Fresh off winning regionals, the 225-pounder heads to Denver next week for the National Amateur Tournament. If he wins all five of his fights, he'll make the US Olympic team and be in position to compete in the 2012 Olympics.
"I hope to go pro one day, and that would help get me experience for that," he said.
"He has a legitimate shot at winning this thing," said trainer Tony Valdez. "He's won five fights before."
At 25, the clock is ticking. He has already lost a year of training, because he couldn't afford it.
"I couldn't get into the gym because I got laid off," said Diaz."I couldn't concentrate on boxing because I had to look for work. Now that I have a job I'm taking advantage of it and making the best of it."
That job is a far cry from the glitz and glamour he hopes boxing will one day bring. Diaz is a garbage man.
With a wife and daughter at home and a dream he won't quit on, Diaz has worked on a dump truck for two years. Believe it or not, he likes it.
"It's a good work out," he said. "It keeps me in shape. I like the people I work with.
Basically I gotta make money to live and hope I make it.
"This is the ticket," said Diaz, looking at the ring. "The money-maker right here. I got to do it for my family and do it for my myself."
The Contenders Club in Kennewick held a carwash to help raise nearly $500 so Diaz could pay for the trip to Denver.
"That shows the love right there," said Diaz.