15-Year-Old Wants to Box His Way to The Junior OlympicsPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Only four days separates one fighter from his Olympic dream.
He's the contender at Contenders, the facility at which he trains in Kennewick.
"Gabe has a very unique way of slipping and moving around punches," said Coach Tony Valdez. "We call him the Sly Fox: Gabe the 'Sly Fox' Gallegos because he's very hard to hit."
Gabe Gallegos has been boxing for nearly three years, posting a record of 13-3. Seven of those victories were championship or title fights. This sophomore from Kennewick High recently took home the title, Northwest Regional Champ, all thanks to hardwork at Tony's gym, Contenders.
"He's trained us hard," said Gallegos. "He tells us: This is what you're training for. It makes me want to train harder, just knowing I can be someone great in boxing."
The 15-year-old now heads to Nationals in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina on June 15th. There, He'll need to win four bouts in four days to send him into the Junior Olympic Games in 2012.
"It doesn't frighten me," said Gallegos. "But, it makes me a little bit nervous. But, these couple weeks that are coming I'm training very hard."
"He's got a lot of training to do even yet because you're right, back-to-back-to-back-to-back," said Valdez. "He's got to have endurance. You know he's got to be able to do this every day."
Over the next several weeks, Gallegos will be undergoing his most rigorous training ever at Contender's since he began there when he was 13. All the work is going towards his hope of being a Junior Olympian come June 19th.