A Who’s Who of Local boxing (A thru Z)

Benjamin Alvarez

25-year-old, 6’3″ tall, Cruiserweight Ben Alvarez (3-0, 3 KOs) of San Diego, Calif. by way of Calgary Canada. Career 2020 – 2021. 

Daniel Andujo

Flyweight (6-3), Career 2016 – 2020, San Diego, Calif.

Mario Angeles

Super Lightweight (3-13-2), Career 2009-2019, San Diego, Calif. Angeles is now 30 years old and works in construction and real estate since coming to the United States. He took up boxing at the most Familiar Boxing Club in San Diego. A quote from his trainer Manny Talancon, “He told me his background in Mexico where he took up karate and Taekwondo. 

Eduardo Baez

Super Bantamweight (19-1-2), Career 2013-2021, Calexico, Calif.

Eric Beach

It’s likely that Eric Beach of Oceanside, Calif. has now hung up the gloves. He used to workout at the now closed Alliance Training Center on 3rd Avenue in Chula Vista, Calif. 

Austin Brooks

Here we see the former USA Amateur Boxing standout Austin Brooks of San Diego, Calif. working out at the City Boxing Gym in San Diego’s Downtown where he got his start. After traveling about the county in search of the best sparring he ended up settling down at The Arena Gym the home of the former USA Olympic Boxing Coach Basheer Abdullah. Then, before you knew On August 2o, 2021 at the Sycuan Casino in El Cajon, Calif., Brooks looked quite impressive as he completely dominated his opponent the undefeated Jesus Torres Beltran 

In this photo we have Austin Brooks (r) and his older brother posing for a photo with their oh-so-proud father, Justin “Big Shot” Brooks.

Gabriel Chacon

Super Featherweight (0-2) Career 2020 – 2021

Angel Chavez

After his knockout victory over Jair Roberto Mendez, we see referee Fernando Renteria (left) raising the arm of the victorious 19-year-old, 6’3″ tall heavyweight Angel Israel Chavez who traveled south from San Jose, Calif. to compete in Tijuana. In his Pro Debut on December 11, 2020, the 208 lb. Chavez stopped the 26-year-old Juan Andres Aldama of Tijuana in the first round.

Anthony “El Nino” Clark

Light Flyweight (11-0, 8 KOs) is a 21-year-old, 5’5” tall light flyweight from San Luis, Arizona who competed in the Imperial Valley towns in USA Amateur Boxing LBC 44 CAL Border competitions. 

Brandon Cruz

Featherweight (6-2), Career 2017-2020, San Diego, Calif.

Antonio DeMarco

Welterweight (33-9-1), Career 2004-2020, Lakeside, Calif.

Juan Carlos Diaz

Welterweight (7-19), Career 2004-2021, Lakeside, Calif.

James “Fresh Prince” Earle, a 24-year-old lightweight, 5’10” tall righty, record 4-0, 3 KOs. Birth place West Chester, Penna., then resident of San Diego who has recently moved. Career 2019 – 2021.

Mulapi Enjani, a 34 year-old featherweight, 5’4″ tall righty, record (7-7-2, 4 KOs). The now 10 plus years resident of San Diego was born in Kigali, Rwanda. Career 2005 – 2011, 2020 – 2021.The highly touted Amateur Angel Juan Estrada began his Pro career at ???? years of age on Thursday evening, June 2, 2005 at the 4th and B venue in Downtown San Diego. His first opponent was the 35-year-old six-fight veteran super lightweight Alex Ariza. -year-old welterweight a lightweight, 5’10” tall righty, record 7-1-1, 4 KOs. Birth place West Chester, Penna., then resident of San Diego who has since moved. Career 2005 – 2011, 2020 – 2021).

Angel Estrada

Welterweight (7-1-1) Career 2005 – 2021, San Diego, Calif.

Angel “Tashiro” Fierro

Lightweight (18-1-1, 14 KOs) ID# 739512, Career 2015 – 2021, San Diego, Calif. by way of Tijuana, B. C., Mexico. He is now 22-years old, 5’7″ tall with a reach of 70″ and is an orthodox fighter who has fought the majority of his fights in Tijuana.

Genaro “El Conde” Gamez

Super Lightweight (10-1, 7 KOs) Career 2016-2021 is a 25-year-old, 5’6″ tall righty from San Diego, Calif. That one dastardly unanimous decision loss was to Luis Feliciano on August 22, 2019 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif. when he was battling it out for the vacant NABF Super Lightweight Title.

Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta

Lightweight (32-3-3, 17 KOs) Career 2003- 2019 is a 33-year-old, 5’7″ tall, southpaw with a 68″ reach, residence San Diego, Calif. by way of Mandaue, Cebu, Philippines. In his last year of competition (2019), he stumbled going 0-1-1

Denis “Drago’s Son” Grachev

Light heavyweight (20-12-1, 11 KOs) Career 2007-2021 is a 6′ tall, righty, with a 69″ reach. Nationality Russian. With his wife and one daughter, a wonderful, future champion ice skater, the now 38-year-old boxer/trainer lives in San Diego, Calif. by way of Chaykovsky, Russia and at present trains both boxers and Muay Thai fighters at the City Boxing Gym in San Diego’s downtown. At present Grachev is in a rut winning just four of his last nine fights.

             At present he’s a full time trainer, but just a few years back Denis Grachev was not only an accomplished boxer but a world renown Muaythai fighter.
             Denis Grachev (left) with Alfonso Lopez (32-4) at their pre-fight weigh-in in Conroe, Texas.
             Here we have Denis and his lovely wife Mia plus daughter celebrating Mom’s birthday. Word has it, it won’t be long before the trio will be celebrating their daughter’s ice skating accomplishments.
        Here we see Denis Grachev being honored with his placement in a collage of outstanding boxers.

Oscar Valdez’s new friend Personal Trainer Luis Mendoza: “I’ve had the privilege of seeing first hand how raw, humble, disciplined and gifted Oscar Valdez is. I’ve helped pro soccer players train, NFL athletes, Olympic sprinters, pro boxers and power lifters but none have comes close to this guy’s work ethic. It has to be our Aztec Warrior blood which allows us Mexicans to bring out everything from within. Valdez’s aggressive style of fighting, he was born with it. He’s a defensive fighter who most certainly isn’t boring. Simple enough, he wins his fights during training. If you’re like him and step into the ring with confidence and trust in your training throughout training camp, you can’t lose. Valdez’s presence is definitely like no other. He’s truly a one of a kind athlete. It was truly an honor to meet him and I’ve truly been blessed, motivated and inspired by him. #NogalesSonora#PuroNogales#CaneloTeam#TeamValdez#TopRank#Sonora#EddyReynoso#SanDiego

Mike Robinson

Heavyweight, is 34-year-old boxer/trainer from the Encinitas Boxing Club who made his Pro debut back on Feb. 7, 2009. He was introduced to boxing at age 15 by Marcus Herrera and now trains out of Encinitas Boxing and Fitness, where he also works as a trainer. Robinson fought as an amateur from 1990 to 1996. 

Alan Sanchez

Sanchez is a 30-year-old welterweight, 5’11” tall orthodox boxer from Fairfield, Calif. by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico with a record of 20-5-1,10 KOs). His promoter is Paco Damian and over the years he has received a lot of assistance from Matchmaker/Trainer Jorge Marron on his ranch in Lakeside, Calif.

Giovani Santillan

Welterweight (26-0, KOs), Career 2012-2021, ID# 612589 This undefeated southpaw is also a very popular Trainer at The Boxing Club in Downtown San Diego, Calif.

Ulises Sierra

Super Middleweight (15-2-2, 9 KOs), Career 2012-2021, ID# 616798 This 6’1′ tall righty has a 72″ reach and works out at The Arena in Point Loma, San Diego, Calif. His father was a standout Professional baseball player and at one time pitched for the San Diego Padres. Things didn’t go well for Sierra in 2020, he lost twice on the road to competition who were undefeated, the 6’1″ tall, 73″ reach Russian Vladimir Shishkin (12-0, 7 KOS) and then another 6’1″ tall, 73″ reach New Yorker Edgar “The Chosen One” Berlanga who is presently (16-0, 16 KOs).

Gerardo Antonio Tapia

Welterweight (1-1), 2011-2019, from Calexico, Calif.

                                                      Our local Who’s Who of Boxing Officials:

Judges: Sergio Lechuga, Alejandro Rochin, Max Zuniga

Referees: Angel Mendez Ramos, 

Fight Doctors: Benjamin Sandoval

Promoters: Borizteca Boxing Promotions promoter Saul Rios, Hall of Fame Boxing Promoter Bobby Dephillipi,  

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