(SEPT 18) Despite the devastation
of the floods here in Colorado and the personal loss and damage
the waters have caused to their Coach Roman Sanchez and his
family home which amount to thousands of dollars for repairs
which will hinder his efforts in running his gym.
A ray of sunshine has appeared in
the like of 3 of his promising young female boxing students,
whom despite everything that has happened in regards to the
floods are on a mission to give their coach and their fellow
peers a much needed positive inspiration of continuing to fight
and work for their dreams out of The Champions Boxing Gym in
These young ladies have dreams of being Olympians and
representing their Country and going to college and maybe being
Pro one day.
The youngest of the three
Aaliyah Salazar, took up boxing in memory of her uncle
former pro boxer Tony Duran.
Aaliyah states “that boxing inspires her, and it’s fun and she
gets great exercise out of it!” Her goals are Olympics and one
day being a Pro like her uncle Tony Duran. Her school friends
think it’s really cool that she can defend herself. Aaliyah
also, states” that winning her first fight was great feeling and
all the hard work pays off and she is looking forward to winning
many more to fulfill her dreams”!
Makayla Saiz, is a
sophomore in High School, who loves boxing as being a stress
relief, and she totally loves the sport and feels a lot of women
should join boxing for the workouts and the building of
self-esteem and confidence. Makayla also feels that just by
doing this hard sport of boxing and trying as a boxer you
deserve a lot of respect for that.
Makayla’s quote of being the ring for the first time was “ It’s
nerve racking but you get over it when you’re in the ring, you
can just feel all the excitement and the rush, and you look over
to the other corner and you see the other girl in the corner and
yes you are scared but once the bell rings it’s the best moment
of your life.”
Makayla’s, goals are: Olympics and a college degree to become a
therapist to work with sexually abused children.
Mericia Quinones, at age
20 loves the sport of boxing and she feels that boxing builds
mental, physical and self-esteem within one’s and it is a very
Mericia’s goals are to continue in college and get her degree’s
in political science and sociology for a double major and one
day become a law student to become an Immigration Lawyer.
She wants help all the minorities, especially the children that
have been impacted by all the Immigration laws.
As for boxing she would love to compete in the Olympics either
represent USA or Mexico due her families roots being from
Durango, Mexico, and maybe become a Pro one day.
The ray of sunshine for Coach
Roman Sanchez & Champion Boxing Gym are bright despite the
personal hardships he and his family are going through right now,
just as many gyms around the country many are looking for
sponsors and donations etc.
We at WBC Cares Colorado have stepped up with a donation to
Coach Roman and his family, and if you’d like to be a part of
helping Coach Sanchez and his family and keeping not only these
three young ladies dreams alive along with 19 other of their
teammates please feel free to donate equipment or funds to:
Champions Boxing LLC. 8520 N. Washington St. Suite A Thornton,
Story & Pictures Submitted by: Stephen Blea & Raylene Carbone
WBC Cares Colorado Members