LuisJoe Ybarra Jr., 11, a sixth grader at Sproul Junior High in Security, won his division at the Silver Glove Regional Championship Tournament held Jan. 3rd thru the 6th in Pasadena, CA
He is the son of Luis and Rosalia Ybarra. which boxes out of Ybarra’s Boxing Club in Widefield which is owned by his father
He won the Colorado Silver Glove competition in November and represented the state in Region 8. He competed in the 11-year-old 85lbs Junior Division. Boxers were from several states including Hawaii, Utah, New Mexico, California, Arizona and Nevada.
“It was some hard competition, because everybody wants to be the champion and nobody wants to lose,” said Luisjoe. I mean you box some of the best boxers, champion to champion from these other states. There are times that you have to ask yourself, do I really want to be here, because you train so hard and to come up short really hurts. I know I’ve been there. “Now all I can do is keep training for the National Silver Gloves Tournament, which will be held Jan. 30-Feb. 2 in Independence, MO. he concluded.
Luis said. “We would like to recognize Kyara Velez who won the state silver gloves in the 11-year-old, 100lbs female division but did not get to go to the regional because her father had just returned from Afghanistan and she wanted to spend Christmas time with her father and family in San Antonio TX.
“Ybarras Boxing Club would like to thank McDonald’s, L&S Enterprise and Leanels Carniceria, and Colorado Country Motors for all their sponsorship support.”
Ybarra is also organizing and will be hosting the first-ever Pikes Peak International Championships May 30-June 1 at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium where you will get to see top amateur boxers from all around the world,” Luis said.
For more information about Ybarra’s Boxing Club, call 237-6982, visit www.ybarrasboxingclub.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.