Youth boxer returns with national title

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In what his coach considers the Super Bowl for youth boxing, it was Madera’s 12-year-old Gilbert Mendoza who shined during the recent National Silver Gloves Amateur Boxing Tournament as he brought back a championship to his hometown.

After securing the California State Championship and Western Regional title, Mendoza — weighing in at 75 pounds — went on to claim the 10-11-year-old division crown in Independence, MO.

Mendoza wasn’t alone in his trip to Missouri as 9-year-old Sergio Garcia also qualified for the big-time tournament early in the month that has featured past prominent winners including former professional boxing champions Oscar De La Hoya, “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Pernell Whitaker. 

At 85 pounds, Garcia took second overall in the 8-9-year-old division after winning the California State Championship and Western Regional title in January...

 

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