There are many ways to get involved with the Jurupa Valley Boxing Club. If you have boxing experience, we'd love to talk with you about helping out with coaching, training and and assistance at boxing tournaments.
If you're not a trained fighter or even an athlete of any kind, you can still help. Adult supervision is always useful. We could use your help with transportation to events, chaperones, office help, and in many other ways.
important thing is to get involved. Just give us
a call and we'll discuss how you can help. Thanks for your
support of our important mission.
These sites provide a lot of useful, educational, and entertaining information about Amateur Boxing.
Ley, "The Boxing Grandma" maintains this entertaining and informative site
which is devoted
to the sport of amateur boxing.
other things, this site helps you locate a boxing gym. It also includes
advice and tips, equipment
and much more.
YCYBA.org - This is the site for the Yuma County Youth Boxing Association, an intervention/prevention program for youth which uses the sport of amateur boxing as an alternative to anti-social behavior.
usaboxingrep.com This web site is a great place to network within the amateur boxing community. It's aimed at everyone who is interested and involved in amateur boxing. Make sure you utilize the discussion boards and ask questions, answer questions, post statements, etc.
USABoxing.org The is the official site for the national governing body for Olympic-style boxing. USABoxing is the United States' member organization of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA)
TitleBoxing.com A great place to shop for boxing equipment and supplies.
excellent source for boxing news, interviews, and events.
The Jurupa Valley Boxing Club exists for one reason . . . to have a positive impact on the lives of the youth of the Greater Riverside, CA community.
the vehicle of organized Amateur Boxing, the
endeavors to instill discipline, self-esteem, improved citizenship, social skills, and health consciousness in the minds and hearts of our valuable local youth. More than anything else, we strive
to channel their energy and
need for social recognition
in positive and healthy directions.
together, we believe that we can make a significant difference
in the lives of our most precious resources - our youth. Explore
the site, learn more
about us, and
with this important mission.
Why use boxing as a prevention and intervention program? We believe that human beings have a fundamental need for positive recognition. All too often, a young person attempts to satisfy this need through unhealthy behaviors, negative associations, and juvenile delinquency. Amateur boxing provides a young person with an outlet - the opportunity to satisfy this basic need in a positive manner. When properly coached and supervised, amateur boxing can be an extremely fulfilling and beneficial experience for our youth, enhancing their sportsmanship, physical and mental conditioning, self-confidence and character.
provide a safe, structured environment to promote discipline, goal-setting
and good health for youth
in an urban setting. To encourage parental commitment to support the ongoing
development of youth-oriented alternatives to gang involvement.
Code of Ethics
The behavior of our athletes, coaches and staff, in and out of the gym, is of the utmost importance to us. It directly reflects on the program and the people involved with it. It is imperative that everyone involved with this program adheres to the values of our program.
Our rules and guidelines, prominently posted in our facility, are based on respect for the gym and the equipment, respect for other people and their property, discipline and focus, safety and civility. Foul language and lack of respectful behavior is strictly forbidden.
About Amateur Boxing
All amateur boxers must be registered with USA Boxing, the governing body for the sport. This non-profit organization sanctions all the amateur boxing events in the country, including, among many others, the National Junior Olympics, the National Sports Festival, the Olympic and Pan American Game Trials. USA Boxing also offers scholarships to deserving boxers.
All officials and referees involved in our program are required to attend certification clinics each year to maintain the highest degree of competency at every level. Coaches in amateur boxing programs are all required to attend certification clinics yearly. They are also required to know basic first aid and CPR.
Is Amateur Boxing Safe? That is one of the most common questions we hear and it's our biggest concern. Amateur boxing ranks 71st among amateur sports for injuries. Sports such as wrestling, diving, gymnastics, and even badminton are ranked above it (with more frequent injuries). There are countless precautions and safety measures taken at every level to protect the athlete.
the more frequently seen professional boxing, amateur boxing is not about
your opponent out. It is more about skill, technique and sportsmanship.
Even the scoring system is different than the professional version of the sport. Amateur boxing is scored on a system where each technically correct punch is worth one point. A good jab scores the same as a hard right hand. A knockdown scores only for the punch or punches that lead to it. Finally, the equipment used in amateur competition must meet rigorous specifications established by USA Boxing.
Jurupa Valley Boxing Club is
largely the work of its creator and director, Mario Perez. Mario
has been involved with Boxing since 1978.
A competitive boxer
for many years in his youth, he has spent the years since as
a boxing assistant and coach. The highlight of his career to date
is the ten years he spent assisting in the development of two professional
world champions. Juan Jose "Dinamita" Estrada became Champion
on May 28, 1988, and Raul "Jibaro" Perez became Champion on
October 29th, 1988. Raul Perez also became the WBA World Champion (at
on July 10th, 1991.
moved to Las Vegas Nevada in 1988 and worked as an assistant to future
hall of Fame Boxing Coach and
Cut Man Miguel Diaz, assisting and preparing dozens of professional
and amateur boxers, including Augie Sanchez, and Akeem Anifowoshe
(from Lagos, Nigeria)
who was 23 - 0 as a pro.
Other staff members of the JVBC include: Maria G. Corona; Ruben Gutierrez, Sr; Phillip Valadez and Edgar Montez.
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Two stories testify to the effectiveness of Amateur Boxing as a positive influence on young people. Read the stories of Juan Jose "Dinamita" Estrada and Raul "Jibaro" Perez.
his boxing career at the tender age seven. He held his first bout at age
eight and went on to win a few National Championship Tournaments and to
represent his country in several international events in Mexico. Ryan
represented the USA in Italy, competing against countries
such as Russia, Hungary and Italy. Ryan graduated from High School
in 2003, and is now attending a Community College, all while continuing
his efforts to clinch a spot on the US Olympic Team at the upcoming Olympic
Trails. Ryan has about 115 bouts
under his belt.
Ruben Gutierrez started his boxing career at age fourteen, and immediately demonstrated great determination and effort to learn quickly and to be ready to compete at regular events. In only one year he competed in 33 events, boxing 16 of those 33, won a National Championship, and, with teammate Ryan Hernandez, represented the USA in events throughout Europe. Ruben graduated from High School in 2003 and is now serving our country in the United States Marine Corp.
Here's Ryan at age seven, after his first boxing match. Notice the medal! He won the tournament for his weight class (70 pounds!). Even then he demonstrated a great left hook and ferocious aggression. But out of the ring you'd never know . . . he's a real gentleman.
Another medal! Here's Ryan after he won the Silver Gloves Tournament in 1996. National Champion in the 112 pound division! Same left hook, same ferocious desire to win, same great smile and winning attitude . . . the smile of the Tiger!
Ryan at his recent High School graduation. He's pictured with proud coach Mario Perez, director of the JVBC. In spite of a busy boxing schedule, he earned great grades and is now continuing his education at a local community college. Ryan continues boxing and is training for the Olympic Trials. Good luck, Ryan!
Ruben working out, building his abdominal muscles. This is typical of the hard work that Ruben demonstrated, day in and day out. He would regularly do 100 or more lifts with the medicine ball, 5 days a week.
Ruben on High School graduation day, June, 2003. He is pictured here with coach Mario Perez, Director of the JVBC. We are very proud of Ruben for the excellent grades that he earned in High School.
Ruben with a group of admiring fans from Italy. Ruben and Ryan were in Italy for several weeks as part of the USA Amateur Boxing team. These young boxers learned to admire Ruben for his hard work and athletic skill. Currently, Ruben serves in the US Marines and will finish boot camp in December, 2003.
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