Boxing for Christ bantamweight boxer David Navarro, 19, has been invited to compete at the Olympic Trials in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Saturday, Dec. 7, after qualifying in the USA Boxing National Tournament.
The public announcement was made by Boxing for Christ Sonia Ramos during the Nov. 12 Hemet City Council meeting.
Navarro appeared before the council and said, “I’ve been boxing since I was 5 years old. My dream has always been to make it to the Olympics, so here I am now and I’ve come a long way. So far, I have over 150 fights and seven losses. I’ve come a long way and now need the support of the valley.”
The council and audience applauded Navarro for his accomplishment through Boxing in Christ, which is headquartered in San Jacinto.
“What we are asking (the council), we need to get him to Louisiana by Dec.7,” Ramos said. “And we need to raise $4,000 to get his coaches and him to represent the city.
“When he wins, and I say he will win, he will be in the Olympics. For him to accomplish that and to stay away from the gangs and away from drugs and to accomplish what he has done at a young age is really amazing,” Ramos said.
Ramos said it was the first time a local boxer from in Valle Vista has had this opportunity. Boxing for Christ will be going to social media and community organizations to raise the money for Navarro and his coach Salvador Navarro to fly to Lake Charles by Dec. 7.
Boxing for Christ is a nonprofit agency that supports more than 500 young boxers from throughout the valley with the mission to use boxing to promote and provide a safe haven and healthy environment for youth and young adults.
Navarro has competed in matches since 2011 and 2012 when he took firsts in National PAL and National Silver Gloves and Silver Gloves again in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2018, he walked away from the Elite National Championships taking third place and moved on to win as one of this year’s Olympic Trial Qualifiers.
The Boxing for Christ youngsters are able to release aggression in a healthy way along with life skills to help them in their future, according to Ramos. Youngsters from 7 years old and up can train with Boxing for Christ programs with group classes from $20 per month. The Boxing for Christ, gym and boxing ring is located in San Jacinto at 180 Idyllwild Drive. The gym is open Monday through Friday from 3-8 p.m. Call (951) 282-4945 for more information or visit www.boxingforchrist.com.
Fundraising for Navarro’s bid to the Olympic tryouts will be announced soon.
Tony Ault can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.