BBA’s Andrea Medina will Compete in the 2015 Junior Open and Youth National Championships

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Andrea Medina will compete in the third edition of the Junior Open and Youth National Championships will take place January 5-9 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. Over 300 athletes have registered for the event. The champions, in each weight category, from the Youth Nationals Championships & Junior Team Open (Reno, Nevada  January 4-10) will be named to the 2015 U.S. Junior and Youth National Teams. The Junior and Youth National Teams may attend the following events: Youth Females  Youth Female World Championships, May 14 - 24, 2015  Taipei, Taiwan Youth Males  Youth Continental Championships, TBD Junior Females  Junior Female World Championships, May 14 - 24, 2015  Taipei, Taiwan Junior Males Junior Male World Championships, September 2--‐13, 2015  St. Petersburg, Russia Please note: the above events are subject to change per the international competitions calendar. Additional events and camps may be possible for each team. Replacement athlete procedures: In the case a champion of the Youth Nationals Junior Team Open cannot attend a National Team Event, the runner up, in each weight category, from the Youth Nationals Junior Team Open will serve as the replacement athlete for the particular competition. If the runner up cannot attend a National Team Event, the third place finisher, in each weight category, from the Youth Nationals Junior Team Open will serve as the replacement athlete for the particular competition. This continues until there are no more athletes to select from. Note: The third place athlete is considered the athlete who loses to the champion.

Amateur Boxing is SAFE

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Amateur Boxing is Safe

The safety of amateur boxing has been well documented.  The 1998 National Safety Council ranked boxing 71st in sports injuries, well below mainstream sports like wrestling, football, baseball, soccer and even bowling.  Most of the negative publicity about the sport is centered around professional boxing, which in fact is much different than amateur boxing.                 No other amateur sport takes more precautions in regards to safety than amateur boxing.  Amateur boxers must receive a physical examination before and after each competition and special protective equipment is mandatory for each competition.  The primary objective of all amateur referees is the safety of the boxers.  In addition, all competition gloves and headgear contain an exact combination of shock-absorbent foams to reduce the impact of the blow.  Every possible precaution is taken to make amateur boxing safe. Amateur boxing is a sport that rewards technical proficiency and the use of athleticism rather than the power of administering pain.  For instance, the focus of amateur boxing is established on a point system where each technically correct punch is worth one point.  Knockdowns are also worth just one point.  The goal of each boxer is to score as many cumulative punches as possible, not take unnecessary punches in order to deliver one hard punch Amateur boxing is not about knocking your opponent out, in fact less than one percent of all amateur boxing contests end in that fashion.                The safety guidelines in amateur boxing compared to other sports makes amateur boxing seem rather tame.  Over 20% of all high school players suffer at least one concussion per season.  This represents over 450,000 concussions annually and usually 10 – 15 deaths in high school football alone.  Baseball is not far behind in that it has the distinction of having the highest fatality rate among all sports for children aged 5 – 14. There are inevitable risks involved in any sport or activity, especially if the proper safety precautions are not established and adhered to.  That is why amateur boxing’s governing body, USA Boxing, places such an ordinate amount of importance on following strict guidelines for safety in training and competition. For example, in tracking eight years of amateur boxing competition in the National Silver Gloves program for ages 8 – 15, which involved over 2,700 youngsters who boxed over 2,000 bouts and competed for nearly 6,000 rounds, not one significant injury was reported or required emergency medical care.  That translates to eight years and no injuries.  Compare that statistic to one season of high school football and it is surprising to say the least. Resources: John Brown

Mercito Gesta big hit at Bound Boxing’s Grand Opening

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On Saturday, with the help of family, friends plus a top ten ranked lightweight boxer, a brand spanking new boxing gym opened its doors at 457 Broadway in Chula Vista, three short blocks from the Chula Vista Shopping Center. The owner of this 3,000 square foot facility is Juan Medina Jr., a gentleman who has been around Amateur and Pro boxing ever since he was 16. Over the years, Medina’s two biggest backers/mentors have been Attorney/Boxing Trainer/ex-boxing sensation David Gutierrez and his father, trainer Max Gutierrez of the Gutierrez Boxing Gym in South San Diego. If you were to ask boxing promoters and/or boxing scribes to name the best trainers in Southern California, those two names would always be in the mix. In 2004, David Gutierrez was selected as Assistant Coach to the Olympic Qualifiers in Brazil. He’s worked with professionals such as 2004 Olympian Vicente Escobedo, James Parison, Anthony Salcido, Eddie Sanchez and numerous amateur champions. Whenever Medina has had a chance, he’s been right there working side by side with this prominent duo helping to train the long list of top amateurs and professionals. Like his mentors, Medina has learned the hard way by putting in the long hours, either by competing in the ring or being an apprentice coach under the watchful eye of the elder Max Gutierrez. At the same time, he’s become well connected within the industry through his boxing equipment supply company, Bound As they say: Dreams become a reality. Now that the Bound Boxing Gym doors have opened, Medina’s dream of having a gym to help local youth in boxing and outside of it as well, has come to fruition. As an incentive for youngsters to learn the necessary discipline of the sport and continue their education to become productive people in the community, he’s planning to incorporate various motivational themes for the youngsters to succeed. For instance, whoever keeps an “A” average throughout the semester and has perfect attendance, he plans to give them a free pair of gloves. He feels duty bound to have our local youth realize the importance of a higher education. The meaning of the name on the door, “Bound Boxing”? Medina feels if you are relentless, determined, eventually you’re bound to be a success. The Medina family wants to thank everyone who came out on Saturday to support their Grand Opening. That, “Thank you!” goes double for one of the most recognized names in the sport, Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta who showed up at no charge with his full entourage – father, Anecito Gesta, friends, training crew, coach Vince Parra, and brought along his WBC Latino Lightweight championship belt. The 24 year-old lightweight/super lightweight is currently ranked in the top 10 by two world ranking organizations. The International Boxing Federation has him at #10 and the World Boxing Association has him at #6. In the previous week, Gesta was in Las Vegas on August 3, 2012 to defeat Ty Barnett and thereby improve his record to 26-0-1, 14 KOs.  The fight was aired on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. Gesta, a San Diegan for six plus years, lives in the East Lake. He broke into the combat sports as a kick boxer and mixed martial artist thanks to his father, Anecito Gesta, who was a pro Muay Thai and MMA fighter in the Philippines.