Young Boxers Fight in Fresno

June 13, 2009 6:55:11 PM PDT
Young boxers from all over Central California are in Fresno Saturday, hoping to make it to the Junior Olympics.This tournament at Central East High School was put on the mayor's gang prevention initiative and featured young fighters as young as eight years old.

Some of the boxers have been training through Fresno's police activities league, and Police Chief Jerry Dyer and City Council Member Cynthia Sterling both cheered the kids on.

The idea is to give children something to do in order to keep them out of trouble and the youngsters say it works.

Isidro Ochoa, 12 years old boxer said, "It keeps me out of trouble. If I wasn't never into boxing I'd be getting in trouble, getting into street fights and everything. But boxing helps me."

12-year-old Isidro Ochoa won his match today, and he's 10 and 3 overall.

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