Three young fighters from Tooele Boxing Club showed off their skills in bouts at the Murray Theater last weekend.
Representing Tooele Boxing were Marcellano Mascarenas, Robert Lavios and Andrew (Boomer) Arellano.
Mascarenas, 17, fought at 135 pounds and improved his record to 4-1 with a knockout. Mascarenas has been training with Tooele Boxing for almost two years, and between boxing and wrestling has become a great fighter.
Lavios, 19, fought his first fight at 140 pounds and lost by decision. He battled hard in his debut fight.
Andrew (Boomer) Arellano, 16, won his first fight in the 115-pound division by a decision.
Trainer Sifu Miguel said these remarkable fighters really showed what they are about in each and every round and in every fight. They showed what it takes to go toe-to-toe in the ring.
Miguel is a three-time world kickboxing champion. He was the North American flyweight champ at 112, and Muay Thai champion at 106 pounds in kickboxing.
Miguel has been in this sport since 1978, and enjoys training the younger generation. He always tells the kids, “if you really want this, you have to be willing to give it all you got. You are willing to eat, sleep, and most of all dream this sport.” He mentioned how happy and proud he was of the fighters and that he could really tell this is what they wanted—the win.
Those who are interested in training can go by M&K Mixed Martial Arts Gym located at 15 S. Main Street. Practices are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Contributed by Delores Montoya