Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

mighty-mo.jpgBy Christopher Anderson
Age 11

In this corner, from Long Beach, California, weighing in at 75 pounds and standing 4 feet, 10 inches tall is Moises” Mighty Mo” Orozco.
I interviewed 11-year-old “Mighty Mo” at DG Boxing, located at 5660 E. Pacific Coast Highway. While at the gym, I learned he started his career at the age of eight with the Police Athletic League (PAL) Boxing Program. PAL is one of the programs the City of Long Beach has recommended for elimination. We will know this month if the council members feel the three PAL locations, which past and present participants have said helped them stay out of trouble, should remain in operation. “The PAL coach helps me by working the corner,” said “Mighty Mo.”
“Mighty Mo” runs three to four miles a day and works out two to two-and-a-half hours Monday to Friday. He believes to be a good boxer takes conditioning and training. No special diet is required, just eating healthy. He has two younger sisters, is home schooled and is in the seventh grade. Although he has won 10 championships and is currently ranked the #1 amateur boxer for his class, when asked if he wanted to be a boxer when he grew up, he replied, “No, I want to be a lawyer.”
You have an opportunity to see “Mighty Mo,” the first youth to win the world’s largest amateur boxing tournament three consecutive years, on September 21 at DG Boxing presents Fight Night At the Pyramid. Doors open at noon. Tickets start at $24 and can be purchased online at www.dgboxinggyms.com. For more information call (562) 986-9421.
That is all for this week and remember, “It only takes one to make a difference”!

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