Robstown Boxing Gym Sends Three Boxers to Silver Gloves National Tournament

ROBSTOWN, Texas – Big things are happening at Gutierrez Boxing Academy in Robstown.

Jesslyn Garcia is the first female boxer from Robstown to qualify for the National Silver Gloves tournament.

The 15-year-old, who is also on the Lady Cotton Pickers basketball team, has only been boxing for four months. Still, she has already won her first four games and is now heading to Missouri for the national final next month.

She’s not afraid to mix it up in the ring.

“I don’t mind hurting myself,” she said. “I know getting punched in the face is part of sports, and I think other girls should get involved in sports as well.”

“Jesslyn is a difficult person,” said her trainer Robert Vela. “She trains with all the boys. You can’t find a lot of 95-pound tough guys like her.”

Adrian Amaya, 15, and Tristan Flores, 9, will join Garcia at the national tournament. This is the first time in 20 years that the Gutierrez Boxing Academy has sent someone to the Silver Gloves final.

“I really like this sport,” said Amaya. “It has become a big part of my life.”

The Gutierrez Boxing Academy has become a home from home for many of the youngsters in Robstown.

“They took away the Boys & Girls Club, so we don’t have a lot of things to do here for the kids,” Vela said. “When I decided to open the gymnasium, it was a place where they could call home, stay off the street, and enter a no-judgment zone. I get a lot of kids who are bullied, so when they come here they are comfortable and able to be themselves to have a place like this in our community is a real blessing.