Guadalupe Boxing Club teaches life lessons
     2012-05-04      By Brian Hale    brianhale@geringcitizen.com
Gering boxers Darius Medina and Daniel Cardona prepare for their upcoming bouts. Daniel is new to boxing but says he enjoys it “because it’s something I’ve never done before.” His father and personal trainer, Mark Cardona, says “Daniel likes the challenge and is showing a lot of potential.” 
The City of Scottsbluff and the Guadalupe Center have worked together for years to develop a program helping neighborhood kids stay out of trouble.

In 2000, the Guadalupe Center realized the need for another building to house the growing interest in boxing. The Guadalupe Boxing Club was formed and a new building was erected.

Many key players have been involved in managing and helping the program grow, including Joe Escamilla, who has been heavily involved in helping the youth of our community.

Recently, the Guadalupe Boxing Club hired Bill Green, a professional partner, or case worker for non-state ward children at Region One Behavioral Health in Scottsbluff. Green’s goal is to help children and young adults to harness the power and natural skills they possess and turn it into something positive. He has been with Region One for 12 years.

Green is pleased to be able to combine his motivational skills as a life coach with his marketing background, along with his passion for helping kids with this effort to improve the Guadalupe Boxing Club.

He admits that it’s often a struggle to meet the financial obligations, especially since the club raises its own money.

“There are no handouts in this club. Kids work hard doing their own fundraisers and are heavily involved in many aspects of the club,“ Green said.

He believes that good ‘fighters’ become good citizens if taught the right way. Green treats the boxers just like the professionals, giving them a nickname and theme music. He believes that once he applied the pro atmosphere to the kids, things really took off in the club.

Green was satisfied with the turnout at Best of the West tournament last weekend at the Carpenter Center in Terrytown.

“We had great attendance all day, with probably 350 people there for the main event. It was the first time the event was held there, but we are hoping to keep that a consistent thing,” Green said.

The Guadalupe Boxing Club has made a name for itself, producing several top boxers who have performed extremely well on the national scene.

Coach Alfredo Martinez won the Junior Olympics and has a career record of 165-3. “Having Alfredo here inspires the young aspiring boxers,” Green said. “Any kid that comes through the door should know that they have a chance to make it big.”

Coach Art Medina of Gering has more than 40 professional bouts under his belt and was featured in the main event at Best of the West. His son, Darius Medina, of Gering, boxes at 95 pounds.

Coach Marcello Machado’s son Xuan Machado of Scottsbluff is a two-time Golden Glove champion at 95 pounds. “He’s the best in the region at 95,” Green said. Marcello’s other son, Sacha Machado, is also a multiple Golden Glove winner, boxing at 132 lbs.

Coach Daniel Rogriguez, grew up at Gering Boxing Club and has mixed martial arts (MMA) experience. “It’s great to have MMA experience that Danny brings,” said Green.

Coach Javier Conde is a professional boxer who grew up in the gangs of Los Angeles and completely turned his life around with boxing. “He’s got a great story for our kids. Javier’s a nurse now and living drug free,” Green said.

Great trainers are important, Green added, “but we tell the fighters that your trainer can‘t want it more than you do.”

Green said he’s really excited about the kids they have now, including Omar Pena, who is an up and coming amateur looking to turn pro soon. “Once you see Omar fight, you will remember his name.” He’s done very well against some big names. Jose Reyes, who won the Junior Golden Gloves at 140 pounds, and Sacha Machado, are also looking to turn professional at 19. Nine year-old Diego Gonzales at 60 pounds, is one to watch closely. Coach Alfredo Martinez said, “That kid reminds me of me.” Diego is 7-0 with 5 knockouts in his young career.

For more information about the Guadalupe Boxing Club contact Bill Green at (308) 672-7307.



Kearney boxer Trevin Jones (right) follows through with a hard righten route to defeating his opponent in early action Saturday at the Best of the West boxing event at the Carpenter Center in Terrytown. The main event was a professional exhibition bout between local GBC coach Art Medina and “Red Hot” Rod Frankel from Denver.

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