By Kevin C. Rice
Financial and moral support from the Anaheim Police Department has provided coach Art James and Team PunchOut, who represent the Anaheim Boxing Club, with the opportunity to sculpt a group of young, boxing phenoms.
Anaheim Boxing Club is part of the Anaheim Police Department’s Cops 4 Kids program. The boxing program was established to serve
children between the ages of nine and 17 who live or attend school in Anaheim. The goal of the program is to establish positive relationships among youth, police and the community at large.
“This program is great for children in the area,” said coach Art James. “The focus on training and continued support of the Anaheim Police Department and the surrounding community has helped these children grown into respectful young adults, with a bright future in a popular sport.”
Caitlin Orosco, 15, Jonathan Esquivel, 18, have taken to the program with ease. A little natural talent, and years of hard work and training have brought these two Anaheim residents national recognition in the boxing community.
Orosco, the only female in the group of top-notch fighters, has consistently remained a force to be reckoned with. She has already earned a berth to the National Silver Gloves Championships next July, and Orosco will have the opportunity to represent the USA National Junior Olympic Women’s Team in Finland at the end of March, then the Junior Olympic Women’s World Championships in Italy in May.
Esquivel’s potential is just as promising; earning a berth to every national tournament he has entered. Currently, Esquivel is preparing for the USA Nationals, which will be held March 30-April 6. He will be competing in the Elite Male Division of 19-40 year olds under the newly established Olympic rule, which dictates no headgear. Earning a top spot at nationals opens a vast array of possibilities in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Esquivel, was number three nationally ranked Junior Olympic boxer in 2011. After a brief hiatus to focus on academics, he has come back to claim the Southern California District Championships and Most Outstanding Boxer in the Elite Male Division this year.
The Anaheim Boxing club is always looking for sponsorships, and is planning to have a fundraising fight night in November. If you are interested in making a donation to Cops 4 Kids and their efforts with the Anaheim Boxing Club, please contact Gina Meza at (714) 493-4631.