At age 20, Peralta’s Alexa Garrobo is older than most novice boxers with simply 10 fights to her credit score. Different pursuits – karate, soccer, her training – generally have interceded.
However do not inform her, or her coach, that she’ll be in over her head when she steps into the ring in opposition to Colorado veteran and former nationwide champion Lupe Gutierrez in Denver on Saturday.
“It is a massive problem,” Garrobo acknowledged in a latest interview, upfront of her scheduled bout in opposition to Gutierrez on the Colorado-New Mexico Golden Gloves regionals. A visit to Golden Gloves Nationals (Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aug. 13-20) is at stake. “I simply wish to continue to learn and rising, getting expertise.”
Tony Rosales, Garrobo’s coach, thinks the timing is sweet, provided that Garrobo will probably flip professional before later.
“(Regionals) will certainly present what stage she’s at,” he stated. “She simply fought one other woman (Texas’ Naely Rodriguez) who was ranked fourth within the nation, and Alexa beat her. That was a rematch, and she or he’s overwhelmed her twice.”
Garrobo is 9-1 by these first 10 fights, her solely defeat coming by break up determination on the 2021 Golden Gloves regionals in opposition to Colorado’s Heather Cirka.
The Cirka bout was contested at 132 kilos. Garrobo, who superior to Regionals unopposed on the 2022 New Mexico State Golden Gloves Championships in June, will face Gutierrez at 125 kilos. Rosales intends to ultimately have her marketing campaign at 119.
Garrobo, born in Mexico, got here to the USA together with her dad and mom at age 4 and have become a US citizen two years in the past. After beginning fight sports activities in karate, she left to concentrate on soccer for a time earlier than deciding to focus on boxing.
Now, she’s hooked.
“I like every thing (about it),” she stated. “I like the sport. I just like the drama. If you get in there and also you each choose your pictures, you already know what I imply? It is only a recreation, a chess recreation.”
A person sport, she stated, is extra to her liking than staff sports activities.
“It falls again on you, win or lose,” she stated. “It falls again on you it doesn’t matter what.”
In her pursuit of boxing and a probable professional profession, Garrobo’s finding out greater than the Candy Science. A 2020 Los Lunas Excessive Faculty graduate, she’s in her second 12 months of on-line research at UNM in direction of a hoped-for profession in regulation enforcement.
Rosales likes the best way she lays down the regulation within the ring.
“I believe she might be pretty much as good as Holly Holm, ultimately,” Rosales stated. “I believe she’s a pure.”
A comparability with Holm, the Albuquerque southpaw who gained a number of skilled boxing titles en path to the Worldwide Boxing Corridor of Fame, is the best of reward. (Garrobo is right-handed, although she likes to modify her stance and switch southpaw from time to time.)
The Gutierrez struggle, win or lose, will afford Garrobo a snapshot in time of the place she is and the place she must go. Initially from Sacramento, California, Gutierrez, 23, will compete for Colorado in Denver as a result of she’s a part of the US Military staff based mostly at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs.
Gutierrez is listed on boxrec.com as having 42 novice bouts however would possibly even have twice that many. She gained the 119-pound Elite Division title eventually week’s USA Boxing Junior Olympics and Summer season Boxing Competition in Wichita, Kansas.
“This can be a actual take a look at for (Garrobo), … and hopefully she’ll transfer on to nationals, after which we’ll go from there and hopefully she’ll flip professional,” Rosales stated. “… She needs to be a world champion.”
FAREWELL AND REVENGE: In Wichita, Albuquerque’s Sharahya Moreu stated goodbye to USA Boxing, the nation’s novice governing physique, final week with a victory by unanimous determination over Californian Jaime Betty on the Junior Olympics and Summer season Boxing Competition.
This was an organized bout that came about exterior of the event correct, since each fighters had misplaced their earlier fights at 139 kilos – Moreu by disputed break up determination in opposition to Colorado’s Cirka, Betty in opposition to fellow Californian and eventual champion Daisy Bamberger.
Moreu is more likely to flip professional earlier than the 12 months is out. First, although, she’s scheduled to get one other shot at Cirka on Saturday at Golden Gloves regionals and, with a victory, a visit to GG nationals.
Moreu, 23, has fought in India, Bulgaria and everywhere in the US throughout her novice profession.