Senior Eddie Camacho found boxing his freshman year between other sports and has been training hard ever since. His first sparring partner was former golden gloves champ Jay Rhine, and he occasionally spars with pro-fighter Mario Sierra, or “Juaritoz”.
Eddie’s first official fight was last year in Ulysses, Kansas. “I won by an eight count which is a technical knockout since the kid looked like he was about to drop and wasn’t able to defend himself anymore so the ref stopped it,” says Eddie.
Eddie’s victories don’t come without hard work, though. His training regimine not only has him waking up at 5 a.m. to run and going to the gym four times a week, but he also has to regulate his diet. “One month before a fight, I’ll cut out sweets. The week of the fight, I’ll eat as cleanly as possible in order to feel good… I just recently went back to being a vegetarian, and I’m trying to eat plant-based, so I can have more energy when I fight.”
Most importantly, Eddie glorifies God. Social media posts about his fights can be found under the hashtag “#GodGetsAllTheGlory,” and his attitude will tell you the same. “My coach is a Christian… we always pray right before every match,” says Eddie.
Although Eddie doesn’t plan on continuing boxing after high school, he says that it has made him stronger mentally.
Naomi Boonstra, Student Editor