For Pasadena’s Youngest Boxers, Months of Training on the Line at Saturday’s Villa-Parke Boxing Show

first_img Top of the News More Cool Stuff “I love the sport and I love winning. You have to set goals and have motivation,” said 17-year-old amateur boxer Humberto Robles of Pasadena.Pasadena’s youth amateur boxers will step into the ring and showcase their skills in the bi-annual Villa-Parke Boxing Show this Saturday, putting months of dedication and training on the line for the city to see.Kids from all over the state are making appearances to match up with boxers from Pasadena starting as young as eight. The long standing-boxing program facilitated through the city of Pasadena Human Services & Recreation Department is fully responsible for churning out these young boxers every year.“It’s an opportunity for Pasadena to showcase our kids alongside kids from all over Southern California,” said Fausto De LaTorre, Villa-Parke Community Center’s boxing specialist.Sacrifice and dedication is the name of the game for these young boxers. These Pasadena kids start from nothing and dedicate themselves to eight months of training, six days a week — all building up to get in the ring for their first match.“You start them from ground zero. You have to build them up to build their confidence and with that you give them the Olympic-style boxing skill,” said De LaTorre.De LaTorre will host 20 bouts on Saturday, in which he is hopeful that about ten of his kids will be matched up with opponents and showcased in the ring. This moment alone is what months of preparation has led up to for these kids.“I strive to help these kids feel confident, have self esteem and believe in themselves because this is a sport that you can’t play. It’s not a team sport,” said De LaTorre.De LaTorre, who has been boxing competitively since age nine and is a twenty year veteran within the city boxing program, emphasizes the importance of working one-on-one with every student who comes through the gym, which has an average attendance of fifty to sixty boxers every day.“I want each and every one of them to know that I’m here to help shape them into the boxers they not only want to be, but can be,” explained De LaTorre.For the young boxers, staying focused and loving the challenge fuels their anticipation for their big match.“I love the sport and I love winning. You have to set goals and have motivation,” said 17-year-old amateur boxer Humberto Robles of Pasadena.De LaTorre will also host a Master’s bout this weekend consisting of fighters age forty and older. This match allows boxers who cannot compete and move up the ranks under the USA Boxing guidelines get in the ring and match up with opponents. This is an exciting opportunity for De LaTorre; he says it’s important for the older boxers to continue to strive and to emphasize keeping a healthy lifestyle.The Villa-Parke Boxing Show has become a symbol for much more than entertainment and showcasing in the past years. It has made itself a medium within the city known for bringing the community together and teaching life skills that are sure to stick.“At the end of the day, you’re going to walk out of here with good health, knowing how to defend yourself and most importantly of all, you’ve learned a discipline and character that you can apply in everyday life,” said De LaTorre.The Villa-Parke Boxing Show is a great exhibition of the sport and to see up and coming area contenders. The show will kicks off this Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Villa Parke Recreation Center located at 363 E. Villa Street.There is a $10 suggested donation and children under 12 are free.For more information call (626) 744-6530 or visit ci.pasadena.ca.us/HumanServices. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Lonzo Ball rallies short-handed Lakers past Spurs for 5th straight win

first_imgBall finished with 18 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, two blocked shots and just two turnovers as the Lakers improved to 28-34. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Ball became the first player in Lakers history with 11 assists and also six 3-pointers.“He went from hitting the side of the backboard to he can’t miss now,” forward Julius Randle said.Already without Josh Hart, who underwent hand surgery on Friday, Brandon Ingram was also out against the Spurs. The pain in his strained left hip flexor had not improved overnight.Those unplanned absences, plus the departure of Corey Brewer for Oklahoma City, forced the Lakers to rely on everyone else that much more. Next man up, as the saying goes.“The message to our guys is always when someone goes down, we don’t replace what they do individually,” Walton said. “We replace it as a team.”The result was … not always so great.Six Lakers scored in double figures, led by 25 points from Julius Randle and 21 off the bench by Isaiah Thomas. Caldwell-Pope added 18 points, 13 rebounds and three steals. However, the Lakers clearly missed Ingram’s poise and the ball movement often sputtered. They missed all but two of their first 18 shots and by halftime had committed 11 turnovers.“It wasn’t a pretty game by us by the standards that we want to play at,” said Walton, whose team ended the game on a 25-9 run. “But obviously we’re thrilled about being able to pull that one out.”The clutch 3-point shooting of the Lakers’ point guard is likely to be what is most remembered from this game. Ball is owed at least that, given the criticism he endured early in the season when his shots were not falling.“I’m happy for him that he doesn’t have to (hear) that anymore,” Walton said. “But more importantly it’s nice to see that he’s starting to figure out how to shoot it from that distance in this league, how to get that shot off. Because it helps our team so much when he’s hitting them.”It was, however, far from a solo effort from Ball. Just 24 hours after an airplane carried him from the G-League to center stage, Wear scored seven points and played 13 minutes, coming up with a pair of stops on Rudy Gay.Related Articles PreviousLakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope celebrates a late basket during the fourth quarter of their comeback victory over the Spurs on Saturday night in San Antonio. Caldwell-Pope had 18 points, 13 rebounds and three steals as the Lakers erased a 17-point deficit in a 116-112 win. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) scores against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills, left, is pressured by Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) drives past San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) drives to the basket past San Antonio Spurs forward Kyle Anderson (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) shoots past San Antonio Spurs center Davis Bertans (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, center, shoots over San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) shoots past San Antonio Spurs center Davis Bertans (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton signals to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas (7) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. Los Angeles won 116-112.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol, center, battles Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) and forward Julius Randle, bottom, for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. Los Angeles won 116-112.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol (16) shoots past Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. Los Angeles won 116-112.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)San Antonio Spurs center Joffrey Lauvergne (77) looks to shoot past Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. Los Angeles won 116-112.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol, center, is blocked by Los Angeles Lakers forward Travis Wear, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. Los Angeles won 116-112.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) celebrates after he made a late score to help lift the team past the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. Los Angeles won 116-112.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) celebrates after he made a late score to help lift the team past the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. Los Angeles won 116-112.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) scores past Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. Los Angeles won 116-112.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope celebrates a late basket during the fourth quarter of their comeback victory over the Spurs on Saturday night in San Antonio. Caldwell-Pope had 18 points, 13 rebounds and three steals as the Lakers erased a 17-point deficit in a 116-112 win. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) scores against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)NextShow Caption1 of 18Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle (30) scores against the San Antonio Spurs during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)ExpandSAN ANTONIO – At the end of a four-game trip, the Lakers were down three of the players who had begun the journey with them eight days earlier. A development league veteran who had not appeared in an NBA regular-season game in three years was called into action. And somehow, for the first time in four tries, a four-game winning streak lived to be five.At the center of a sloppy, stunning, satisfying 116-112 victory over the San Antonio Spurs, was Lonzo Ball. Ball, he of the maligned mechanics and enormous expectations, knocked down three 3-pointers in the final three minutes to complete one of the most unexpected wins of the season.The Lakers, after all, had fallen behind by 17 points in the third quarter, and with 6:02 remaining, even Ball could not find a remedy. He bricked a 3-point attempt. But Luke Walton liked the assertiveness by the No. 2 overall draft pick.“Shoot it again,” Walton told him. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSo, after Travis Wear – who? – made a pair of jumpers to cut the lead to five, and after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope knocked down a 3-pointer to cut it to two; after the momentum had swung so violently toward the Lakers that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich earned himself a technical foul; after those things, Ball shot it again.And again.And again.His three 3-pointers, confident if not cocky attempts, in order: pulled the Lakers within one, put the Lakers up one, and, with 42.2 seconds left, pushed the Lakers ahead by three points.“If I’m open I’m going to shoot it,” Ball said. “Helps to have the coach behind me so I appreciate him for that, but I’d probably shoot it regardless.” Lakers’ Brandon Ingram to undergo MRI on Sunday after missing game with groin injury center_img Randle knocked down the two free throws that put the Lakers ahead 105-104 with 1:59 left, their first lead of the game.After Ball gave the Lakers a three-point advantage with 42 seconds left, Caldwell-Pope stripped the Ball from Gay, robbing the Spurs of a possession and allowing the Lakers to milk the clock before Randle drove and scored on a driving hook shot.“Guys made big plays on both ends of the floor,” Thomas said, “and this was a total team effort.”Playing in the very building where the system-first Spurs perfected overcoming injuries with contributions from the collective, the Lakers beat Popovich’s team at its own game. 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