The Flores brothers, Damian Louis, Andre and Damon, placed first in their respective divisions at the 2019 USA Boxing Junior Olympic Central California Association District Championships on April 6 in Livingston.
“This is the first time all three of them have advanced (to Regionals) at the same time,” father Damian Flores said. “I’m very proud of all of them. They put on a show out there.”
Damian Louis, a seventh-grade student at Cesar Chavez Jr. High in Ceres, won by unanimous decision versus Fresno’s Rey Varela in the 13-14-year-old Intermediate 106-pound division.
“He almost knocked the kid out in the third round. It was impressive. I’m happy for him."Father Damian Flores on son Damian Louis
“He almost knocked the kid out in the third round,” Damian said. “It was impressive. I’m happy for him. He finally stepped up. He doesn’t have to live in the shadows of his brothers. I always knew he could do it. It was up to him to put in the work.”
Damian Louis enjoyed a breakout performance after being banned from playing video games.
“Fortnite was a big distraction,” Damian said. “He was sneaking to play it. He was getting addicted to it. It was like digital crack. I took his PS4 away because I wanted him to be focused.”
Andre, a sixth-grader at La Rosa Elementary School, won by unanimous decision against Jose Medrano of Salinas in the 11-12-year-old Bantamweight 85-pound division.
“Andre controlled the ring,” Damian said. “He was the aggressor.”
Damon, a second-grader at La Rosa, won by default in the 8-year-old Pee-Wee 65-pound division.
Flores placed first at the USA Boxing Western Elite Qualifier & Regional Open Championship the previous week.
“Nobody wanted to fight him,” Damian said. “They know what he did the last few months.”
The Flores brothers will compete at Regionals next month in Livingston.
“I had a vision of this happening,” Damian said. “It happened sooner than expected.”