Boxing In San Jose is Alive And Well

BY: GREG NIEMANN

BY GEORGE JOBB

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The Head coach Jose Manuel Cecena, came to San Jose Del Cabo in 1976 and has 47 professional fights under his belt. Jose has fought throughout Mexico including Tijuana, Jalisco and Guadalajara.

He started boxing at the age of 15 mostly because he was getting in a lot of fights anyway. You may as well learn how to do it properly if that's the case.

Jose currently has 12 students training, five of them have had amateur fights. They train Monday to Friday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the municipal Boxing Club down by the baseball diamond in the San Jose Athletic Park.

It's a solid building with a concrete floor and seats with a high ceiling for good ventilation. It was obviously built to last. The ring is in the center of the floor with heavy bags set up around. It has that meat and potatoes old-school feel.

I spent half an hour talking to Jose about his life and couldn't help but notice that Jose, like most boxers, looked through me rather than at me. Which isn't uncommon when you have thousands of rounds of sparring under your belt.

Usually, there's quite a bit of conditioning and drills when you start boxing.  After a few months of training, you usually start sparring two to three times a week. Amateurs usually do 3/ 3-minute rounds. That works out to 300 to 450 rounds of sparring a year.

It doesn't take long to toughen up. After 1 to 3 years of boxing, you're not the same guy. You become dangerous. You're able to catch or dish out punches as easily as most people throw a ball. It also teaches you how to be a man.

You learn to pick yourself up when you get knocked down, but also how to shake off a bad night and show up the next day or week for more.

Boxing teaches you that respect of yourself and others is earned, not entitled. Like most sports, It requires a lot of conditioning, usually 3 months to get into a routine if you're training 4 or 5 times a week. Then some sort of assessment of yourself is needed. You will have to decide where you are, and where you want to be. The dark space between those two points is where the effort, sweat and pain are, to change who you are now.

I heard a good story a few years ago from an old boxer who had fought professionally back in the late 60s. He was short on rent money when he was asked by a promoter to take a fall in the fourth round of a fight. He agreed to the terms but realized during the fight, he wasn't going to make it to the fourth round. Fortunately, he did manage to run away from his opponent in the second and third rounds without getting disqualified, barely making it into the first minute of the fourth round. Forty years later he still laughs about it as he tells the story. Boxers do have a sense of humor.

The head instructors, Jose's phone number is 624 191 2738, should you think you would like to give it a try, they're open year-round. Also, if you happen to have some 16oz sparring gloves, they're always looking for donations. ,