Tehachapi's got a new professional boxer and he's already making a knockout.
Making his professional debut on Sept. 27, Neeco Macias followed up an impressive amateur career by winning a one-sided four-round unanimous decision over Francisco Ramirez in the "Path to Glory" in Ontario.
The 22-year-old outscored his opponent 40-36, landing a barrage of punishing blows.
"I was so pumped up I didn't even get tired," Macias said. "It just flew by. Exciting and a real brawl. Most of all it was a great learning experience."
Recently offered a pro contract, Macias' career has consisted of winning the Blue and Gold Nationals, Regional Golden Gloves and the 13th annual Desert Showdown World Amateur Boxing Championships in Indio this past summer, with a career record of 30 wins, 12 by way of knockout and just two losses.
And although fierce in the ring, the humble fighter keeps his goals are simple -- take it one fight at a time and stay undefeated.
"I treat very fight as my biggest fight," he said.
But Necco isn't the only fighter in Tehachapi making a name for himself, 16-year-old Chazz Macias, who has an impressive five-bout winning streak, also brought home a championship belt from the week-long tournament in Indio, which pitted some of the best boxers from around the word against each other.
Both fighters have been on the rise, but not just in the ring, and amid competing and a riparious daily training schedule with Tehachapi's Macias Boxing Team, the pair have also been supporting the community, participating in charity events, including a 5K run in Lancaster in August. Chazz finished 45th out of 235 participants.
The pair are truly dedicated to the sport of boxing finishing their two hour workouts with a daily run of three to five miles.
And for the long term.
"I would like to be the future welterweight or super welterweight champion of the world," Necco Macias said.
Meanwhile, the Macias Boxing Team has been busy recruiting new members and has several young fighters who are putting Tehachapi on the boxing map.
The first is 21-year-old Eric Walters, who won his second fight in the early summer, knocking out his opponent in just the second round.
Five-year-old Angel Castillo, has participated in two exhibition sparring events encouraging youths to participate in boxing, while Jose Pedroza, 15, continues to rise through the ranks, easily defeating his opponent in his last fight.
Finally, 10-year-old Joe Arciga continues to work hard, winning in Bakersfield early this summer and now has 17 fights under his belt, while newest team members, 15-year-old John Jones and 20-year-old Juan Villalobos, are preparing for their debut matches in November.