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Tuesday, May 06 2014 10:03 AM

Boxing gym opens in town

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Marcias Boxing Team, coached by Al Macias, has moved from its original Stallion Springs garage location to a new gym located at 421 N. Green St. Unit H, enlarging their space and capacity to train others.

Macias, who boxed for 11 years as a kid, said he feels it's his job to give back and help kids stay out of trouble by giving them something to do.

"The training and the discipline keeps kids out of trouble," Head Coach Marcis said. "I know it did me." Plus it helps to get them away from the TVs and games helping them to stay in shape.

Macias and his wife Shelly have had their daughter and two boys training as boxers for years. Although their daughter does not go into the competitive ring she often cheers on her brothers Necco, age 17 and Chazz, age 14.

"We decided to open the gym in town to help us be able to reach more kids," Coach Macias said.

In the short time since MBT has opened its doors "in town" they have quickly grown to about 50 members and still have room for more.

"Four of our members are now registered USA Boxing armatures who have been competing at many Southern California competitions," Shelly Macias said.

"Recently, at the Young Champions [bouts] in San Fernando all four of our fighters got matches. We had five wins and one loss upon decision," Head Coach Macias said.

Neeco Macias, better known in the ring as "The Rooster" had his third professional fight in February. He won all of the rounds by decision 40 points to 36 against Victor Altamirano.

"Neeco, as a professional fighter, is now three and zero with one knock-out against a young boxer named Roberto Duran," Coach Macias said, not to be confused with the famous boxer with the same name.

Chazz Macias, who is, according to his coach, headed to the Junior Olympics, "has been on a huge winning streak as he has won 13 out of his last 14 fights," Coach Macias said with a smile.

Training of the MBT boxers includes sparing with other gyms in the surrounding area like Arvin Boxing, Bakersfield Pals and Santos Boxing which helps "to get our unregistered fighters ready for the amateur bouts," Coach Macias said.

"The in-town gym now makes it so we can train men and women, boys and girls of all ages," Coach Macias said. "We are welcoming everyone who wants to get in shape or go a round or two as our training ranges from beginning boxers to pros," Macias added.

"We are also proud to have two officers training for the Battle of the Badges in May," Shelly said.

Stop by the new 421 N. Green St. location or give Head Coach Macias a call to find out more, 823-8140.

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