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Young boxer dreams of a championship

Adan Ortiz is a young man of 21 who trains in boxing and whose career is commendably driven by his longtime trainer, Alfredo Silva.

On Sept. 8, Adan participated in a boxing event in Davenport, Iowa, and as usual, entered the ring with the trademark confidence characteristic of him. He’s well aware his rigorous training keeps him prepared for any opponent he might confront in the ring. In this event, it took only two rounds to get the victory by knocking out his opponent.  

This was his fourth victory as a professional boxer; the previous three matches he won in the first round by knockouts.

Like the majority of athletes, Adan began his training at the very young age of 9 and made his professional debut in March 2012. As an amateur boxer, he has a record of more than 97 bouts, emerging victorious in the majority of them.

Among his many victories, Adan has repeatedly won the Chicago gold and silver gloves. At the regional level, he has been the silver gloves champion. In 2009, he was named No. 2 on the U.S. Amateur Seniors (USAS). He’s been a member of the boxing team representing the U.S. against Great Britain and Italy. He trains rigorously 5 days a week under the tutelage of his trainer, his coach from the very beginning.

Adan’s parents come from the state of Guerrero, Mexico, and are very proud of their Mexican heritage. The family now lives in Sterling and is proud of the success achieved by their son.

This young man, who is the pride of the Latino community, now has his eyes set on someday becoming a world champion. This can be achieved only through hard work and discipline.

We know if he continues to work hard, his dreams for a world title can be achieved.

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