Report and photos by Felipe Leon
On Friday afternoon, mere steps from the San Diego-Tijuana border, former fighter Sergio “Cero” Sanchez, originally of the boxing hot bed of Los Mochis, MX, invited the Tijuana boxing community to the grand opening of his brand new gym, the Round Zero Box Training Center. Serving as the guest of honor was no other than three time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce and tapped as the Godmother of the affair, two time super bantamweight WBC female champ Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava helped Arce cut the ceremonial grand opening ribbon.
Sanchez, who as a fighter served as a gatekeeper of the super featherweight division to such diverse fighters as Humberto Soto, Gamaliel Diaz and Martin Honorio among others, is now an established trainer in Tijuana with a growing stable of young fighters. Together with his financial backer Dr. Arturo Alvarez, Sanchez decided to throw his hat in the gym business and opened his modern designed gym. Sanchez has also helped many figters as a conditioning coach.
“I am very happy to be here and be a part of this,” Jorge Arce said of the occasion and hinted of his career plans. “I’ve known Sergio since our days as amateurs back in Los Mochis and he has helped me in many of my camps. My career is coming to a close but I hope before I step out of the rings, I can train for a fight here in Tijuana in this gym.”
Jackie Nava, who is in the midst of her training camp for a fight later this year, also spoke to celebrate the occasion.
“I have learned many things from Sergio Sanchez and I hope to do so more in the future,” Nava expressed. “I feel honored to be asked to be a part of the inauguration of the gym and I know that Tijuana will have a world champion come out of this gym.”
Other fighters who made the trek to the third floor of the building where the gym is housed was #1 WBC ranked lightweight Antonio DeMarco, super featherweight Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero, junior welterweight Rogelio Castañeda and Raul “Jibarito Jr. Quirarte, son of two-time world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez who will be making his pro debut on Monday, October 25th.
Sanchez, a man of few words, briefly thanked all those in attendance.