An­gel Mora listo para el ring

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Like many kids his age, nine­teen-year old An­gel Mora’s life is a bal­anc­ing act. When he’s not at school, do­ing home­work or work­ing along­side his dad, you’ll find him at King Street Box­ing Gym. Seven days a week, two-hours a day, Mora puts in his time pound­ing the heavy bags, skip­ping rope and pur­su­ing his pas­sion.

“I’ve been box­ing for al­most six years,” he said. “I like the tech­nique of it. Box­ing is real clean. To me, it’s like an art.”

Mora’s mom signed him up for Taek­wondo when he was seven. He even­tu­ally earned a first-de­gree black belt in the sport.

“She knew I al­ways liked to fight,” he laughed. “I would al­ways fight my sib­lings, so she made me join up.”

Mora orig­i­nally thought he’d like to com­pete in mixed mar­tial arts or MMA, a com­bat sport that com­bines tech­niques from a num­ber of sports, in­clud­ing box­ing, wrestling, and ju­jitsu. How­ever, a trainer from King Street con­vinced him to try am­a­teur box­ing.

“Back then my par­ents owned a Mex­i­can restau­rant near 21st & Gar­nett. There was a trainer who would come in all the time,” Mora ex­plained. “I would wear my taek­wondo uni­form to the restau­rant af­ter prac­tice, and he kept telling me to join the gym. Even­tu­ally, I gave it a try, and I loved it. Ever since then, I go in ev­ery day.”

Mora would like to turn pro at some point, but first he wants to get a few more am­a­teur fights un­der his belt. He’s plan­ning to com­pete Nov. 17 at the En­gine Room Fight Night V at Tulsa’s Green­wood Cul­tural Cen­ter and then at the Oklahoma State Golden Gloves Tour­na­ment in Jan­uary.

“I know I have the tal­ent and the heart to do it,” he said. “I want to keep push­ing my­self and see where it can go.” For more in­for­ma­tion on En­gine Room Fight Night V, visit www.en­gine­room­box­ing.com. ENGLISH

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