Angel Mora listo para el ring
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