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Tuesday, December 2, 2003

Mendoza earns 2nd trip to state Silver Gloves

Warbirds boxer Aaron Mendoza will be traveling to the Dallas-Fort Worth area this weekend to compete in the State Silver Gloves Tournament, following a victory this past weekend in regional competition at Midland.

Mendoza, fighting at 106 pounds in the 13-14 year old division defeated Jose Lea on Friday in his title bout, said his manager, Roy Juarez.

"He won all three rounds and looked real good," Juarez said. "H bobbed and weaved and threw all the right combinations."

Mendoza advanced to the State Youth Tournament this past May, and advanced to the State Silver Gloves Tournament in Midland a year ago before being eliminated from competition.

Juarez said he wasn't sure how many fights Mendoza would need to win in McKinney this weekend to claim the state title. "It depends on how many teams show up," he said. "I know South Texas and East Texas will be there, so there should be about four or five teams from the state of Texas there.

"The fights start on Friday, and then they have fights Saturday during the day and at night and the finals are on Sunday starting at noon, so he has a chance to fight three or four fights," Juarez said.

While Mendoza will definitely be making the trip this weekend, Juarez said he wasn't sure if he would be going.

"I'll send him to McKinney, but if I can't go, I'll send him with the Odessa team," he said. "Right now we're flat broke, and we've got to pay our way down there and pay our own hotel and our meals."

Juarez said anyone who wanted to help contribute to the cost of the trip could contact Fred Martin at 447-3600.

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