Guadalupe D.F. Gonzalez
David Flores was born on March 20th 1990, in sunny San Diego California. His mother was thrilled to have such a good baby, she knew he was special and just like any new mother she wanted to give him the best of everything. So when David was an infant his mother entered him in his first pageant. His grandfather, Hector Ramos escorted the infant and his mother to their first pageant which was held in Los Angeles California.
It was said that when Hector saw the trophies he pointed to the biggest one and stated, “How are we going to fit that trophy in the Volkswagen?” The competition had not even started, but his grandfather already knew that David would win.
David competed with many other babies that day and he was crowned the winner of “The Gold Coast Pageant” Tiny Tot Division. The trophy did somehow fit in the car, though the windows had to be rolled down all the way home. This was the first trophy David won... It wouldn’t be his last.
As David got older he enjoyed all the fun activities kids his age enjoy. His mother enrolled him in Karate classes when he was 4, and Little League Baseball when he was 5. He played for Chollas Lake Little League for a number of years; his mom Sonia Ramos coached his team many times. In school all of David’s teachers loved him. He was a bright and charming student they would say. When he was promoted from Elementary School he was awarded with the Presidential High Achievement Award one of the highest honors in Elementary School.
By the time he was in Junior High, David had developed a new love; A love for Boxing. One of his favorite boxers & role models was Olympic Gold Medalist Oscar De La Jolla. His mother noticed her son’s new passion and decided that would be ideal. He needed a distraction to keep him from gangs and drugs. So she decided to let him try boxing. He was then enrolled in a boxing gym by the name of ABC (Any Body Can) Youth Boxing, under the instruction of Billy Moore in San Diego, CA. He competed for a number of years as David “Pretty Boy” Flores winning the coveted Silver Gloves Tournament for the State in San Diego, California, and the Regional’s in Los Angeles going all the way to Kansas City in 2002.
Fontana, California, David started boxing with “Fights Boxing Gym” in San Bernardino where he would box for the next 2 years. Over the course of these years David developed into a fine boxer, and was ready to continue his boxing career after High School.
David and his family moved to San Jacinto, California, when he was 17. This is where David would finish High School. Unfortunately, upon moving David found that he was unable to find a boxing gym that would accept him due to his age. Aside from being turned away because of his age; he was almost eighteen, he found that there was a shortage of places young adults could go to for further development or even the resources to help them succeed after high school.
Like so many other teens and young adults David slipped through the cracks. With no direction or future in what he loved David became a teen dad, but he was determined to make a future for his daughter Layla. He took on any job he could find, working as a waiter and doing odd jobs to support his young family.
His mother, as always was there to support her son through these tough times. She encouraged him to go out and compete again in a pageant his youngest sister was competing in. It was last minute but he agreed. To his surprise, and his only, David recaptured his title, and was crowned as Mr. California and Mr. National in the Gold Coast Pageant. His mom, knowing her son could do so much more, had his portfolio submitted to agents in Los Angeles.
Unfortunately David took one job he wished he hadn’t. He ended up like so many young kids these days, doing time in a Correctional Facility State Prison. Calls for jobs began pouring in to his cell phone but it was too late. David took this as a life learning experience and in the hopes of helping other kids who are in his situation, David asked the Lord for guidance. He recalled how it felt to have a purpose, remembering when he was boxing in the gym. David, being the fighter that he is, talked to his family and along with the support of his loving and devoted mother Sonia, he was able to get this boxing gym up and running.
It was a challenge opening the gym while David was away, but his mom did all she could to bring forth a gym dedicated to her oldest son David. A place where kids like David and so many others- (who after high school can’t go to college or don’t have a support group to encourage and lead them forward) -can go to and work hard to achieve their goals. Weather it be for the love of boxing, weight loss for better health or a Safe Haven from the streets, Boxing for Christ will be there for them.
David’s story is far from over, but for now, we end it with the opening of... Boxing For Christ.
... To be continued.
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