East Dallas – If you step into the Montoya Boxing Gym, be ready. The word tired isn’t accepted, technique is a must and boxing is in the blood.
“My father was a golden gloves champion in the 60’s,” Michael A. Montoya explains. “I was in the 70’s and 80’s. As well as my brothers. My son was in the 90’s. And now I have my grandson. 4 generations. My sister even fought back in the 70’s.”
This is a serious gym. Where serious contenders have come to train.
“Most recently we had Mikey Garcia,” Michael said. Who’s top 5 in the world.”
“Too Tall Jones,” Anthony Montoya said. “A lot of former [Dallas] Cowboy players.”
“We’ve had Evander Holyfield, come here back when he was making his come back. We’ve had an olympian Louis Yanez,” Michael explains.
The Montoya family also works to get folks off the streets and into boxing gloves to keep them out of trouble.
Michael and Anthony’s father, Jesse A. Montoya, can relate. He was a troubled kid that found his way into a boxing ring.
“I think it can make you a better person. I know it did me,” Jesse explains.
Hey, if you don’t want to go tow to tow with an opponent and get your face smashed in. They offer exercise classes, which is a magnet for the ladies.
“80% are women,” Michael said. “That maybe don’t feel comfortable going to a Gold’s Gym.”
Now the gym is in the limelight in The Undercard. You can catch it on CW 33 Saturday nights at 10pm. Fighters Enver Halili, Thomas Smith, and Marco Vasquez will be followed as they prepare for Fight Night Live on November 22nd at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. They’ll take on fighters from the Maple Ave Boxing Gym. Which is also located in Dallas and profiled on The Undercard.
“We’re very fortunate to be part of the undercard,” Anthony said.
“We have three good fighters that are fighting out of our gym,” Michael said.
“This is going to be my first pro debut,” Thomas Smith said.
“We’ll be ready,” Anthony said.
You can bet they will be. No slackers allowed at the Montoya Boxing Gym.