Friday, October 12, 2007

Luis Yanez - Light Flyweight on U.S. Olympic Boxing Team

Luis Yanez is a U.S. Olympic Boxer in the light flyweight class. He is 5’ 3” and 106 pounds.

Born October 25, 1988, Yanez has four sisters and a younger brother. His parents are divorced, and he lives with his father, Bulmaro Yanez.

He began boxing in 1997 at age 8. He has been trained by Hector Beltran, a professional boxer.

His training regimen includes five days each week of running four miles and doing 400 push-ups and 400 sit-ups.

In 2005, he became the youngest person to ever win silver at the Cadet World Championships.

2006 was a big year, as he became the National Golden Gloves Champion and the Under-19 National Champion. He also took Bronze at the Junior World Championships.

In 2006, he was asked to move to Colorado for Olympic boxing training, but decided to remain in his hometown of Duncanville, Texas, so he could attend high school.

In September, Yanez was selected as co-captain of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team.

The international qualifiers for the U.S. Olympic Team will run from October 23 through November 3 in Chicago. If Yanez finishes in the top eight in his division, he will be guaranteed a trip to the Beijing in 2008.

Yanez has described fighting in the Olympics as “a dream come true.”


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