Community Spotlight: Tony Gonzalez (UCLA Boxing)

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UCLA Boxing Founder and Coach: Tony Gonzalez

Hey everyone, I’ll be putting out a weekly series to highlight some of the trainers, boxers, runners, and other members of our community. This week’s feature is on UCLA Boxing‘s Tony Gonzalez!

UCLA Boxing Head Coach: Tony Gonzalez
Tony Gonzalez (UCLA Boxing)

Community Spotlight – Tony Gonzalez (UCLA Boxing): Tony Gonzalez is the founder and current coach of UCLA Boxing. Tony fought long and hard for UCLA to start up a boxing program in 2011, and has remained committed to the program ever since.

We had a conversation about the formation of UCLA Boxing, how Boxing boosted his confidence, the safety of boxing, his transition to coaching and continuing education, and our influences (Teddy Atlas, Ramon Espada, Coach Mustafa, etc.)

00 – Tony Gonzalez Introduction
01 – How Tony’s Been Keeping Busy During the Pandemic
02 – Tony’s Favorite Boxing Podcast (Teddy Atlas)
03 – Tony’s Coaching Influences and His Coach Ramon Espada
04 – Why Tony Started Boxing and How It Helped his Confidence
05 – On Being Stubborn as a Student
06 – Tony on Why He Decided to Compete, Taking on Everyone, and His Love for Competition
07 – A Coach’s responsibility in protecting the safety of a Fighter
08 – Tony on What he Wished He Knew When He Was Boxing
09 – Tony Gonzalez on Accountability
10 – Fighters Conditioning on Day 1
11 – Tony on Starting UCLA Boxing
12 – Boxings Benefits Beyond Competition (COMBINED)
13 – Tony’s Passion for Teaching
14 – Tony on Running and Maintaining Weight Between Fights
15 – What Tony’s Currently Up To
16 – Tony’s Vision for the Future and Closing Thoughts

Upcoming: I have a list of boxers, coaches, and runners coming up! (Don’t want to spoil anything yet) If you’re interested in being interviewed, please contact me at ian@iancruz.blog.

See our prior Community Spotlight Features here:
7/31/2020: Veronica Cruz (Downtown Yoga Shala)
8/5/2020: Sara Koshfam (Dreamland Boxing)
8/12/2020: Alex Rodriguez (Dreamland Boxing)
8/19/2020: Ali Ahmed (Dreamland Boxing)
8/25/2020: Vicky Zhao (Dreamland Boxing)
9/2/2020: Marlon Fernando (Triniti Fit)
UPCOMING: Bertrand Newsom (Too Legit Fitness)