Family puts their gloves up when chasing the American Dream
A Victoria family achieves multiple titles as they compete internationally in the boxing ring
VICTORIA, Texas- The sport of boxing goes farther than any gym or boxing ring. It’s a complete family affair. From generation to generation, the Acostas are no strangers to titles, success, but overall achieving the American dream.
Ramon Acosta, Sr. says, “You know, I only had planned to come here for one or two years, but then I went back, met my wife, got married, and searched for a better life in California.” But Acosta Sr. wasn’t always the teacher. From his Mexican roots, in the small town of Los Lobos, Guanajuato, he left and began boxing in the L.A area.
He explains, “A friend of mine invited me, I knew nothing about boxing, but I started making friends there, and I started to love the training. I never really trained for anything, and I just stuck to it, I got attached to boxing.”
As a champion of golden gloves life as a dad became a priority.
“Well I always wanted to have a boy so that he could be a boxer, I had two daughters then came Ramon Jr. and Eric,” explains Acosta, Sr.
At the young age of nine, Ramon, Jr. began wrapping up his hands and tightening up the gloves.
When asked what it meant to have his dad as coach, he says, “It means a lot to me because he’s always there for me so he can push me whenever I’m not training good. So he allows me to stay focused and just do boxing, so he’s a lot of support.”
An immigrant father, with goals and aspirations for his four children, the awards in the shelves have taken hours of dedication to make a clear path for his boxing proteges.
“I always encourage anyone that’s just coming from over there with kids, to put them in a sport, if it’s boxing, perfect one day they can win metals, but really, anything to keep them out of trouble,” says Acosta, Sr.
Ramon Jr., now 19, has competed internationally with endless awards and titles to his name. Most recently, travelling back to Mexico to compete for a chance at the 2020 Olympics.
“I fought three times, I lost in the semi finals. Over there it’s a different experience, because over there you don’t use head gear, so you feel the punches more, but I liked it. It can prepare me for the pro level.”
The youngest, Eric, at only 12 years old is in place to follow the footsteps of his big brother and dad.
“I want to accomplish [a lot] to be like a pro-champion fighter and be better than all the pro fighters now, like a famous person like Canelo, and be better than him and I just want to be a champion,” says Eric Acosta, the youngest in the family.
Both brothers train six days a week, dad says if the gloves could speak they’d speak on all the dedication his boys have.
“Instead of speaking about racism or criticizing immigrants, you’re wrong- support them, those who want to do better and succeed in this country alongside everyone else and support the future generation,” adds Acosta, Sr.
“He’s been helping me throughout my part of my life to train harder and push through everything,” Eric Acosta shares.
2020 will be filled with training and hopefully participate in more competitions nationwide.