Local boxer wins national tournament

Ramon Acosta recently won the 2021 summer festival national boxing tournament

VICTORIA, Texas– Boxing is a growing sport and a local Victoria athlete is talented and successful.

Ramon Acosta recently won the 2021 summer festival national boxing tournament held in Lubbock from July 7-17.

Acosta and his family took the seven hour trip up to Lubbock to compete in the inaugural championship.

Nearly 3,000 boxers from all around the country gathered to compete for the coveted title. Acosta competed in the elite male category aged 19-up at a weight of 152.

Acosta faced a total of three boxers and won all of them via decision, including the last match which was won unanimously.

Acosta said the past two months have been brutal but worth it.

“It felt good being there competing against boxers all around the country. I had a good two months of hard training, everyday twice a day except for Sunday all the hard work paid off,” said Acosta.

Acosta is now ranked number three in the nation and is looking forward working his way into the professional ring.

Acosta emulates his style of boxing based off some of the biggest names in the sport which include Canelo Alvarez, Oscar de la Hoya and Manny Paquio.

Acosta is now preparing for the U.S.A. National Tournament in December to make the U.S.A. team. Acosta said having his family in his corner is a blessing.

“I’m glad I have my dad as my coach. He wants to see me succeed,” continued Acosta.

Younger brother, Eric Acosta, competed in the tournament alongside his brother who won the title.

Acosta, only 13 years old and already making waves in the sport of boxing. He competed after seeing his brother Ramon win the title a couple days before he did.

Eric competed in the 10- pound weight class and defeated his first opponent via decision.

Although Eric lost in the second round of the tournament, he continued to keep his head up because he had his family around and lost to the number three ranked fighter in the country.

“I needed their support while I was over there, because if I don’t have a trainer it would be difficult for me to fight in any competition or tournament,” said Eric.

Eric has competed in many major tournaments like the Junior Olympics, Golden Gloves, and the National Tournament in Tennessee.

He hopes to win more national tournaments, and continue to grow, eventually turning pro.

Eric looks up to boxers, Canelo Alvarez, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and Manny Paquio.