Hesperia Pride Boxing Club's Jacob Alvarez recently won the men's 165-pound championship at the Desert Showdown Amateur Boxing Championships at the Coachella California Spotlight 29 Casino.


Alvarez, who was hardly touched in the semi-final and final bouts, showed great boxing skills and powerful body attack. He has fought and won at around 180 pounds and holds a victory over this year's 178-pound champion. He is currently fighting at a more natural weight.


Possessing a 6-0 record over the past year, Alvarez has an over all record of 7-1. After a few more amateur bouts he is expected to turn pro in 2010.


"Jacob has all the tools to be an excellent professional," said Coach Al Piccione.


His father Martin and mother Rosa are proud and support him 100 percent. His brother Martin, another fine middleweight, helped him prepare for this tournament with great sparring sessions.


Another promising Hesperia Pride Boxing Club Boxer and Sultana High student Sammy Ramirez went 1-1 in the tournament in the 15- and 16-year-old, 125-pound division, losing to the eventual champion by decision in the semi-final. He is 7-2 overall.


In other Hesperia Pride Boxing Club News, former outstanding Sultana High School athlete and former Southern California Junior Golden Gloves Champion Trarell Burley was hired the past month by former IBF Lightweight boxing champion Julio Dias as a sparring partner for his bout last Friday night on ESPN. Joel Diaz, Julio's brother and trainer and also trainer of WBC junior welter-weight champion, appreciated the excellent work that Trarell gave the former champ. In addition to getting paid, Trarell gained valuable experience. He is expected to turn pro next fall.


Also, Khadaphi Proctor, Hesperia Pride Boxing Club's professional and two-time Desert Showdown Champion 2005 and 2006 -- and the 2006 outstanding boxer of the tournament winner -- on June 26 fought touted amateur, 2008 Olympic team alternate and 10-0 professional Hylon Williams Jr. of Houston, Texas at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tuscon, Ariz. Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes Williams, promoted this card on ESPN Friday night fights. After flooring Williams with a powerful left hook at the end of the first round, the two settled into a great fight. Two judges had the talented Williams winning 57-56. One judge some how had him winning 58-55. These were the only rounds Williams has lost in his pro career.


The decision was not very popular with some fans. If the main event had ended earlier, the bout would have been on national TV. Oscar De La Hoya personally congratulated Proctor on a great fight.


Hesperia Pride Boxing Club welcomes pro boxer Floyd Smith and new coach Al Gomez to help coaches Al Piccione and Dave Viodes.


Hours are noon to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 948-3797.


Hesperia Pride Boxing Club is at 10232 I Ave., Unit 9, Hesperia.