With enough medals and trophies to fill a fireplace mantel and hearth, Louie Miranda, 14, of Hesperia and Gio Avila, 9, of Victorville will test their skills with even tougher competition.


The duo, who train in a garage in Hesperia, will compete in the Jr. Olympics District Tournament on April 7-10 in Chino.


"For the last year they've done nothing but just win," said Miranda's father Louie Miranda Sr., who coaches the young fighters.


His son, a stellar student at Hesperia Junior High School, has a record of 25-3 and currently fights at 95 pounds. Avila, who attends Challenger Charter School fights at 55 pounds.


"I don't believe in starving these guys. I don't want to stunt their growth."


Despite his diminutive stature, Avila, also an outstanding student to enjoys math, is quick and smart, according to the coach.


"Gio is a very technical, very smart fighter. He's defensive and fast too."


The older fighter possesses impressive offensive skills.


"Louie's got incredible amount of speed and power," his father said. "He's very, very fast."


Every weekday, the two fighters are trained three hours a day after Miranda gets off from work in Redlands. They also travel to other gyms so they can spar with similarly skilled young fighters.


"It's a lot of training," he said.


If the fighters get past their opponents next weekend, they fight in a western regional event. Afterward they would fight at nationals in Kansas.


"If they win in Kansas then they go to Russia," Miranda said.