Hector Rocha: April 5, 2021 - August 15, 2021

A founding father of boxing in Houston, Texas, Rocha dedicated over 60 years of his life to boxing.

A trailblazer of boxing in Houston, Texas, Hector Rocha dedicated over sixty years of his life to boxing, with at least forty of those years spent teaching, coaching, managing, and mentoring the youth and young adults of Houston’s North Side.

Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, coach Rocha made Houston his home and was a staple of the boxing scene in the area since the early seventies.
His approach to boxing was centered on teaching discipline, conditioning, and the basics, and always with an eye on a professional career for his fighters.

In fact Rocha was able to take boxer Pascual Aranda from starting his pro career with little to no amateur experience, to challenging then WBA featherweight champion Antonio Esparragoza for the world title in July of 1987.

Aranda would be unsuccessful in that fight, but his spirited effort gave his hometown crowd much to be proud of that day at the Las Americas Arena in Houston, Texas.

Mr. Rocha was active in boxing virtually until the end of his life, working his last bout on March 7, 2022 at Constellation Field in Sugarland, Texas, on a Force Train Promotions card.

As was his custom, he brought a fighter in Cesar Ochoa that was ready to fight.

Ochoa gave up a significant size and weight advantage to rising Houston prospect Rafael “Tiger” Medina, but still gave as good as he got.

The four round slugfest had the Constellation Field fans on their feet, as both boxers threw caution to the wind and attacked each other with a fierce intensity.

Medina ultimately won a majority decision, but the one judge that scored the bout a draw (Clarence Broze) seemed to be much more on point than the other two judges, who had Medina winning by scores that weren’t indicative of the close fought battle that the two warriors treated the crowd to that night.

Tiger Medina vs Cesar Ochoa

Many former students and friends took to social media to share stories of their experiences with Rocha, as the Houston boxing community mourns the loss of another one of their premier boxing coaches/personalities.

Angel Rodriguez: (pro boxer)

“Rocha was around for a long time, he’s the one who initially turned me pro. He was always in good spirits.
I have to say. His pride and joy was Pascual Aranda, who he trained and got a title shot with.They lost by K.O in the 10th I believe.
He use to show me videos of that fight. The old man always had that dream within him to make a world champion.
Now that I think back on his life the real Champ was him because of how he dedicated himself to the sport and to his fighters.
During training he always motivated us with his words and good spirit.
A very cool old timer, he was fun to be around. Never a dull moment, always laughing and joking about everything. He had a young heart until the end. I think boxing kept him young.
I’m very sad to hear of his passing. Especially because of this Covid bullshit.”

Tomas Ortiz and Coach Hector Rocha

Tomas Ortiz: (former pro boxer and owner of A’s Boxing and Fitness)

“The boxing community lost a great man. Anyone who ever met him knows he was quite special.
His personality was unique.
Rocha always called it like he saw it and was not one to sugarcoat things.
So, when he praised you or gave you a compliment, you knew it was real.
It was a privilege to have known him. He will be missed. R.I.P coach Rocha”

Noe Lopez and Coach Hector Rocha

Noe “Skinny Boy” Lopez: (pro boxer)

Man, I don’t even know what to say. This man took me in at his boxing gym when he didn’t wanna deal with any kids anymore.
Taught me the best discipline ever in boxing
This man believed in me like nobody else.
You couldn’t tell him I wasn’t gonna be a world champ.
It really hurt me today when I got the news, and Houston boxing took another big hit man.
Next weekend I will be fighting for my old man Hector Rocha, so just know we coming with everything.
Love ya old man … Rest In Peace ….. and don’t bug Mr Savannah up there. ”

Diana Leon: (President of The Gulf Local Boxing Chapter)

“We are saddened and heart broken at the loss of another great coach, Hector Rocha.
The Gulf boxing family has many great memories that will always stay in our hearts. Our prayers go out to the Rocha family and boxing community. He will always remembered.”

Longtime Texas Boxing Official Robert “Bobby” Gonzalez Passes Away June 30, 2021

Robert “Bobby” Gonzalez grew up in Houston’s Barrio Magnolia, and graduated from Milby High School.
He first became involved in boxing in 1962 as an amateur boxer, training and fighting out of The Magnolia Y.W.C.A.

Robert “Bobby” Gonzalez
January 10, 2022 - June 30, 2021

From 1981 through 2017, he worked with The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Combative Sports Division) as a professional referee and judge.
In his career he worked everything from local four round bouts, to world championship bouts that included many great local boxers, as well as some of the biggest names in boxing in the last forty years.

Referee Robert “Bobby” Gonzalez with Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez

Gonzalez was involved as a referee and judge in bouts that featured many great boxers including, Jesse Benavides, James Pipps, Jorge “Maromero Paez, Stevie Cruz, Orlando Canizalez, Billy Hardy, Jesse James Leija, Steve McCroy, Henry Maske, Chris Henry, Irene Pacheco, Rocky Juarez, Juan Diaz, Raul Marquez, Mark Johnson, Rafael Marquez, Danny Jacobs, Jermell Charlo, George Foreman, Regis Prograis, Michael Nunn, Larry Holmes, James Toney, Jorge Arce, Erik Morales, and many more!


Friday, December 15,2021
Grand Plaza Hotel
Houston, Texas, USA
Top Rank Boxing
TV: Telefutura

Welter: Jesus Soto Caras RTD 6 Luciano Perez

Super Middle: Jesus Gonzalez UD 8 Darnell Boone

Super Middle: Austin Trout KO 2 Cardyl Finley

Super Feather: Benjamin Flores UD 6 Steve Trumble

Middle: Chase Shields UD 6 Joshua Smith

Super Fly: Johnathan Velardez KO 1 Pedro Silva

Super Feather: Brian Ramirez KO 1 Josh Lyons

Welter: John Rarden UD 4 Lee Deleon

Heavy: Eugene Hill KO 1 Willie White

A’s Boxing and Fitness

8504 South Loop East, Houston, Texas, 77017

A’s Boxing and Fitness
8504 South Loop East
Houston, Texas 77017

Thomas Ortiz
pro record 4-1 with 2 KO’s

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8-9:20 am adults
9:30-10:30 am kids
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Silva’s Boxing Gym

9700 Almeda Genoa #203, Houston, Texas, 77075

Silva’s Boxing Gym
9700 Almeda Genoa #203
Houston, Texas 77075
Regular Hours 5-9 pm Mon-Fri
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Roberto Silva Jr.
10-2 pro record with 7 KO’s

Ulysses Boulware vs Rollin Williams

February 25, 1991, Holiday Inn @ Hobby Airport, Houston, Texas

February 25, 2022
Holiday Inn at Hobby Airport
Houston, Texas, USA

Main Event: Jesse James Leija W10 Mark Fernandez
Co-Main: Ulysses Boulware W10 Rollin Williams

Derwin Richards W6 Melvin Wynn
Thomas Tate KO2 James Stokes
Juan Baldwin TKO2 Gary Spencer
Richard Jackson TKO2 Gary Butler
Tony Snow W4 Gregorio Ibarra

“They wanna fight easy fights, but then when it comes to the tough fights, they can’t win them because they don’t have the experience.” Melvin Dennis

Melvin Dennis was known as one of the toughest boxers in the world in his time and he is currently one of the most knowledgeable coaches in the world today. Well versed and schooled in the science and art of boxing as well as the business of boxing, Mr. Dennis is a virtual living encyclopedia in the sweet science.

In an exclusive Clutch City Boxing interview, he shared his opinion on the the difference between fighters in his day and most fighters in the current world of boxing.

” The biggest difference is, in boxing nowadays, everybody is trying to jockey for a win for their fighters. They don’t wanna fight the best, they don’t wanna fight ones that are in their league, they wanna fight guys with one leg, one arm. They wanna fight easy fights, but then when it comes to the tough fights, they can’t win them because they don’t have the experience. In my day we didn’t skip over anybody, we fought any and everybody, no matter how good or how bad they were, we fought them, that’s what it was all about.

My trainer and my manager, they had the confidence in me, to put me in any fight. They would come to me and say, “What you think about it?” and I would say, ” I’m ready” and they knew I was ready, so we took em, and we fought em.

A lot of the fights I had I didn’t get the decision, especially overseas. I beat a lot of guys overseas, in different places and other states, I didn’t get the decision but I won the fight”

Rafael “Tiger” Medina

  • Lives in: Houston, Texas
  • Weight Class: 154 pounds. Super-Welterweight/ Junior Middleweight
  • Coach: Rafael Medina Sr
  • Club Affiliation: Clutch City Boxing
  • Amateur Record: 120 wins 20 loses

How did you get involved in boxing?

I was a chubby kid and my father began training me in boxing at the age of 7 to get me in shape. The training was a wake up call but at the same time I loved it. At the age of 8, I began boxing as an amateur and as the years go on I find myself falling more and more in love with the art of boxing.

What do you like most about boxing?

I honestly don’t believe there is anything to dislike about boxing. It allows me to improve my health, satisfy my competitive nature, test my limits, and bond with my father all at the same time.

What are your goals inside and outside of the ring?

To become a world champion and live a long, happy life alongside my loved ones.

Pre-fight ritual?

Relax, listen to music and pray, it’s just another day to me at this point.

What is your greatest strength in the ring?

Having 13 years of experience , I find it easy to adjust to awkward and difficult situations.

Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

My father, because he has always been an amazing, hard working, tough, role model, while still showing that loving side a dad should. Truly everything I strive to be when it comes to being a man.

Did you ever play any other sports?

Not much other than swimming and running, although I do enjoy watching most contact sports.

Career highlights:

  • 2007-2015 Houston Golden Gloves Youth Champion
  • 2011 National Silver Gloves Finalist
  • 2008-2016 HORN Tournament Champion
  • 2008-2016 Games of Texas Boxing Champion
  • 2016 Houston Golden Gloves Senior /Open Division Champion
  • 2016 Texas State Champion
  • 2016 National Golden Gloves Finalist, 2nd place

What motivates you the most?

The dream of providing for my family, while living the dream of being a world champion.

What are 5 things most people don’t know about you?

  • I plan on majoring in philosophy
  • I’ve never been to a party or club
  • I graduated in the top 10% of my high school graduating class
  • I prefer swimming over running
  • I have a boxing gym at home

Fighter Profile - Juan Torres

Professional boxing record: 3 wins 2 loses and 1 draw. Pro MMA record 9 wins and 15 loses. From Houston, Texas (Spring Branch) now residing in Huntsville, Texas.

action photo courtesy of mikethetruth.com

A bilingual teacher by day and professional MMA fighter and boxer at all other times, as well as a dedicated parent and family man, Juan Torres is a busy man by anyone’s standards.

He was last seen in the professional boxing ring challenging highly touted Top Rank promoted boxer, Peter Kadiru in June of this year. Kadiru was a decorated amateur star, fighting out of Germany, who is currently being groomed to make a big splash on the world heavyweight boxing scene.

Torres, on the other hand is a mostly self-managed fighter who was brought in on short notice, with no amateur boxing background, a full-time job, and was likely brought in as an easy opponent who would allow Kadiru to add to his highlight reel.

Someone forgot to tell Torres this though, as he came into the bout with no fear and a confident presence that said, ” I belong here and I’m here to win”. Torres unfortunately lost a four round decision, but he gave a good account of himself and had the more experienced German star fighting in a uncharacteristically safety first manner, mostly jabbing and moving around the ring to avoid the power and surprisingly similar skill set of Torres.

Torres admitted he hasn’t always came into his fights in the best of shape or made the best business decisions concerning his MMA and boxing careers, but he is quickly learning what it takes to be successful.

He also feels that his dedicated work with Hit City Boxing’s Mike Hamilton and Fearless Boxing’s Ernest Johnson, is helping boost his learning curve tremendously, as he feels he is absorbing the knowledge and experience of these two great coaches, giving him the best chance of success in the professional boxing arena.

When I asked Torres why he hasn’t gone the safe route in boxing or MMA and pad his record with a few easy wins while he learns on the job, and he stated, ” Well first of all I want to challenge myself at all times and face the best competition possible, so that I can build a fighting legacy to be proud of in the future. Secondly but more importantly, I fight to help support my family in the best way possible, and I feel like I would be cheating the public by asking them to pay to watch me beat up a person that poses no threat to me.”

With this admirable outlook and approach to the game, Torres has quickly earned the respect of his fighting peers and he hopes to be able to do big things in the near future, to keep “H-Town” on the map as a fighting city of champions.

Torres is currently looking towards returning to the ring in October on a local card, then back on a Top Rank show in November, so stay tuned and support him and all your local fighters!