SFs' member could be Warren’s million dollar baby
Warren boxing team member, Senior Airmen Celsa Reyes is an up-and-coming boxer who, when not pulling guard duties for the 90th Security Forces Squadron, can be found in the gym sparring and training or on the road running.


By Tech. Sgt. Steve Goetsch, 90th Space Wing Public Affairs
Posted Friday, April 15, 2005

  
SFs' member could be Warren’s million dollar baby
Senior Airman Celsa Reyes, 90th Security Forces Squadron, zeroes in on her opponent at the 2005 Armed Force Boxing Championships Feb. 19 at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. (Army photo by Elizabeth Davie)


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F. E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo.-- In addition to the issued M-9 or M-16, a Warren installation entry controller packs additional weapons like a left hook, upper cut and jab that would make even the boldest of intruders stop in their tracks.
Warren boxing team member, Senior Airmen Celsa Reyes is an up-and-coming boxer who, when not pulling guard duties for the 90th Security Forces Squadron, can be found in the gym sparring and training or on the road running.

For this Los Angeles native, boxing started early and it was a family affair.

“I started boxing when I was 13. My brother wanted to start boxing and I did not want to get left behind,” said Reyes.

Her parents weren’t too keen on the idea of seeing their daughter in the ring. “My dad is not really a fan of me boxing and my mom thinks I am crazy,” said Reyes.

Besides personal commitment to the sport, she gets inspiration from one of her heroes. “I admire Julio Cesar Chavez. He was a very talented boxer who left everything in the ring and I admire that,” said Reyes.

Reyes’ dedication and enthusiasm to “leave everything in the ring,” has garnered praise from her coach, 1st Lt. Rodney Ellison, 319th Missile Squadron. “I think her best attribute is her willingness to work hard,” said Ellison.

“There were many times when her schedule didn’t allow her to practice with the team, so she would set up practices on the weekends or during the day…so she could still get her training in.”

Training is a tough mixture of ring time, running and lifting weights. There is also a lot of work on technique. She had problems with some of her punches. “She would throw her hook so wide that her opponent would see it coming. We worked on it for a little while and she kept it closer and made it faster,” said Ellison. “I would have to say that it is one of her best punches now.”

That’s bad news for her opponents. A few have already felt the sting of this training tip. Though there is no knockout in amateur boxing, Reyes has forced a couple of “referee stops contest” decisions.

She puts in an average of eight training hours a week. That is a lot considering her sporadic schedule as a security forces member. Her training regimen is so tough; it has even changed the weight class she boxes in. She boxed in the 130-pound class at Warren, but when she went to Texas, she boxed in the 114-pound weight class. “Dropping that much weight is not easy, it took hard work and determination,” said Ellison.

All of the training is paying huge dividends for Reyes.

She is currently ranked number two in the country after a second place finish at the U.S.A. Boxing national amateur tournament. That ranking just adds to an ever-growing boxing resume. This year, she has already won a San Antonio Golden Gloves title and taken a second place to Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Natosha Eyer of Camp Lejeune, N.C. at the Armed Forces Boxing Championships Feb. 19 at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

Though she has enjoyed success early in her career, she is optimistic and has high hopes for the future.

“I want to be number one in the nation, and win the Armed Forces Championships,” said Reyes.


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