A Wichita Falls Independent School District student who is a Junior Olympic Boxing Champion said thank you to those who helped get him there.
Before becoming the USA Boxing National Junior Olympic champion, Emmanuel Carrillo needed a little help to make that dream a reality and he got it from the Disabled American Veterans.
Carrillo became champion after defeating Benjamin Johnson in the championship of the 106-pound intermediate male bracket June 2018.
Being a National Junior Olympic Boxing Champion was something he worked hard to accomplish and it is something he said has been a dream of his.
“I’d been there two years before and I got to the bronze medal, so I’ve been trying for two years straight trying to get to that gold. And it was kind of like a big accomplishment. Like one of the biggest accomplishments of my life,” Carrillo said.
Competing in the tournament can be expensive, and that’s why the DAV decided to help out.
“We went to where his father works at we said ‘Hey, are you the same Carrillo’s that we hear?’ He said ‘Yeah, that’s my son.’ I said ‘Man, can we support in some way?” Cmdr. Joel Jimenez said.
To show his appreciation, during his fight he wore a patch to honor the DAV.
“We wanted to support awareness for it. So, I got the patch put on my trunks. So now we will represent the DAV at the national tournaments like the ones coming up in Reno, Nevada,” Carrillo said.
Jimenez is so proud of the one he calls “champion.”
“Stepping up and supporting us, veterans, showing the community how proud we are of not only Wichita Falls but our citizens these young kids, these young men, and women. We are so excited that we have a national champion,” Jimenez said.
Every fight Carrillo participates in from here on out, he knows the DAV are in his corner.
Carrillo is currently preparing for his next tournament, a warmup in the Golden Gloves in Fort Worth which some of the DAV plan on attending.