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From the garage to the gym, AVILA Victory Boxing opens its doors – KION546

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GREENFIELD, Calif. (KION-TV) — A lifetime of fighting for something positive in southern Monterey County paid off Saturday for a local boxing trainer at his grand opening.

After years of running a garage nonprofit, AVILA Victory Boxing has opened a location in a building at 36 4th Street in Building C.

Coach Rigo Avila, owner and head trainer of AVILA Victory Boxing, says it’s a dream come true.

“It’s a dream come true. That’s what I told everyone,” Avila said. “It’s surreal. It hasn’t penetrated yet. God sends his blessing, and it continues.”

Born and raised in Greenfield, Coach Avila wanted to give the children and people of South County something positive. Something they could proudly call their own.

“I’ve been in boxing for a while. I helped a kid who was being bullied at school and then from there it just progressed. Through word of mouth and parents, and before you don’t you know, I had one, two, three, four, five, six children. Now I have over 100 (students) enrolled.

He was also bullied and learned to defend himself with boxing. Coach Avila wanted to pass on his knowledge to the next generation. To give them an outlet away from the streets.

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“Growing up in small towns, it’s really hard for some kids to grow up. There aren’t a lot of recreation programs here, and we’re trying to change that aspect. They can come here to hope. There’s a opportunity for them to separate themselves from the streets, so they can have a better sense of life and carry on as a true fighter.

With 2,400 square feet and outdoor space, Coach Avila is excited about the opportunity to further expand the reach of its nonprofit. Avila opened its doors to allow anyone in Monterey County who wants to try their hand at boxing, regardless of skill level.

The gym isn’t just for kids; although this is the one coach Avila originally envisioned helping, there will also be lessons and classes available for all age groups.

“It is entirely possible thanks to the community. Parents, siblings, uncles, aunts and people who want to help with this program. God bless them; through them it works.”

The feature that excites his students the most is an official size ring to practice on, something a garage had no room for.

You can click here to learn more about the program and how to register.