2004-10-22 / Sports

Daguizan Steps Into The Professional Ring

By Elio Velez

For Max Daguizan, the opportunity to become a champion begins on October 30 when he makes first professional fight in Middletown, N.Y. The road up there has been a long and laborious journey that Daguizan hopes will be fulfilled by boxing gold.

At 24 years old, Daguizan, who describes himself as a true born and bred Rockaway guy, is finally making the leap to money fights. At 16 years old, he started boxing as an amateur and won in the Daily News Golden Gloves in 1998. In 2000, he fell short in making the U.S. Olympic boxing team.

The dream to turn professional was put on hold in 2000 when Daguizan had to take care of some issues that occurred with his family. He does not regret the decision to put his career on hold.

“I was in a situation where I had to hang up my gloves and just handle some business and be responsible, ”Daguizan said.

After a long layoff, Daguizan got back to sparring and entered last year’s Golden Gloves and made the quarterfinals. Losing in what he believes was a decision made due to out of the ring politics, it was that instance that led him to turn pro.

“I never knew how it was to be a pro. I flew to Chicago and went to different places with boxers that I trained with and they all turned pro,” Daguizan said. “I felt I was getting left behind.”

Helping him turn pro was his mentor, David Jones, who is a clinical director at Visiting Nurse Service in Rockaway Beach. Working as a mentor in the father enrollment program, Daguizan found someone to lean on when times were tough.

“The Damager” looks to make an immediate impact with his debut at the Orange County Fairgrounds on October 30 in Middletown, N.Y. He will fight in the card alongside boxer John Duddy. Both fighters train at the Irish Ropes Boxing Club in Arverne.

Daguizan, who is also a burgeoning hip-hop artist and designing a clothing apparel line, is ready for the challenge to become a junior bantamweight champion. With his family and friends support, there is no better time than now to enter the ring he says.

“I bring a lot of ring smarts, speed, power and a lot of experience. It’s (boxing) something that makes me whole,” Daguizan said. “When I’m boxing, it keeps me focused. It takes a lot of time and keeps me disciplined.”

“I rather do it now. It’s the perfect time. I matured over the years. I still got a lot to learn but why not learn while I do it. I’m really ready.”

For more information about the “Boxing at the Battlegrounds” fight card, call the Irish Ropes Boxing Club at 718-318-5148.

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