WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — For a little package, Worcester's 8-year-old Randy Marines Jr. packs a big punch.
At such a young age, Randy already holds a boxing championship having won the USA Boxing Region 1 Silver Gloves Championship earlier this month in New York. Now, he's set to compete in the 2020 USA Boxing National Silver Gloves Championship in Missouri.
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Randy has been boxing since he was a toddler, and practices most days after school at the Worcester Boys and girls club with his coach Carlos Garcia.
"I believe he's going to go places," Garcia said.
Randy fell in love with the sport through his dad, Randy Sr., who also boxes. He helps train his son.
"He pushes me to the limit to get better," Randy said. "The kids, when I fight, they're better than me but I always beat."
Randy's mom, Yahaira Russo, said his dad always knew he was going to be a boxer ever since was in her "stomach."
"We've always just been teaching him the sport, watch him, box with him. He just grew up loving it," Russo said.
Randy has big dreams of becoming a professional boxer by the time he turns 18 saying, "I'm going to make a little money."
"I'm going to buy my mom everything, buy my dad anything," he said.
WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports