For most Denver and Colorado amateur boxing fans the name Elmer Monarrez is well-known and now clearly deserving of my nickname for him of ‘The Total Package,’ as his boxing skills are equaled by his performance in the classroom.
The Mesquite, Nevada, 2011 National Junior Golden Gloves Tournament ending last weekend, had the arm of only one Colorado representative raised as a champion and that arm belonged to the 10-year-old Monarrez, who won the 65-pound weight class for his second consecutive National Junior Golden Gloves Tournament title.
Monarrez brought home the gold medal in last year’s 2010 National Junior Golden Gloves Tournament in the 60-pound weight class that has him correctly feeling he’s following in the footsteps of idol and Golden Gloves Backyard Brawlers Boxing Club teammate ‘King Louie’ Byrd.
It was fairly obvious when young Elmer Monarrez began boxing at the age of eight that he had ‘it,’ a characteristic that was developed under the tutelage of Tim Lucero at the Aztlanecos Gym, formerly located at 4638 Eliot St., where early on Elmer became your consumate ‘gym rat’ before Coach Lucero and his boxing team were forced out of that facility.
Coach Lucero directed his boxers to clubs he felt would continue leading his kids in the right direction with Red Shield (Everette Elliston), Backyard Brawlers (Jeff Byrd), and Strictly Boxing (Rick Lopez) being the frontrunners.
The Monarrez family (dad Jesus and mom Alejandra making that decision) felt the GGBB and Head Coach Jeff Byrd were exactly the right fit, something neither party has ever regretted.
Having seen first hand what a passion and love Elmer had for boxing, he was easily accepted into membership of the GGBB family and immediately had an impact on not only his own teammates, but others in the amateur boxing community as well.
GGBB Head Coach Jeff Byrd has nothing but good things to say when asked about Elmer Monarrez: “Elmer is one of those really special kids who intently follows direction and has a passion that makes it easy to coach him. At our gym we concentrate on what we call the 3-D’s; Desire, Dedication, and Discipline. Elmer has all three, and additionally has a focus beyond his years. Come 2020 he’ll be representing the USA in Olympic Boxing.”
Jeff Byrd is adamant when discussing the success of the GGBB and specifically Elmer Monarrez, that the dedication and commitment of Assistant Head Coaches Jesus Monarrez and David Perez, men Byrd considers the glue and backbone of the GGBB team, is what makes the difference.
When asked how he felt about his son’s progression in becoming a National Champion, Jesus Monarrez (and Elmer’s dad) said,”I want to thank God for blessing us with a wonderful and talented son. The Lord willing, we look forward to him one day becoming a World Champion.”
Assistant Head Coach David Perez continued to heap well-deserved praise in the directon of Elmer when stating: “Elmer Monarrez is ‘a natural’ who is as polite a kid as you’ll ever meet. But when he enters that ring he’s all businesss, and his dedication and hard work shows in his achievements that now speak for themselves.”
For all the boxing skills Elmer Monarrez possesses, he is still your average, typical 10-year-old who says, “I enjoy rap and Mexican music a lot, but I enjoy going to the movies just as much.”
Elmer is a ‘straight A’ student who loves interacting with kids his age that have interests other than boxing, something that contributes to him being an average kid who just happens to be a two-time consecutive National Junior Golden Gloves Champion, and have him referred to as “The Total Package.’
Jesus and Alejandra Monarrez have another future star in now three years old Carlos Monarrez following in the footsteps of his brother Elmer, happily providing their sons with the necessary tools to make themselves a positive influence in our Denver community.
Remeber the name Elmer Monarrez, because by the time the 2020 Olympics roll around (Elmer will be a seasoned 19 years of age) he may just be representing the USA as a member of the 2020 USA Olympic Boxing Team.
Elmer Monarrez, ‘The Total Package,‘ has the desire, dedication, and discipline to be whatever he chooses to be, we’re just fortunate he has decided to choose boxing.
Stephen Johnson writes amateur boxing for UNTIL THE NEXT ROUND.COM, and pro boxing for INSIDE BOXING.com, and BORICUA BOXING.com