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Jul 24, 2014 8:53 AM by Edna Cortinas ecortinas@kristv.com

Boxers Giving Back

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS-Brothers, Gregory "Bad Boy" Gutierrez and Robert "Boom Boom" Vela, are Pro-Boxers. Gregory is 10-2 with 3 knockouts while Robert is 9-0 with 6 knockouts.

However, this duo has more than winning fights on their minds. They are trying to make a difference in the lives of those who live in Robstown.

Growing up was tough for Gregory, he was bullied and really didn't know how to protect himself when experiencing hard times.

Then at nine years old, his father taught him about boxing, now he and his brother are giving back to their community.

Jennifer Hernandez initially came to the gym to lose weight, but now her daily visits are more like being with family...something she says is all because of TGBoxing.

"These guys are amazing. When I first walked through the doors I was greeted friendly. It felt like I was meant to be here. It felt good to be here. I like was meant to be here the entire time," Hernandez said.

In this small gym, these brothers teach self defense skills, how to be healthy, and serve as personal trainers. Plus, they offer kids a safe environment to be themselves.

Gregory "Bad Boy" Gutierrez said, "Kids come to me and they don't speak up, they're not outspoken. You bring them here and it just gives them a little spark. It gives them a little authority in their voice. It gives them a little heart."

For kids like Ryan Cantu, who used to be bullied, Greg and Robert inspire and motivate him to be more outgoing.

"It helped me become more confident. I'm not shy or as shy as I used to be. If I hadn't done any of this right now I wouldn't even be close to the camera I'd be just shy but not no more," Cantu said.

Which is exactly what Gregory and Robert say is a life long dream come true...and more good things are happening at TGBoxing soon the gym will move into a larger facility with new equipment.

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