With the sports world having to adapt during challenging times, two youth boxers overcame major obstacles to achieve success in the ring.
Last month, Allan Hernandez and Karma Farber, both 11, took on competitors from across the world and both came out on top to win national championship belts in the bantam division at the 2020 Sugarbert Nationals Championship in Punta Gorda.
Despite COVID-19, the event, which is annually one of the largest amateur boxing events in the U.S, still brought in over 400 boxers across all age groups.
Hernandez, Farber and two other competitors from the Palm Bay ROUND13 Boxing Club made the trip across the state to take part.
At the start of the pandemic, the club itself was shut down for training and brought the added challenge for the young boxers to find ways to remain sharp. By working out at home and being able to train at other local facilities, Hernandez and Farber each were able to win their second national title in their young boxing careers.
Farber’s performance also earned her a WBC Green Belt for her outstanding performance throughout the event.
ROUND13 head coach Johnny Fernandez said that the dedication both young boxers have put into improving their skills and continue to attain success despite added challenges is something everyone can learn from.
“Even under the circumstances, it doesn’t mean you have to be stuck at home and not do anything,” Fernandez said. “These kids are just 11 years old and this is a milestone that many kids and even adults don’t reach.”