When Georgetown sophomore Adan Gonzalez was 9 years old, his father brought him to a boxing gym for the first time. The younger Gonzalez had been getting into fistfights with other children in the apartment complex where the family lived in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, so his dad figured some punishment in the ring would do his son some good.
“He wanted to teach me a lesson,” Gonzalez said. “It didn’t work. I did very well in my first match.”
More than a decade later, Gonzalez is a co-captain of the Georgetown University club boxing team, which Saturday hosted and participated in the school’s inaugural boxing showcase at Yates Field House. The event featured seven teams from the United States and England competing in the first boxing matches on Georgetown’s campus in 50 years.
The Georgetown boxing club is among 29 schools comprising the U.S. Intercollegiate Boxing Association. The USIBA is one of two organizations that conducts college boxing after the NCAA dropped it as a sport in 1960.