Matthew Medina and coach Russell Guerrero

Matthew Medina, right, poses with his trophy and coach Russell Guerrero at Guerrero’s Boxing Gym on Oct. 18.

At school, Matthew Medina was recently selected to be a group speaker with a program that brings together student leaders. In the boxing ring, Medina, 13, spoke with his athleticism when he won his division at the Double Punches boxing tournament in Santa Rosa.

Medina, a McCaffrey Middle School student, has been boxing for a year and several months, he said, and won the tournament.

“I listened to my coach and I tried my best,” Medina said at Guerrero’s Boxing Gym, where he trains, of the Oct. 12 win.

Medina is a Peers Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS) member at school, which is a student leadership group that promotes communication between a sense of community on campus.

In addition to adding boxing to his extra-curricular schedule, Medina was asked to join Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) by U.C. Davis, which connects the college with K-12 schools and the community and provides information on applying for college and how to prepare for college.

On the win, Medina said getting over nerves allowed him to focus on going for the win.

“I felt really good. It was a rush of excitement and I was really nervous at first but then after I was glad it was done,” Medina said.

Medina, who also gets good grades at school, started boxing after becoming interested in the sport and researched local gyms.

“I just felt like I wanted to do it and I looked around and found this place and I wanted to go. It was special because I put all my hard work into it and the fact that I was able to get first place,” Medina said.

“Everyone should join. It’s a whole different environment.”