By Steve Corbo
Veterans Park District’s Leyden Boxing Gym in suburban Chicago was the scene of some hot and heavy action last week as a couple of undefeated fighters from the West Coast got in some work with a spirited sparring session.
Roger Romo from Oxnard, California brought his professional record of 5-0-3, and a wealth of experience, into the gym to work with Tacoma, Washington’s Mike Gavronski, who sports a professional record of 13-0-1. In addition to having worked with the likes of Sergio Martinez and Kelly Pavlik, Romo has grown up in boxing as the younger brother of two time world champion Fernando Vargas.
Gavronski will be in action April 14, in Chicago, on a show televised by Fox Sports Monday Night Boxing. With 10 of his 13 wins by knockout, he is quickly becoming a fan favorite who hopes to crack into the middleweight division’s top ten rankings sometime within the next year. Sportswriters, from the Seattle – Tacoma, area, voted him the Northwest Region’s Fighter of the Year for 2013. And, he just returned from San Diego where he got in some more good ring work with Andre Dirrell and Mike Lee.
Also in attendance, and with a West Cast connection, was James Dominguez. A product of East LA and the Resurrection Gym, he is now training boxers and mma fighters in Columbus, Ohio. Dominguez, a former amateur boxer, was a member of the highly prestigious U.S.Army’s Elite Athlete Program. He was also a member of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and a veteran of Iraq.
The Leyden Boxing Gym is located just west of Chicago in Leyden Township and has been a facility used by top pros such as current IBF Lt. Middleweight World Champion Carlos Molina, former WBC Lightweight World Champion David Diaz and former heavyweight contender Andrew Golota. The gym has also been home to a number of local amateur boxing champions.
Featured in the accompanying photo are from left to right: Roger Romo, James Dominguez, Steve Corbo, Mike Gavronski and John Nocita.