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Who is Juan Pablo Garrido, the boxer and future UC engineer?

Juan Pablo Garrido got to know boxing during his studies at Colegio San Benito, in the third grade. He entered training in a gym and opte


Juan Pablo Garrido got to know boxing during his studies at Colegio San Benito, in the third grade. He entered training in a gym and opted for this discipline as a way to challenge his physique. Over time, his taste for this sport would increase. In fact, a year after training, in 2017, he won his first match in 30 seconds. By the end of 2018 he had already fought 12 times, winning 11 of them and losing only once.

He finished second in the national ranking challenging several better positioned in his category (75 kilos). It is not surprising then that, the following year, in 2019, this UC Engineering student, about to graduate, became the national champion and national team of our country.

“This sport is entertaining,” says the 24-year-old boxer.

Like many other high-performance athletes, the pandemic put a stop to this meteoric rise. On his horizon were the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games postponed to 2021. The Buenos Aires Championship could have given him valuable qualifying points for the Japanese event.

He had been preparing intensely with his coach Ransés Sánchez, exercising twice a week at the Chilean Boxing Federation in San Miguel (during the morning) and then at the High Performance Center (CAR) of the National Stadium, in Ñuñoa, in the evenings. afternoons, investing between seven to eight hours a day between training and the trips he made from his home in Lo Barnechea.

But the trans-Andean pre-Olympic championship was canceled as a result of the pandemic, thus closing the only opportunity that Latin American boxers had to qualify, after the suspension of the Paris pre-Olympic championship.

“At first it discouraged me, but then I kept going,” says Garrido, recalling that, despite that misfortune, 2021 was important. “That year I beat Julio Álamos, the Latin and national professional champion.”

“It was a good recognition of my career (appearing in the 100 young leaders). I have fought with great professionals, I have beaten practically all of them”- Juan Pablo Garrido, boxer and UC Engineering student

Finish the race

At the beginning of May, Juan Pablo Garrido was recognized as one of the 100 young leaders of El Mercurio’s Saturday magazine. Photo: personal file.

Right now, Juan Pablo is in what he defines as a “stand by”, an academic break that has him fully focused on his degree work, “because it makes it very impossible for me to be with two daily training sessions and, if I’m not in something 100%, I’m better off. If you’re not well, you get combos,” he declares on the phone.

Appearing among the 100 young leaders of El Mercurio’s Saturday Magazine a few weeks ago warmed his spirit. “It was a good recognition of my career, very hard. I have fought with great professionals, I have beaten practically all of them, great exponents like Julio Álamos and Joseph Cherkasyn”, he says.

Between four to five months you will be focused on your title work. After that, it is most likely that he will return to training, with a view to the South American Games in Asunción 2022, in Paraguay, which will take place during the first half of October.