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Young girl from Indio becomes national boxing champion

It is said that some dream of great achievements, but others fight tirelessly to achieve them. This is the case of Jocelyn Camarillo. A


It is said that some dream of great achievements, but others fight tirelessly to achieve them. This is the case of Jocelyn Camarillo. A 17-year-old girl from the city of Indio.

“They say boxing is for men, but I did it,” said Jocelyn Camarillo.

Her discipline, dedication and perseverance helped her succeed in one of the most important boxing tournaments in the country, the 2021 USA Boxing National Championship. She was named the winner in the 48 kilo class.

“I was a little nervous, but I was training very hard, because I knew that with that I was going to win,” Camarillo said.

Success came after just three years of training his hitting speed, accuracy, and concentration.

“It is a lot of work, a lot of sacrifice, to be coming to all the practices and for a few days you think that for what and then that emotion of being a national champion, when I heard the words of Jocelyn Camarillo from Coachella, California, it was a very nice pride that I felt” said his father Valente Camarillo.

From the moment Jocelyn put on the gloves, her family has been by her side. Her dad Valente Camarillo is her coach. He says that his daughter impressed him at the time of giving war in the ring.

“She asked me that I wanted to box and at first it made me laugh that it is for men. When he hit, he felt hard and I said yes, he has talent,” said his father, Valente Camarillo.

Jocelyn practices with her dad at boxing legend Lee Espinoza’s gym in Coachella 6 times a week for 3 hours.

He says that the talent of a young girl will lead her to be a world champion.

“I’m sitting and I’m looking at something and I run and it’s going very well and when it started, right now it’s professional and it holds on pretty well,” Espinoza said.

This year Jocelyn will graduate from Shadow Hills High School and plans to pursue a career in the medical field.

For now, he continues to bask in his achievement and proudly displays his championship belt.

“I feel very happy that I can make an example for girls and that I could represent Coachella well,” said Jocelyn.

Jocelyn is the first in her family to take up the sport of boxing, but her younger brother is already following in her footsteps. Her mom tells us that she is extremely proud of her daughter.