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H-Town Eagles Marquez Eyes Junior Olympics After Silver Gloves Title

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At 13 years old, Ruben Marquez has already made history.

Your champion, out of the blue corner, Ruben Marquez!

This past February he became the first boxer from the H-Town Eagles program to win a Silver Gloves National title in the 125 to 132 weight class in Kansas City.

"I'm really proud that I can say that," said Marquez. "It's been a dream since I was seven years old. I was goofing around when I was seven, but years after hard work and determination finally payed off."

Now Ruben is turning his gaze from Silver Gloves to the Junior Olympics. That starts next month with regionals in Rapid City, South Dakota, and a win there would send him to Nationals in Dallas.

"He has to go down to regionals representing Team Montana, and if he wins there, which I'm sure he will, he goes to nationals," said Caferro Sr.. "And I have all the confidence in the world that he can be a national Junior Olympic champion as well."

"It's going to be a really hard task, because there are great fighters all around the country, and you've got to give them props too," said Marquez. "But I'm pretty sure my hard work and determination will pull it off."

Ruben is a little bigger than your average 13 year old. At a hair under 5'9" he's usually taller than his opponent, and uses his length to dominate matches.

"I'm usually bigger than most of my opponents," said Marquez. "I use my arm reach and my lateral movement to my advantage."

"He's taller, and he is stronger than most of those fighters he faced, and a better boxer," said H-Town Eagles coach Duran Caferro Sr..

Rueben is taking some time off before next month's regionals, where he hopes to make boxing history yet again.

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