LAS CRUCES PAL BOXING'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Las Cruces PAL has produced many local, national and world champions throughout the years. Here are their fighters, past and present, who have won titles at the national or international level.

Louie Burke, son of coach Sammy Burke put Las Cruces boxing on the map. He began fighting with Las Cruces PAL when he was a young child. He would become a great amateur fighter. As a professional his most notable fights were against Hector "Macho" Camacho and Freddy Roach. In 1983 he would beat Roach to earn the ESPN Television title belt. Today he is the trainer of WBA JR. Middleweight World Champion Austin Trout, serves on the Las Cruces PAL Board, and is a Las Cruces Firefighter.

Austin Trout began boxing at Las Cruces PAL when he was 10 years old. In 2009 he earned the title of U.S. National Amateur Welterweight Champion. Austin would also earn his way onto the 2004 USA Olympic Boxing team to compete in Athens, Greece. Austin is now a successful professional boxer. He is the former WBA Junior Middleweight Champion of the world. In 2012 Trout beat legendary fighter Miguel Cotto in Madison Square Garden. He also finds time to work with kids at Las Cruces PAL.

Sammy DiPace began fighting with Las Cruces PAL when he was a kid. As an amateur he earned 14 national titles including two Gold medals at the PAL championships and a Gold medal for the National Junior Olympics . Today he continues to work with the kids at the Las Cruces PAL gym.

Siju Shabazz began boxing at Las Cruces PAL when he wasa kid. He fought his way to become a National Golden Gloves and National PAL Champion. He was an alternate on the U.S. Men's Olympic Boxing team compete in London, England in 2012.

Ayanna Vasquez, started fighting will PAL boxing since she was 8 years old. Ayanna has won multiple junior national Golden Gloves, PAL national, and Silver Gloves titles. In 2010 she won the Gold medal in the junior USA Boxing National Championships.