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Isaac Torres, resident of Mission, Texas, in Hidalgo County, began fighting in martial arts when he was just four years old, and joined boxing at the age of eight, winning his first amateur fight when he was only eight years old. Now 20 years old, Isaac is an amateur bantamweight boxer aspiring to be the best one fight at a time.
Isaac has 150 total fights under his belt, and has won 14 national titles and 4 world titles in the sport. The odds of a child becoming an Olympic athlete are 1 in 28,500, according to the National Ad Council. With his whole life dedicated to the pursuit of his passion, this young Hidalgo County resident is on his way to realizing his dreams of becoming an Olympian.
Isaac just qualified to participate in the US Olympic trials, and later in July 2011, he will face seven other US Olympic boxing team candidates for a coveted spot on the team to represent the USA at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court and the residents of Hidalgo County would like to extend our best wishes to Isaac on all his accomplishments, including this latest feat. To be an elite athlete, talent is definitely key. One must possess the physical abilities to excel in your sport – such as speed, strength, endurance and coordination. But most importantly, determination is a huge component of success. You have to love what you do in order to excel. No doubt, Isaac loves what he does. He has demonstrated that he has what it takes to propel forward into many more opportunities for success in the sport.
Congratulations, Isaac, for representing Hidalgo County in such a positive manner and holding yourself to the highest standards of excellence. We wish you the best on all your future pursuits and aspirations.