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Waterloo man wants boxing to ‘uplift this city’

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Cesar Bravo says he spent a lot of his teenage and young adult years in trouble with the law.

In fact, the Waterloo man was first introduced to boxing at the age of 13 when a judge ordered him to use the sport to manage his anger.

It wasn’t until the 2009 West High School graduate had his first child at 24 years old that he decided he needed to change.

“It was time to grow up,” Bravo told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.

Now 32, he is no longer an active boxer. Rather he is the owner and coach at Los Bravos Boxing Club, located across from Union Missionary Baptist Church on the city’s east side.

He uses his role to help kids avoid the mistakes he made years ago. It’s become his way of giving back to the community that he feels wreaked havoc on for more than a decade.

Most recently, I founded Gloves Up Movement, a new nonprofit, to further his mission.

“I want to uplift this city,” he said.

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