CERES - A 9 year old boxing champ is preparing to attend the Silver Gloves national boxing tournament in Kansas City, Missouri in February after dedicating his most recent win to a special fan.
Andre Flores began boxing competitively at eight years old in 2016. A young focused athlete, he uses boxing to build his confidence. In total, he has won eight fights, one exhibition where he was awarded a belt, and two walkovers.
His first fight was in Stockton against an opponent from Salinas named Soto. Andre never showed any signs of nervousness during the event.
“When the fight was over, he came out of the ring and asked who won,” said Andre’s father Damian Flores. Andre re-entered the ring to be announced victorious.
Damian is Andre’s strength and conditioning coach. His routine running is three miles. He runs up and down stairs. He sprints with resistance bands. He attaches two pound weights to his wrists and legs and jog and punch. Andre doesn’t tire out and has outrun other athletes nearly ten years older.
At the gym, Andre is very focused. He does three rounds of shadow boxing, then three rounds on a speed bag. He spars with other athletes, often times older than himself. After the gym, he goes home to complete all of his homework. Andre’s ethics are described as respectful and loving, and has even made the honor roll at his school.
In addition to boxing, Andre played baseball as an all-star pitcher, and football for the Ceres Junior Bulldogs. He made 16 touchdowns in eight games. It was through his time playing football, where fate would have Andre meet his biggest fan and touch her heart in the most unexpected way.
Dinia Beltramo’s son played football with Andre two years ago. She connected with his father Damian via social media to see if he might have taken photos of her son at any of their games.
Dinia has suffered devastating major losses in her life recently. She lost her father on September 17th to a terminal cancer. She was due to be married the next day. She received word of his passing at 2:00am.
On Friday, September 30th, her husband passed away from cardiovascular disease. He showed no symptoms, as the disease may have disguised itself as heartburn.
On Monday October 18th, her grandfather passed away. He was 99 years old.
Dinia was in a very deep grieving stage from back to back losses when she received a phone call. It was Andre’s dad Damian checking in on her. They spoke briefly when he passed the phone over to Andre.
“He expressed his condolences to me then he said he was going to win the fight for me,” Dinia said.
Andre kept his promise and won his championship match that night.
The act brought a lot of encouragement and strength during what Dinia described as a pit of grief. It made Andre feel good about himself.
Reaching the championship was not as easy as it sounds. Andre had to compete in the valley division of the tournament, which began in Fresno. He advanced through the regionals which included seven states. He defeated Ronald Plata from Arizona and Danten Kaheaku of Hawaii, who had won the nationals twice in previous competitions.
So from February 1st through the 4th Andre will find himself in Kansas City, Missouri competing in the national championships. While everyone will be rooting for him, he has his one biggest fan who will be cheering a little harder.
If you would like to support Andre on his trip, his family has established a GoFundMe account for him. You can donate by CLICKING HERE.
LOS ANGELES - Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, died Tuesday at the age of 60.
Fisher suffered cardiac arrest Friday on a flight while returning from London. Reports indicate medics performed CPR on her until she was rushed to a hospital. She never regained consciousness.
News of the loss stunned her co-stars. Mark Hamill wrote "no words. #Devastated," on Twitter.
"Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives," Modesto native and Star Wars creator George Lucas wrote. "She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved. In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess - feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than people might think."
Production had wrapped in mid 2016 for the following Star Wars film which features Fisher. No announcements have been made regarding her character in future Star Wars projects.
Fisher was 19 when she starred in the first Star Wars film.
OAKLAND - Raiders quarterback Derek Carr suffered an injury Saturday that some are considering a devastating blow to the team.
In the Christmas Eve game against the Indianapolis Colts, Carr took a hit from Colts outside linebacker Trent Cole, resulting in a broken right fibula. Coach Jack Del Rio stated after the game that Carr is ruled out for the January first game against the Denver Broncos.
The injury came early in the fourth quarter as the Raiders led over the colts 33-14. Carr's leg appeared to be pinned during the sack by Cole. Carr was unable to put weight on the leg and had to be helped off the field. After examination, he was transported away on a cart.
Backup quarterback Matt McGloin filled in for Carr during the remainder of the game. The Raiders won over the Colts 33-25. Carr is scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday.
MODESTO - Crowds of comic book and pop culture fans flocked to the center plaza Saturday afternoon for the first ModestoCon.
AT THE FAIR: JULY 8th: The Modesto Bee Night at the Fair! First 1,000 guests receive a gift from The Modesto Bee.
FOODMAXX ARENA: WGAS –Super Pull Event ( Hot Rod Tractor &Truck Pull) at 6:30 PM
BUD LIGHT VARIETY FREE STAGE: Rachel Platten at 8:30 PM
EmpowHER Lounge: The Fair along with Vintage Faire Mall and Yonan’s Jewelers bring guests a contemporary and inspirational lounge for young women ages, 16-25. The empowHER Lounge is geared towards inspiring young girls to be great leaders in our community.
RECHARGE! MODESTO TOYOTA LOUNGE: Guests can relax and charge their iPhones and Android phones in this modern and cozy lounge. Open from 12 p.m. - 11 p.m.
BABY CARE CENTER, SPONSORED BY EMANUEL MEDICAL CENTER AND DOCTORS MEDICAL CENTER: Parents can utilize this lounge to feed their children, nurse babies, change diapers, or just have a place to relax for kids. Open 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.
LIVESTOCK: 49th Annual Replacement Heifer Sale at 6 p.m.
PARK ‘N RIDE: 4:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.; Park free and ride free from CSU Stanislaus (Crowell off Monte Vista) and/or Pitman High (Christoffersen Way). Shuttles run every 15 – 20 minutes to/from the Fair’s Arch Gate. Sponsored by FOX 40 News.
WHERE: From Highway 99, exit at Fulkerth Road in Turlock and head east. For Fairgrounds parking, turn right on Soderquist Road, or go past Soderquist for more parking; $5 per vehicle.
ADMISSION: $12 for adults, for age 65 and up 5, $5 for children age 7 to 12, and free for age 6 and younger.
The numbers for the $1.5 Billion dollar jack pot are 8-27-34-4-19 and powerball number 10.
If there is no jack pot winner, the prize can potentially increase to $2 Billion dollars.
STOCKTON - A power ball ticket matching five out of six numbers was reported sold at Parkwood Gas and Food on Hammer Lane.
The winning numbers, 32-16-19-57-34 and Powerball number 13, were selected Saturday night.
To win the record $949.8 million dollars, a ticket must match all six numbers. The first five can be in any order, but the power ball number must match. No ticket matching all numbers was reportedly sold.
The next drawing with an increased jackpot to $1.3 billion dollars is set for Wednesday night.