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Some fighters are made in the gym. Super lightweight prospect David Mijares was seemingly born into the sport.
Some fighters are made in the gym. Super lightweight prospect David Mijares was seemingly born into the sport. As Mijares’ father worked with legendary musician Bob Dylan, his pregnant mother visited the gym for the first time and her water broke. David wasn’t delivered in the gym, but as he grew up, it was his second home, and he would even put on gloves and do drills as a toddler.
By the age of 12, he began competing, going on to compile a 57-12 record as an amateur. Among his accomplishments were three National PAL Championships, a 2015 Golden Gloves title, and a Bronze medal in the 2015 USA National Championships. And even more impressively, he did it all while excelling in his studies and even playing the Euphonium for the nationally-ranked orchestra at Santa Monica High School.
After graduating high school and completing his first year of college, Mijares took time off to compete in the Olympic trials, and though he didn’t make the United States team, he now gets his chance to achieve another dream of becoming a professional boxer.
Outside the ring, the 20-year-old Mijares is a foodie who believes that he would be a chef if not for his boxing career, and he has also been featured in modeling campaigns for Adidas and H&M while starring in a three-part AT&T U-verse documentary series in 2011.
Mijares made his professional boxing debut against Omar Reyes on the undercard of Canelo vs. Khan in Las Vegas on May 7 winning the fight via unanimous decision. Just a month later, Mijares was back in the ring, fighting as part of the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Mario Lopez, Charity Vision Fight Night on June 11 against Cory “Vicious” Vom Baur. Mijares dominated the fight early on dropping Vom Baur in the second round and twice in the third round winning the fight via technical knockout in the third round.