Brandon “Flawless” Gonzalez teaches kids boxing to try to reduce violence

AND BRUSH. AS WE HAVE SHOWN YOU IN THE PAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, PEOPLE HAVE DIFFERENT WSAY OF REDUCING CRIME AND VIOLENCE. GULSTAN: ONE SACRAMENTO MAN IS USING WHAT HE KNOWS BEST TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE — HIS FIS.ST KCRA 3’S JASON MARKS EXPLAINS IN TODAY’S’SAVING OUR CITIES STY.OR >> BOXING IS THE GREATTES ANALOGY IN LIFE. REPORTER: BRANDON ‘FLAWLESS’ GONZALES KNOWS A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT TAKING A PUNCH. >> WE’VE ALL BEEN THROUGH SETBACKS. WE ALL HAVE BEEN THROUGH HARD TIMES, ADVERSITY. BUT IT’S WHAT YOU DO WITHHAT W YOU’RE FACED WITH THAT REPORTER: GONZALES WAS ONCE A WORLD SUPER MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE CONTDEEN AFTER HIS CAREER ENDED SEVEN YEARS AGO, HE OPENED FLAWLESS BOXI.NG >> I WANTED TO GIVE BACK TO MY COMMUNITY. I KNEW H TOWO DO THAT THOUGH BOXING. REPORTER: WITH A GOAL OF GIVING KIDS A PUNCHER’S CHANCE A SUCCESS. >> NO MATTER HOW ROUGH IT GETS. IT IS ALWAYS GOING TO GET BETTER REPORTER: THAT’WHS THREE TIMES A WEEK. THE NEXT GENERATION LACES UPHE T GLOVES. >> THIS PROGRAM IS ABOUT FITNESS, HARD WORK, MENTAL BUILDING, JUST MAKINYOG FEELU BETTER ABOUT YOURSF.EL REPORTER: TO DUCK AWAY FROM THE DANGERS OF THE STREETS >> JUST FOLLOWING PEOPLE TTHA AREN’T YOUR FRIENDS THAT PRESSURE YOU ALL THE TIM AND YOU HAVE TO PROVE TO THEM THAT YOU ARE NOT SCARED SOOU Y HAVE DO THINGS YOU WOULDN’T NORMALLY DO AROUND THEM REPORTER: THOSE DANGERS GONZALES KNOWS FAR TOO WL.EL >> MY WIFE’S FATHER WAS A VICTIM OF VIOLENCE. HE WAS MURDERED SHE’S STILL AFFECTED TO THIS DAY WE’RE STILL AFFECTED AS A FAMILY REPOER:RT THAT’S WHAT DRIVES HIM. WANTING TO KEEP OTHER FAMILIES AWAY FROM THAT PAIN. >> I THINK BOXING IS THE BEST OUTLET TO MATCH WHAT THESE KID DEAL WITH IN A DAILY BASIS OUT ON THE STREETS OUT TREHE >> WHEN SOMEBODY IS FIXING THEIR HEAD GEAR AND STUFF THAT’S WHEN I KNOW I GOT THEM GOOD REPORTER: STUDENTS LIKE 13 -YEAR-OLD CASSAN FAMER ARE GIVEN A DIFFERENT OUTLOOK ON LIFE. >> I WANT TO USE THIS TO GET MONEY AND SPEND IT ON MY FAMILY REPORTER: IT’S IN THIS GYM WHERE YOUNG PEOPLE LEARN WHEN YOU ON THE ROPES YOU JUST HAVE TO KEPT FIGHTING. >>U JUST HAVE TO KEPT FIGHTING. YOU’RE GOING TO GET KNOCKED WNDO ARE YOU GOING TO GET UP AND KEEP FIGHTING? GULSTAN: FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE PROGRAM AT FLAWLESS BOXING OR TO SEE ANY OF OUR PREVIOUS SAVING OUR CITIES STORIE

Saving Our Cities: Former professional boxer is using what he knows best to reduce violence in Sacramento

Updated: 6:44 PM PDT May 12, 2022

Brandon “Flawless” Gonzalez knows a little something about taking a punch.”We’ve all been through setbacks,” he said. “We all have been through hard times, adversity, but it’s what you do with what you’re faced with.”Gonzalez was once a world super-middleweight title contender. After his career ended seven years ago he opened Flawless Boxing on Broadway in Sacramento with a goal of giving kids a puncher’s chance at success.”I wanted to give back to my community,” he said. “I knew how to do that through boxing.”Three times a week kids lace up their gloves to duck away from the dangers of the streets.”It’s definitely better here,” said 13-year-old Cassan Farmer. “The best part is it doesn’t get you in trouble.”Gonzalez knows far too well the dangers of the streets.”My wife’s father was a victim of violence,” he said. “He was murdered. She’s still affected to this day. We’re still affected as a family.”That’s what drives him to want to keep other families away from that pain.”I think boxing is the best outlet to match what these kids deal with on a daily basis out on the streets out there ,” Gonzalez said. “You’re going to get knocked down. Are you going to get up and keep fighting?” This story was produced as part of Project Community: Saving Our Cities. The series airs on KCRA 3 and online Monday through Friday the entire month of May each night during the 6 pm News. We’re focusing on those working to make our communities safer and help our youth thrive, especially in neighborhoods facing social and economic disparities. Here are more stories from the Saving Our Cities series: The reality of crime. Is it headed up or down?Mother, father start scholarship in honor of son killed in shootingSacramento nonprofit teaches young girls self-love through art’Saving one life, one cast at a time’: Man turns life around, now uses fishing to keep Teens away from violence

Brandon “Flawless” Gonzalez knows a little something about taking a punch.

“We’ve all been through setbacks,” he said. “We have all been through hard times, adversity, but it’s what you do with what you’re faced with.”

Gonzalez was once a world super-middleweight title contender. After his career ended seven years ago he opened Flawless Boxing on Broadway in Sacramento with a goal of giving kids a puncher’s chance at success.

“I wanted to give back to my community,” he said. “I knew how to do that through boxing.”

Three times a week kids lace up their gloves to duck away from the dangers of the streets.

“It’s definitely better here,” said 13-year-old Cassan Farmer. “The best part is it doesn’t get you in trouble.”

Gonzalez knows far too well the dangers of the streets.

“My wife’s father was a victim of violence,” he said. “He was murdered. She’s still affected to this day. We’re still affected as a family.”

That’s what drives him to want to keep other families away from that pain.

“I think boxing is the best outlet to match what these kids deal with on a daily basis out on the streets out there,” Gonzalez said. “You’re going to get knocked down. Are you going to get up and keep fighting?”

This story was produced as part of Project Community: Saving Our Cities. The series airs on KCRA 3 and online Monday through Friday the entire month of May each night during the 6 pm News. We’re focusing on those working to make our communities safer and help our youth thrive, especially in neighborhoods facing social and economic disparities.

Here are more stories from the Saving Our Cities series:

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