SILVIS — New to Silvis is "Terronesauris REX," the founders of which aspire to help aspiring boxers in life as well as the ring.
Carlos Terrones has turned the garage at his home on the corner of 14th Street and 18th Avenue into a gym where kids who share his passion for boxing can work out and train.
He said he hopes they learn more than boxing, things like pride, manners and self-control. "I hope to get kids off the street so they won't take their frustration out on other people. It's something to do instead of sitting at home, too."
Co-founder Nick Rexroad, a Golden Gloves champion, said boxing is "a way to do good for yourself."
Mr. Terrones, 30, boxed earlier in life, competing for the first time in September 2010. While his competitive career was shortened by a torn ligament in his arm, he encourages others to get into the sport.
Since there are so many more aspects to boxing than throwing jabs and making sure to "bob and weave," it can feel really rewarding to have made a lot of progress, he said.
Mr. Terrones, with help from the neighbors, turned the garage into a heated space and furnished it with the necessary equipment, from punching bags to weights.
"I'm lucky to have people to help me," said Terrones. "People believe what they see, and I want people to believe in me. I want to help."
Mr. Rexroad, the co-founder of "Terronesauris REX" shares the goals.
Mr. Rexroad, who graduated from Moline HIgh School in 2008, has boxed for seven years and won his class at Golden Glove tournament in Chicago in 2009. He placed multiple times in Ring Side and Title, and helps young boxers learn and sharpen their skills.
Mr. Rexroad' said his personal history taught him some important lessons he is eager to pass on.
"I used to go out looking for trouble. (Boxing is) a way to do good for yourself. It's a way to build confidence about yourself. I wish I had gotten into it earlier."
The efforts by Mr. Rexroad and Mr. Terrones get encouragement from Jorge Tapia, the owner of Menos Ink, 832 15th Ave., East Moline.
"It's important that local people get involved in the community not to earn a buck but to change something in our youth. I've always wanted to help our youth and I'm glad Carlos is out there doing something."
Mr. Tapia also is responsible for solid sponsorship of local boxers.
Mr. Terrones said he wanted to "thank my wife, Claire, and my son, Emilio, and everyone else that takes pride in boxing as much as I do."
About Terronesauris REX
- Terronesauris REX” will be taking in 10 to 15 students at a time. Members will be given one week free of charge and following that, at $5 an hour, boxing training will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, cardiovascular and muscle training from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
- Private lesson training is available at negotiable times and prices.
- Students will be expected to supply their own gear such as gloves, hand wrap and mouth guard.
- No student will be allowed to enter the ring for competition through the United States Boxing Commission until he or she has completed at least six months of training, for safety purposes.
- For more information call Carlos Terrones at (309) 428-8537. “Terronesauris REX” is at 1807 14th St. Silvis.
Today is Sunday, Aug. 31, the 243rd day of 2014. There are 122 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: The Chicago and Rock Island Railroad will carry all who wish to attend the Chicago convention for half fare — that is, full fare to Chicago and return free. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Hardy Hetter, for several years yardmaster in the Burlington Railroad yards in Rock Island and Moline, was transferred to Beardstown. He was succeeded here by J.E. Albrecht. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Corn was estimated at 50 percent of the normal crop in Rock Island County by Crop Correspondent Thomas Campbell. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Robert Carroll, 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Farr Carroll, of near Aledo, won the grand championship of the Mercer County baby beef show with "Fat Stuff." 1964 -- 50 years ago: About 250 persons attended the first in a series of horse shows at the Hillandale Stables off Knoxville Road near Milan on Saturday afternoon and evening. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Ground was broken this morning for the $4.5 million Rock Valley Business Park near Rock Valley Plaza, Rock Island. The first building is 17,000 square feet for offices and a warehouse and should be completed by Dec. 1.