Andre Mosqueda (left) of the King City Boxing Club won the 60-pound weight class at the National Junior Olympics on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas. Mosqueda took time out for a photo with Coach Rodolfo Tapia. (Contributed Photo)

KING CITY — King City Boxing Club’s Andre Mosqueda made the most of his first appearance on the national boxing stage by earning a gold medal.

Mosqueda, 8, was the champion in the 60-pound division at the 2021 National Junior Olympics and Summer Festival in Lubbock, Texas. After winning his match, Mosqueda was interviewed on stage.

“We brought home three places, with Andre winning the gold medal and Aiden Almanza and Miguelito Hernandez placing third,” said King City and San Ardo Boxing Clubs head coach Rodolfo Tapia.

Mosqueda won his championship last Saturday at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. Almanza of King City placed third at 75 pounds and Hernandez of San Ardo placed third at 65 pounds.

Bryan Cruz fought a few matches at 70 pounds, representing the San Ardo Boxing Club. Unable to fight at Lubbock were Grettell Cruz of San Ardo and Kaleb Almanza of King City.

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