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Gym trains stars, offers youth haven

Robert Garcia provides structure, outlet to help kids in heavily Hispanic community

Originally Published: October 4, 2012
By Carlos Irusta | ESPNdeportes.com

Robert Garcia is widely considered one of boxing's best young trainers, cornerman to current and past champions Nonito Donaire, Brandon Rios, Marcos Maidana and Antonio Margarito, and owner of a successful gym in Oxnard, Calif. But like so many involved in the sport, his beginnings were decidedly humble.

Born in San Pedro, Calif., Garcia was barely 2 years old when his family resettled in Oxnard -- about a 1½-hour drive along U.S. 101 up the Pacific Coast -- where he has lived ...

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