Teaching the 'Right Moves'
A local youth boxing club that stresses lessons like focus and discipline now has a local celebrity to help mold young lives.
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"The objective of our program is to try and give kids discipline and focus."
The mission at Right Move Boxing Club, is simple: use fighting to help kids find their way.
"We're not out to make nobody pro. If they want to go pro that's fine, but it's just to enhance them with their life skills," said Marcus Parker.
Parker began Right Move Boxing seven years ago, giving Rochester kids the same chance he once had.
"Because it helped me out of the streets. You know, it brought me back to reality -- the discipline and focus of it all."
At the makeshift gym on Cady Street, boxers say those lessons are pounded home daily.
"Some just run to the streets, but me, I like to be in the gym, keep doing positive things, and have an education," said Ricardo Almenteros.
Education is key. No boxer is allowed to participate unless they prove they're on top of academics.
"Some come in here good, and they've been good from the start, but we get some come in here, and they conform because of boxing," Parker said.
And if they ever doubt the validity of those values, they have a strong local example to look up to.
"I would like to be like him one day," said Almenteros.
"Every time he comes to the gym, man, it's magnificent," Parker said.
Willie Monroe Jr., raised in Rochester, now an up-and-coming professional boxer himself.
"It kept me off the streets, I learned a lot of discipline, and the discipline I learned through boxing influences other areas of my life: my spiritual, my personal," he said.
For these young fighters, life may be an uphill battle. But keep fighting and climbing, and they know eventually, they'll come out on top.