WH athlete earns third national title

Abdin Lopez, Zee Zamora Jr., and Rufino Cabrera pose after winning fights at the Sugar Bert national boxing championships in Kissimmee last week.

WINTER HAVEN – Zee Zamora Jr. is a 12-year-old Winter Haven athlete who recently won his fourth straight state amateur boxing championship and third national Sugar Bert Boxing championship in his age and weight class.

Zamora has also won two Junior Olympics championships. Next up for the champ is a chance to win his third silver gloves championship in West Palm Beach in mid-December.

“I want to keep doing this for years,” Zamora said.

At 110 pounds, Zamora is a scrappy, quick fighter who is trained by his father Zee Sr. and Marco Fazzini, co-owners of Group Winter Haven Boxing, housed on Avenue G in Inwood.

Once he turns 13, and if he continues to excel in the ring, Zamora would be eligible to travel the world with the Team USA Boxing Junior Olympic team. At age 16 he would qualify for a golden glove championship and possibly represent the county in the Summer Olympics someday.

To make this happen, Zamora trains Monday through Friday for at least two or three hours.

Three other Winter Haven athletes fared well at the Sugar Bert Championships in Kissimmee last week. Brandon Moore, 24 of Winter Haven, won his second Sugar Bert Championship belt. Rufino Cabrera, 10 of Davenport, and Abdin Lopez, 11 of Kissimmee, won non-sanctioned fights.


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