Despite his undefeated record, youth boxer Eric Sosa has been able to keep his boxing accomplishments quiet.
He's pleased to be 14-0 the last three years, maybe 15-0 after Throwdown In Motown V on Saturday at the Maddux Youth Center, but he's also not comfortable drawing attention to himself. Sosa boxes because he likes it and because he's good at it, not for fame.
The youngest son, and one of six children of Ramiro and Estella Sosa, Eric, 14, is a freshman at Central Valley High in Ceres. He started training with the Modesto Police Activities League at 11, showing trainer Louis Jordan some instinct for the sport.
"His style, he's not a slugger, he's really a boxer," Jordan said. "He'll pick you apart. He's one of those kids who's got natural ability. He's just got to sharpen his punches."
Sosa, a 110-pounder, qualified for the Junior Olympics in Fresno on April 20. The Junior Olympic National Championships are in Marquette, Mich., from June 16-21. Sosa seems to be building steam.
A lefty, Sosa said his best fight was in October, when he felt like he did everything right against an opponent from Bakersfield.
"I controlled it," Sosa said. "I fought my own style.
"I like my left hand. That's my power punch. It gets 'em every time. It's what keeps me in there."
Sosa carries a 3.6 grade point average, and is particularly happy about his math class with favorite teacher Lynn Pistante. He trains at the Modesto Police Activities League's gym in the Maddux Center every day after school for about 90 minutes.
A fan of hip-hop music and television comedies, Sosa said he gave up soccer to train. But, he admits, he wasn't very good with the ball. His favorite boxer is Eric Morales, who Sosa said is a smart boxer, too.
He said his family supports his boxing endeavors, but his brothers don't love boxing the way he does.
"For them it's just a sport," Sosa said. "For me, maybe a way of life. I don't know. It's something I like to do. I see myself in boxing for awhile."
Throwdown in Motown V starts at 3 p.m. Tickets at the door at $10. For more information, call 996-4024.
Bee staff writer Kelly Jones can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2300.