"Azteca de Oro" - The Golden Aztec
Canada's "Mexican Warrior"
(courtesy of Alex Rynn)
THE ALEX RYNN BOXING STORY: by brian zelley
At the present time, ALEX RYNN of Calgary, Alberta,
is a member of Boxing Canada's 2011 National Boxing A Team.
That position was secured in January 2011 at the
Final Team Selection Box-offs. Alex joins other fine young boxers,
such as Kenny Lally and Joey Laviolette. to
represent Canada in International boxing tournaments.
The rise of Rynn as a boxing star can be compared to a fast
moving wind that appears from nowhere and ends up going
far and wide. The important trigger for this journey was 2007
when Alex joined the CALGARY BOXING CLUB at 20 yrs.
Alex began life as Alejandro Torres in a poor neighbourhood in
Veracruz, Mexico and did not catch the active boxing bug until the
age of 18 and for two years it would be a learning experience
by trial and error.
Now in Mexico he is called "Azteca de Oro" - the Golden Aztec,
but for Canadian's, he is our "Mexican Warrior".
Some members of Canada's A Team
Rynn - Ulysse - Lally - Laviolette
(2011 Boxing Canada - Final Team Selection)
2007 - NEW BEGINNINGS - CALGARY BOXING CLUB
For Alex Rynn, joining the CALGARY BOXING CLUB
would be an experience with coach KEVIN MCDERMOTT.
Kevin is remembered as being one of the important coaches
for champion DALE BROWN.
The Preparation - begins in the gym, then comes the preliminary
action before the bright lights and the sound of the opening bell
with the bandaging, gloving and the warm-up before the
long march to the squared circle for glory or regret.
2008 - THIS MAGIC MOMENT - A STAR IS BORN
Alberta Provincial Champion
At a point in time, there is a moment that stands out as a very
important moment. For ALEX RYNN that moment in time
was a victory over experienced boxer SLEMAN USMANEE
in a pre-final bout in the 2008 Alberta Provincial Boxing
Championships. Following that victory,
Alex moved on to the finals and won gold with Norman Bradford
earning the silver medal. But, it was the Usmanee victory that turned
Alex into Alberta's newest boxing star with Western
Canadian and National activity down the road.
From underdog to champion, likely only Alex and his coach
would have believed that the "Mexican Warrior" would prevail.
ALBERTA SENIOR OPEN CHAMPION
2008 Western Canadian Champion - November 2008
Another step in the ALEX RYNN boxing journey towards the
road of excellence was his victory in the Western Canadian
Championships in Edmonton. Alex "Azteca de Oro" scored a one-two
punch with victories over Cam O'Connell and Norman Bradford.
2009 and 2010 HAPPENINGS:
It would be a two year period of Provincial, National
and International competition and regardless of the
results, it was all valuable experience that will assist
in greater experience for 2011 and beyond.
One of the interesting tournaments for that much
needed International experience was the
"Francophone Games" in Lebanon
(An Alex Rynn photo - Francophone Games, Lebanon)
2010 COMMONWEALTH GAMES - DELHI, INDIA
By the time the opening bell was ringing, two of the Canadian boxers would not be on the team.
For Canadian lightweight team member RYNN, the lightweight
division was rich in talent but Alex would have a couple of
victories. In one of the early rounds, the action was first class.
Some of the boxers that shined Tom Stalker, Josh Taylor and Moala.
A Break From The Action - 2010 Delhi
THE TREASURE CHEST OF GOLDEN MEMORIES
Through my eyes, I have seen the progress of Alex in the last couple of years but much of that has been by following the news. Through the eyes of others, they all see or have been part of
the ALEX RYNN boxing story:
KEVIN MCDERMOTT (February 15, 2011) - In discussing the boxing
journey of Alex, two important qualities that Rynn has shown from those
early days- "Determination" and "Hard Work" and the desire to improve.
PAUL P-mac MACKENZIE on ALEX RYNN
.the key point is "hardest working amateur boxer"
Another Goldem Memory
Marc Whelton on Alex
BEYOND TOMORROW - Hopes, Wishes and Dreams
BEYOND THE BRIGHT LIGHTS OF THE RING
A trip To Mexico to visit family and friends
Azteca De Oro - meets - Azteca De Oro
BOXING ALBERTA NAMES ALEX RYNN
"Best Male Open Senior of 2011" in the annual special awards
ALEX RYNN MOVES FORWARD IN 2012
January 2012, Alex regains his National title for another
charge towards the starting gate at the 2012 London Oympics.