(Editor’s note: According to Garrobo’s trainer Anthony Rosales, Garrobo did not compete Wednesday in the “Last Chance Qualifier” because she was not feeling well.)
The Olympic dream still flickers for Alexa Garrobo, of Peralta.
The 21-year-old boxer will step in the ring for the “Last Chance Qualifier,” starting Saturday, Sept. 9, in Pueblo, Colo. If Garrobo wins the tournament, she will earn a berth in the Olympic Trials in December and a chance to qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.
“I’m very excited,” Garrobo said. “Representing Team USA would be amazing.”
Garrobo boxes at 125 pounds and carries an 11-2 amateur record.
“I’ll have to be mentally prepared to fight five days in a row,” she said. “You just have to push through it.”
The next few months will dictate the boxing future for Garrobo, who is trained by Anthony Rosales. Wherever her Olympic travels take her, a professional boxing career is on the horizon.
“We have some promoters looking at some dates, but I’m not ready. I’m not ready yet,” Garrobo admits, adding, “This is just another step in my journey.”
Mike Powers spent more than 40 years as a television news and sports anchor, mostly in the Albuquerque market. He has won numerous awards including New Mexico Sportscaster of the Year. He covers a wide range of sports, including the Valencia County prep scene.