(San Diego, CA) - As far as junior welterweight Emmanuel "Renegade" Robles is concerned, boxing saved his life. Along with two older brothers, Emmanuel was raised by a strong single mother but Robles heard the call of the streets of southeast San Diego early and by the age of thirteen he already had spent his first stint in the county's Juvenile Hall. Joyrides in stolen cars, petty crime and street fights were an every day occurrence for the teenage Robles but at the age of seventeen, he decided to make a change so that Christmas his mother gave him the gift that would change his path.
A membership to a local gym.
With his street fights as experience to draw from, the "Renegade" learned the sport quickly despite starting late and a year later, he met the trainer who he credits for much of his success, Ernest Johnson. Together they amassed a respectable 35-9 amateur career that bore fruit with the 2008 PAL National championship at 141 pounds. Robles also went on to win the 2009 southern California district Golden Gloves and the Desert Showdown tournament the same year. He also reached the quarter finals in the U.S. National tourney as his last hurrah in the amateur ranks.
The married father of three went pro in late 2010 with a unanimous decision over Luis Sanchez. The boxing stylist lined up three more wins including two by knock out. In early 2012, Robles faced fellow San Diegan Adrian Vargas in what he considers his toughest fight to date. The popular Vargas owned a win over Robles in the amateurs but for Emmanuel the four rounder in the pro ranks wasn't to exact revenge, "I was having trouble getting on fight cards and we knew Vargas would be a tough fight in which we could showcase our skill. We wanted to show that we have the talent to be a world champion."
Despite being in his hometown, Robles stepped into hostile territory as the pro-Vargas crowd chanted their favorite's name through out the twelve minutes of action. In a classic match up of boxer vs. brawler, Robles controlled the majority of the action with quick footwork and even quicker hands as Vargas tried to use brute force to impose his will. In the end, the judges saw it a majority draw in a fast paced battle that many saw Robles easily take it.
On the strength of that performance, Bobby D Presents extended a promotional contract to Robles.
Since then, Robles has kept winning with meaningful victories over experienced veterans Jaime Orrantia and Adolfo Landeros as well as being called by current welterweight champion Timothy Bradley and Mexican 2012 olympian Oscar Molina for sparring in preparation for important bouts.
Robles is now ready to step up the competition to look for a regional title on his way to a world championship.
The San Diego fighter faced off with Landeros in his first fight of the year going six toe to toe rounds with the fifty-six fight veteran. At the end, Robles walked away amidst the crowds applause with a hard fought decision in a bout that many want to see again.
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