years after walking into the famed Wildcard Boxing Club with nothing
but a recommendation from a rehabilitation counselor, California Golden
Gloves Champion Zachary “Kid Yamaka” Wohlman will make his professional
boxing debut on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at Oscar De La Hoya’s Fight
Night Club at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.
Born in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, Wohlman's
challenging life experiences have proven conducive to finding a career
in the boxing ring-- a lack of family structure, military school in
Texas, “behind-the-barn” boxing matches across the border in Mexico,
finding himself working on an oil rig to support himself at age 17,
along with unfortunate brushes with the criminal justice system.
Wohlman, however, turned his life around with the help of a
personal renaissance with his Jewish roots. Through rehabilitation,
discovering his faith and finding forgiveness, he also found purpose and
direction. And, as fate would have it, a promise made by the counselor
from the halfway home where Zac resided led Wohlman to Freddie Roach and
the Wildcard Boxing Club. The iconic trainer of the world’s greatest
pugilists would continuously throw Wohlman into the den of undefeated,
unfazed, and undisputed lions of the boxing world. And the young cub,
as he had grown accustomed to with every obstacle during his so-called
childhood, would always lick his wounds and come back for more.
“The first day when I put him in over his head a little
bit, he didn’t complain…he didn’t ask who these guys were…he just got in
there and did his best,” recalls Roach. “He kind of got his ass
kicked a little bit but he showed up the next day and has been showing
up and improving ever since…and that’s a sign of a good fighter.”
Carefully studying and learning from Roach, co-trainer Eric
Brown, and the Who’s Who of boxing royalty at Wildcard, Wohlman built
his own repertoire of world class boxing skills. After amassing an
amateur record of 18-4, winning the California Golden Gloves, and
holding his own with some of boxing’s best, Roach and Brown felt it was
time for Wohlman to turn pro.
“Zac is a solid boxer/puncher with the intelligence to adapt
and adjust to styles as well as learn from mistakes,” says two-time
World Champion, Paulie Malignaggi. “I spar him every camp and he has
improved every time I have been back.”
The dark days for Zachary Wohlman are behind him now but
will never be forgotten. A bright future begins this Thursday, December
1st as “Kid Yamaka” makes his right of passage into the professional
ranks of the boxing world. With continued hope, determination and a
World Championship as his ultimate goal.
Tickets to the professional boxing debut of Zachary “Kid
Yamaka” Wohlman can be purchased by going to www.bashboxing.com, through
Ticketmaster, and the Golden Boy Promotions websites. Oscar’s De La
Hoya’s Fight Night Club will take place on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at
Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. First bout is at 7pm.
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