Ronny Rios Day!

The Santa Ana City Council celebrated Ronny Rios Day tonight at the City Council meeting. The O.C. Register reported that “Rios, 17, was trying to become the first Orange County boxer to make it onto the U.S. Olympic team. He reached the team trials in Houston last month, but lost an elimination bout on a close decision.”

I am told that Rios was robbed in that close decision and that in fact he should have been declared the winner.

“Rios, a senior at Saddleback High, won the 2007 U.S. Championships and National Golden Gloves. He trains at Santa Ana’s TKO Boxing Club,” according to the Register.

A cake was served to the public, and Rios was awarded certificates from the City Council, and from Assemblyman Jose Solorio and State Senator Lou Correa.

Councilman Sal Tinajero had fun joking with Rios about the fact that Tinajero was once a successful boxer too. Mayor Miguel Pulido asked if Correa was once a boxer as well, and several people in the audience immediately confirmed that.

I spoke to Rios in the Council chambers lobby after he received his certificates. When I mentioned the Orange Juice he immediately mentioned that one of our bloggers was one of his teachers at Saddleback – that would be Luis Rodriguez. Rios mentioned during his public comments that he now attends Knollwood Academy, but obviously he is still very fond of his days at Saddleback.

The Orange Juice team joins the Santa Ana City Council, Assemblyman Solorio and Senator Lou Correa in applauding the accomplishments of Rios and wishing him continued success in his future endeavors.

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