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Mexican-born Erick De Leon came to America as an 8- year-old, and picked up boxing while living in Detroit with his family. A successful amateur career caught the attention of U.S. boxing which marked him a candidate for the 2012 Olympic team. However, his family never followed through on its initial attempt for citizenship, but now that De Leon finally secured his citizenship, he may not make the team. Renowned trainer Emanuel Steward of Detroit’s Kronk Gym has also noticed De Leon, claiming he’s one if his city’s best ever.
“I’ve been watching Erick De Leon since he was10 years old. The amateur program in Detroit has never had a boxer as good as Erick — he has won more national championships than any boxer in the history of Detroit. He has a beautiful style, and most people expect him to be the next big superstar in boxing. The fact that he is born in Mexico makes it even better because the Mexican fans are the greatest in the world.” — Emanuel Steward, legendary Detroit boxing trainer