I was first introduced to boxing as a young child through the Chicago Park District. Unfortunately, time and distance made competing during my childhood impossible. After college, I began a career in law enforcement where I have had the incredible opportunity to serve in several facets of policing, including but not limited to homicide, human trafficking, sex related offenses and finally where I have spent the majority of my career in narcotics. During my time working in narcotics, I have had the opportunity to do under cover work, as well as, work with other task forces and ultimately becoming a federal task force officer (TFO) myself with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). During my career, I have been honored to receive Letters of Commendation, the Cook County Award of Merit for Excellence in Law Enforcement and Police Officer of the year in 2015 from Schiller Park. During my career I have received extensive training in defensive tactics as well as, studying the Martial Art of Kempo in my early years.
Over the past several years, my intense passion for boxing resurfaced. I began to train recreationally at Hyper Fitness, Pugs boxing, and finally finding my home at Curran MMA in Crystal Lake and meeting my future business partner Doug Mango. I trained with Doug for several years and began to help Doug with his competitive fighters whether it be holding mitts, general fitness, or working corners. My passion and love for boxing and combat sports in general continue to grow. I am now fortunate to have this opportunity to partner up with Doug and introduce Mango Combat Sports. Our goal and mission is, to create a gym with a family atmosphere that fulfills everyone’s combat sports and fitness needs. From the seasoned veteran on our fight team to the first day novice, we will strive to treat everyone with respect and the dedication they need and deserve to not only reach, but to surpass their every goal.