Quick Chat with Enmanuel Rojas

Feb. 05, 2019, 10:43 a.m. (ET)


With his first week of training camp at the United States Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo. complete, Las Vegas, Nev. native Enmanuel Rojas has a few more practices left to soak in as much knowledge as possible during his first time at a high performance training camp. The younger brother of 2017 Elite World Championships bronze medalist Freddy Rojas, Enmanuel got the call to attend this training camp as a training partner. USA Boxing caught up with him to see how his first training camp experience has been!

When you got the call to come to your first training camp at the OTC as a training partner, what was going through your mind?

I was so excited I was getting an opportunity to get that elite work in and to learn some new things from the coaches here at the OTC! I was already packing my clothes four days earlier for camp!

Did your brother, Freddy, give you any advice or insight on what to expect at a training camp at the OTC?

My brother Freddy gave me a big insight on what was going to be happening at the training camp. Plus I was happy I would be getting the chance to work alongside him!

What are you hoping to gain or learn while in Colorado Springs the most?

I'm hoping to gain a lot more knowledge, boxing wise, such as working on my technique, etc. I’m really thankful I get to work with people who have international experience already.

What has been your favorite thing about your first training camp?

My favorite thing I would say is the training and the cafeteria here at the OTC.

What has been the hardest part of the training camp for you?

I would say the hardest thing here so far is the training.

What is it like having your brother here with you for your first training camp?

It’s great that I’m finally getting the chance to work alongside him again, like when we were younger. Not only that, but he’s been able to teach me new things he’s learned as well in international competitions.

What are your goals for the upcoming few months?

My upcoming goals are to win the Olympic Trials qualifier in Reno, being able to make the high performance team this year, as well as being able to qualify for the Olympics.