Tito Ocasio, the owner of John 3:16 and 17 Boxing Club in Ocala Florida, is a former Florida State champion boxer who once doubled as an enforcer for the Latin Kings gang. like most gangsters, Tito Ocasio ended up in jail. It was during a stint in prison that Ocasio decided to change. “I came to life in prison,” Ocasio said. Tito left the Latin Kings shortly after his prison bid and decided to give back to the community by opening his own boxing gym.
Many of the boys and girls Tito trains are from low-income households. The gym, John 3:16 and 17 Boxing Club, has become a sanctuary to these high risk kids. It is a place where they learn about themselves. The kids learn discipline, accountability, and hard work.
Tito’s gym not only caters to so-called delinquents, the facility also attracts serious fighters who are looking to reach or stay on top of the food chain. For instances, Tito’s roster includes champions like Antonio Vargas and Gamalier Rodriguez.
“We make champions here,” Ocasio says. At John 3:16 and 17, fighters train physically, emotionally and spiritually. He counsels them when they’re in need, and works with them to make better fighters and human beings.
In this episode of the Catching Wreck Podcast, Tito talks about the strategies he uses to motivate and improve the athletes that walk through his door.
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Music: Apache by The Incredible Bongo Band.