Brandon Trejo heads to the gym to get in his work each day. It’s a routine that he is used to, going back 13 years, since the days he was boxing as an amateur.
Even when he is on vacation, he hits the Napa County Sheriff’s Activities League gym on the second floor of a building at Napa State Hospital. Even during the Christmas holidays, he will find the time to get in a daily workout.
“I’m constantly at the gym. I keep everything consistent,” Trejo said before a training session Friday night. “It’s hard work. I’m really enjoying it. Thirteen years of this, I better be enjoying it.”
Trejo, 21, turned professional last year after a highly decorated amateur career, during which he competed at local, state, national and international levels over a 12-year span. He was a gold medalist at the 2012 USA Junior World team trials. He joined Team USA and went on to represent the U.S. at the Junior World Championships in Kiev, Ukraine.
“Every time I step into that ring, I don’t even think about anything,” Trejo, a Napa native, said. “I just go in there with that clear mind-set – I’m here to win. I’m very, very confident.”
Trejo is in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. (Los Angeles County), working with his manager, Danny Zamora, as he gets ready for his next fight. Trejo will take a 3-0 record into a four-round bout against an opponent still to be determined on a Thompson Boxing Promotions card in Salinas on April 14.
He will use the next 2 ½ weeks to increase the intensity of his training, with a schedule that includes running, conditioning, sparring and other work. He returns to Napa in late March.
“It’s a very, very good camp,” said Trejo, who works at Carneros Resort and Spa as a barista. “I’ve been training here at home. Now it’s to polish everything up and to sharpen everything, I’m going to go down there and get a lot of really, really top, top-quality sparring, just as I should before a fight. It always helps.”
“That’s one of the key things – you should know that you’re ready and prepared. As soon as we hit this camp, I’ll be even more prepared.”
“When it comes to grind time, you get all the dirty work done in the gym. And then when it comes fight time, it’s fun. You’re supposed to have fun in there – that’s the whole point. I have 150 percent confidence. I know what I’m able to do, what I’m capable of achieving in the ring.”
Trejo won his pro debut last May, a unanimous four-round decision over Pablo Cupul of San Diego, a journeyman fighter, on the undercard of Thompson Boxing Promotions’ show at the DoubleTree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. The bout was in the super lightweight division. Trejo weighed in at 135.8 pounds.
Trejo continued his career by winning on a Thompson Boxing outdoor card at Omega Products International in Sacramento last July. He won a four-round unanimous decision over Devin Parker of New Orleans in the lightweight division. Trejo, who weighed in at 133 pounds, won on all three of the judges’ scorecards. Two of the judges had it 40-36 for Trejo. The other judge had it 39-37 for Trejo.
He won by technical knockout in the third round of his lightweight bout last October at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. The referee stopped the bout, scheduled for four rounds against Carlos Apodaca of Mexicali, Mexico, at 1:21 of the third round. Trejo weighed 131.7 pounds.
The 5-foot-6 ½ Trejo has gained additional experience and learned something new from each bout so far.
“From the first fight, I took a little bit of that and it taught me, ‘Don’t underestimate any opponent,’” he explained. “They can all fight. Be ready for whatever comes at you.”
“Now, coming into this camp, we’ve been working on changing everything up – changing up styles, changing up positions, getting more of an advantage on your opponent. It’s really, really coming together and I’m starting to see that pro style adapt into my everyday boxing and training. Everything is coming together slowly.”
Trejo’s longtime trainer is Oscar Ortiz, the police chief of American Canyon. Also helping out are Brandon’s father, Ricardo Trejo, and Brandon’s uncle, Gerardo Trejo.
Zamora has been involved in training and transitioning Trejo from amateur to professional boxing. “I can see a big difference between him being an amateur and going pro, and having the three fights,” said Ricardo Trejo. “I can see him maturing more as he goes, as the more fights come along, and the experience. I’m pretty sure he’s going to get much, much better. He’s been looking very sharp in sparring.”
“Right now, the thing that we’re trying to work with him on is just being a little bit more aggressive, throwing more power punches. It’s just working on some of the power. He has very fast hands. He’s very quick on his feet. He has a very nice sharp left hook to the body and to the head. He’s pretty good all the way around.”
Trejo started out in boxing at the age of 8 with the Sheriff’s Activities League. He is a 2015 graduate of Valley Oak High School.
Trejo was a two-time State of California Silver Gloves champion, winning those championships in Los Angeles. He was a National Silver Gloves finalist (Kansas City, Kansas) in 2009.
He won National PAL titles in 2010 (San Antonio, Texas) and 2011 (Oxnard, Calif.)
He was a National Junior Golden Gloves runner-up in 2010 and 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Boxing fans can follow Trejo on Twitter @btrejo66, on Instagram @teamtrejo, and on Facebook at Brandon Trejo.