Napa boxer Brandon Trejo was back in the gym for a workout on April 16, two days after his last fight and his first loss as a professional.
“He didn’t really miss a beat. He showed up to work Monday and he worked hard. That says a lot,” said Trejo’s longtime trainer, Oscar Ortiz, a captain with the Napa County Sheriff’s Department and also the police chief of American Canyon.
“I can’t say it was like nothing happened. Nobody likes to get their first loss. He was a little emotional over it. It bothered him.”
Trejo (3-1, one knockout), who trains out of the Napa County Sheriff’s Activities League gym at Napa State Hospital, lost by unanimous decision to Bogar Padilla of Ensenada, Mexico in a four-round bout in the lightweight division on a Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions card at Salinas Storm House. The three judges scored it 39-36, 39-36 and 38-37 for Padilla (1-1).
Trejo weighed 131.5 pounds for the bout. Padilla weighed 131 pounds.
“I haven’t stopped training since my last fight,” Trejo said Tuesday night. “I couldn’t let the loss get to my head. A lot of people will let the loss take over their whole mental state, and that pretty much affects everything. I didn’t want to let that happen. I didn’t want to fall into that trap. I wanted to proceed to do what I do.
“I wanted to keep going and pushing on with my career and further it, because I know my potential and I know what I’m made of. And that’s why I stepped it up for this fight.”
Trejo will fight on Saturday’s card, which is sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission, at Salinas Storm House. Billed as “New Blood,” the card is presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Banner Promotions and is sponsored by Everlast, according to thompsonboxing.com. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The first bout is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Trejo will face Mario Franco (0-3) of Tamaulipas, Mexico in a super lightweight bout at 135 pounds. It is scheduled for four rounds. Weigh-ins are on Friday.
“I feel mentally prepared and physically prepared,” said Trejo, 21.
Trejo is expecting a large following of fans, about 70 altogether, to make the trip to Salinas.
“I’m ready to see all my fans out there – family, friends, everybody,” he said. “It’s going to be a good show.”
Due to Ortiz being out of town for much of the summer due to work commitments, Trejo has been working closely in the gym with his father, Ricardo Trejo, and uncle, Gerardo Trejo.
“His dad and his uncle have been a big part of this training camp,” said Ortiz. “I think he’s going into this fight with something to prove. He’s been working hard. He looks pretty strong. His body looks physically the best it’s ever looked.”
Trejo was knocked to the canvas as he got caught with a left hook and then an over-hand right by Padilla late in the first round – the first time he has been knocked down in his career, either as a pro or amateur.
“I knew I was behind,” said Trejo, has a contract for this week’s fight. “I fought my heart out for that fight. That whole fight was a brawl. The guy and I were there to bang it out, because I had no choice. I had to go in there and try to knock him out to get the victory.
“True champions learn from their losses and they move on.”
Said Ortiz: “It was a very exciting fourth round. It didn’t turn out the way we wanted to. But it wasn’t for lack of effort.”
Trejo won his pro debut in May of 2017, a unanimous four-round decision over Pablo Cupul of San Diego in Ontario, Calif.
Trejo continued his career by winning a four-round unanimous decision over Devin Parker of New Orleans in the lightweight division in Sacramento.
He won by technical knockout in the third round of his lightweight bout 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 turned professional 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.
Boxing fans can follow Trejo on Twitter @btrejo66, on Instagram @teamtrejo, and on Facebook at Brandon Trejo.