It’s not easy to report a loss, but I must mention that Danny Vaz da Costa lost his last two fights. In March, Danny lost to Yusif Saleh, the 2015 and 2014 champion, in the first round of the 2016 Chicago Golden Gloves. At the Copa Acopil III in April, he lost to the Potosino team captain, Kevin Zamarripa.
Sadly, Danny’s closest training partners also lost their last bouts. In the case of FLO Boxing teammate Raz Gavriluti, it was the Golden Gloves 152 lbs semi-final bout against Andres Lopez. Evan Perrault lost the 141 lbs final to an old rival in Kahleel Mosley.
The three elite amateur boxers felt these losses deeply and thought about the fights for a long time. Eventually they helped each other find the motivation to train hard again. And it was the hard work that finally allowed them to feel better and move on. What’s past is past. What matters now is the next fight.
While Raz will take some time to fully recover from a hand injury, Evan will travel to Indio, California, with Danny in July for the Desert Showdown, one of the largest amateur boxing tournaments in the US.
Before that, Danny will fight Ariel Bello of the Rumi Maki gym at the Ring of Dreams III event (see flyer above) in Chicago on June 16th. Danny and Ariel have fought before, and the rematch will be worth seeing.