Some say you can't teach an old dog new tricks but don't tell that to 28-year-old Bryan Gonzalez whose been back training at Southside Boxing Club since January after an 11-year hiatus from the sport.
"It's always been a dream of mine to box," said Gonzalez when asked what drove him back to the gym. "I started by winning the KO Drugs tournament when I was 17-years-old at Chaney and had two amateur fights after that".
Gonzalez, who helped gym owner and trainer Jack Loew with the move back to the Erie Street location for his Southside Boxing Club by doing the wall work knows he needs to get moving if he's going to take his boxing to the next level like he desires.
"I know time is against me but I'm hoping to get enough experience and turn pro".
The getting enough experience has been the hard part for Gonzalez who traveled to two amateur shows over the summer only to have his opponent no-show.
"It's frustrating and I'm so anxious to fight that I will fight anybody".
So with no fights under his belt since his return to the gym, where does Gonzalez see himself?
"I'm learning quickly and have been in there with some pros sparring," said Gonzalez. "I'm learning so much from Jack and Vinny [O'Neill], they got me moving my head and learning to take my time in the ring".