Sherman Oaks (Jan. 16) - Southern California's undefeated super featherweight prospect Juan Funez (3-0, 1 KO) who takes on Auburn, Washington's local favorite Marcelo Gallardo (3-0) on January 24th at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington is working with the big boys in anticipation of his bout. Trained by his uncle Ricky Funez and assisted in the corner by Joe Goossen at the world famous Ten Goose Gym, Juan took this training camp to a very familiar location in preparation for his upcoming bout, Big Bear Lake.
It all started in 1989 when Larry Goossen, brother of Joe and Dan Goossen, was looking for a place where world-class fighters could have a secluded and high-altitude (6,744-feet) camp in preparation for their upcoming bouts --- Big Bear Lake turned out to be the answer. It instantly became a second home to Joe Goossen trained fighters, and a young Ricky Funez.
Oscar De La Hoya enjoyed Big Bear as an up-and-coming pro, along with other world champions Rafael and Gabriel Ruelas, Michael Nunn, Greg Haugen, Shane Mosley, Reggie Johnson and Michael Moorer were all some of the first fighters to choose to train in the seclusion of Big Bear.
For the young Funez, he had heard all the great stories and successes training in Big Bear, but living it has been another thing. "It has given me a whole different perspective of what training is really like when you're a world champion," said Juan. "My uncle and Joe talk to me all of the time of what it takes to be a world champion and how you have to live boxing every minute of every day, but to see it with Gennady and Mike (Perez, heavyweight contender) up here in the mountains just pumped me up that much more."
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