By Jeremiah Johnke
Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange 

Passion for kids has kept Montoya in the gym


January 5, 2023

Alyte Katilius, Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Ray Montoya, a longtime Cheyenne boxing coach, poses for a portrait in the South Side Sluggers' Boxing Club in Cheyenne on Dec. 7, 2022.

CHEYENNE - Ray Montoya passed by what he thought was an abandoned building when he walked to his grandmother's south Cheyenne house after school each day. One afternoon, the 7-year-old Montoya peeked his head into the building and saw boys hitting punching bags. 

"I asked Clyde Jacoby what was going on, and he told me it was a boxing club and asked me if I wanted to join," Montoya said. "It looked pretty cool, so I ran home and asked my mom if I could do it. "... Boxing was never something I had to be forced to do. I loved it. I'd walk to practice, ride my bike or catch rides with buddies...

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