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BROTHERLY GLOVES

10/10/2008

Kelly Pavlik's success has revived Youngstown's amateur fight scene. Exhibit A: the Salinas brothers—(from left) Juan, 15; Alejandro, 13; Julian, 12; and Pedro, 9—who trainer Jack Loew says are among the best young boxers in the country.

Juan
Age:
15
Record: 35-14
Notable: Three state Junior Olympic titles, three regional Junior Olympic titles, second in National Junior Olympics, second in national Silver Gloves
Loew's Take: "Juan reminds me a ton of Kelly. He watches Kelly and idolizes Kelly, and he's the closest thing I've seen to him at this age. He boxes beautifully and the power is coming. He's going to be a great pro."

Alejandro "Popo"
Age:
13
Record: 26-4
Notable: Four-time state Junior Olympic champion; four-time regional Junior Olympic champion; two-time national Silver Gloves runner-up
Loew's Take: "Popo reminds me of Manny Pacquiao. He throws 200 punches a round, and he stops people. He fought the Pennsylvania state champion in a fight show in September and he stole the show. He's the whole package."

Julian
Age:
12
Record: 8-3
Notable: State Junior Olympic champion; regional Junior Olympic runner-up
Loew's Take: "Julian is fun to watch. He's the wild one. He's got a world of talent, and at 85 pounds he punches harder than Popo. He just lacks experience now."

Pedro
Age:
9
Record: 4-1
Notable: State Junior Olympic runner-up in first tournament
Loew's Take: "Pedro is the cutest thing in the world, like a little bug. He's a 60-pound whirlwind. Out of his five fights, he's stopped his opponent twice, which is very rare for a 9-year-old."