Boxing legend hangs up the gloves

Boxing legend hangs up the gloves

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It's said when you love your job you never work a day in your life and that is true for a Lubbock boxing legend who does his best work from the corner. 
For 63 years Rufus "Kido" Carillo's been teaching the martial art on the north side as well as life skills outside the ring. 

"I love boxing; I've been doing it for all of my life," said Carrillo. 

Kido said his boxing career started back at the Guadalupe park and when he was brawling with rival neighborhood kids he was then noticed by a trained boxer, Angelo Rosendo. 

"He seen me out there fighting some other guys from some where and he told me hey your good, why don't you join the boxing club." 

Kido was hesitant at first but soon gave in he later than met Jack Helme the man who he said changed his life. 

"He got more interested in me, he worked me harder than anybody else, finally I told him how come you work me so hard than the other guys, and he said I want to make something out of you." 

Kido fought for a few years in and out of state and after learning the ropes he decided he wanted to move on to coaching and a gym of his own.

"So we formed the board of directors and through the help of the Lubbock Independent School district they loaned us a building where we opened up the North Lubbock Boxing Club," said Robert Navarez one of the first board members of the North Lubbock Boxing Club. "We started recruiting kids, and we had a really great turn out and Kido was out there from godly the evening until you know late at night and working with the kids." 

Kido trained and taught young boxers for more than six decades at the North Lubbock Boxing Club and after a long career in boxing he decided to hang up the gloves. 

"It was enjoyable until we got tired, we got old," said Kido. 

He attributes his wins inside the ring to those who believed in him. He was recently recognized for his service to north Lubbock and his boxing career  at a city council meeting. The future of the North Lubbock Boxing Club still remains uncertain and Kido isn't sure if anyone else will step in and take over the squared circle.

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