Mike Serrano will be inducted into the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame, in the 2023 class, on March 12, along with great boxing figures.

BY RODOLFO ROSALES

Boxing lover, Mike Serrano will see his altruistic work for the good of the fighters crowned, this March 12, at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, when he is inducted into the West Coast Boxing Hall of Fame, in the 2023 class.

Our good friend Mike Serrano will arrive at the venue of the immortals, accompanied by great personalities, who will also be part of the venue, such as George Foreman, Eddie Futch, Sugar Ray Robinson, Manny Pacquiao, Carlos Z√°rate, James Toney, Carlos Ortiz, Ken Buchanan, Eliza Olson, Alvaro Yaqui Lopez, Berry Gordy Jr., Larry Marchant, Jack Reiss, Bob Case, and Gene LeBell.l.

Mike Serrano is the third of four children born to Edwin, from Guatemala, and Ruth, from Germany. He was born in Hollywood California on March 5, 1957.

He grew up in the city of Burbank and graduated from John Burroughs HS in 1975. After HS, Mike continued his college studies and worked as an associate supermarket manager at Gelson's Markets.

After completing LA Valley College and Cal State Northridge, he earned AA and BS degrees in business administration and marketing. In 1983, Mike was accepted into the California Highway Patrol Academy, where he had a distinguished 30-year career as an officer and sergeant.

During his career with CHP, Mike was assigned to specialized details that included protecting three US Presidents, along with several other Heads of State. After being promoted to Sergeant, Mike was assigned as the Southern State Supervisor of the Departmental Protective Services Division, which provides protection to the Governor, the State of California Supreme and Appellate Courts, and other constitutional officials.

HIS ARRIVAL IN BOXING

Shortly after joining CHP, Mike met Norman Lockwood, who was a highly respected figure in the boxing community. Well known as the "glove man", Norman, who was Cleto Reyes' first US distributor, introduced Mike to the sport of boxing.

 From that day on, Mike developed an extreme love and the highest degree of respect for boxing and the athletes produced by the sport. After years of helping Norman in his spare time supplying fighters and fights across the USA and around the world with Cleto Reyes gloves and equipment, Mike purchased Lockwood's Industries from Norman and vowed to carry on the tradition. to respect the sport along with the supply of fighters, trainers. and who with quality equipment from Cleto Reyes.

 For the past 40 years, Mike has been an active and integral part of the boxing community, preserving its history by promoting the sport wherever possible.

As the only surviving board member of the California Boxers and Fighters Fund, which was established to help boxers and fighters back in the day who sustained injuries before medical insurance, Mike continues to help boxers of yesteryear in their time of death. need. Currently, Mike is dedicated to reorganizing and launching the fund to further assist and promote privileged and troubled youth the opportunity to train in a safe boxing environment.

In 2012, following his retirement from CHP, Mike joined Lockwood's Industries in a collaboration with Cleto Reyes USA to expand and promote the brand, making it available to more athletes of all ages and backgrounds than ever before through one exclusive store. Cleto Reyes in Anaheim. Area of which he managed and directed for many years.

Currently, Mike is the Vice President of Sales for Cleto Reyes USA in San Diego, where he continues to support the boxing community along with promoting the Cleto Reyes brand and his love of boxing.