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National boxing champion Palomino is currently rehabilitating from injury Nicholas Gasparro | Fri, Apr 20 2012 12:02 PM

Since winning the 2011 Junior Golden Gloves national championship title, Bonita Vista High School student Homer Palomino has hit a slight bump on the road after being diagnosed with arthritis in both knees that could put his future career in jeopardy.

Doctors have told Palomino that they have never seen someone with this problem at such a young age.
“I was really upset when I found out about my condition because right after I was invited to a tournament in Tahiti, I had to turn it down because of the injury,” Palomino said.

Doctors have told Palomino that therapy can be a short-term solution to his injury but that there would be no guarantee that the pain would not come back. The long-term solution is to have surgery to cut the cartilage in his knees, but that would put a stall on his boxing for one year.

“For right now I am doing exercises on my knees, hoping they will get better soon,” he said, “but I look at this in a positive way in (it being) a long rest I have deserved.”

Palomino has circled May 11-15 on his calendar. They are the dates for the 2012 Adidas Pound National in Los Angeles where Palomino is expected to box fighters around the world.

“I really hope my knees feel better in time for the next tournament because it is a national title opportunity and missing that because of my injury would be devastating,” he said.

Not only is the decision to fight up to the doctors, but once Palomino gets the OK, he has to loose 13 pounds to get to the 106-pound limit before the fight due to the lack of training because of the injury.

“Losing 13 pounds is certainly something I have never done before, but I would do anything to loose those pounds in order to fight in this tournament,” Palomino said.

As to whether he can make quick and healthy recovery from his injury in time for the May tournament, many people in the community are supporting Palomino through these difficult times he is going through.

“I would like to thank everyone who has been supporting me through out the years,” he said. “I hope to make a quick recovery and come back soon to my boxing career and win the title not just for myself but for everyone back home.”

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