Our Boxing Coaches
Robert Paramo, better know around the boxing gym as "Chappie," has served as the Head Coach and Director of the Azteca Boxing Team since 2003. He began coaching with Azteca in 1978 when his two sons Gene and Jimmy begun boxing for Azteca. "Chappie" has had his hand in coaching thousands of athletes that have participated in Azteca Boxing. He got his start in Boxing when he trained locally at the former Lone Wolf Athletic Club. Before retiring, he worked as a United Way representative for the UAW. Chappie finds reward for his years of service in the memories that he shares with the athletes and knowing that he has steered them on the right pathway in life.
Robert Wright has been an Boxing Coach with Azteca since 2008. Prior to coaching, Robert boxed for Azteca for over 10 years and fought numerous fighters who went on to contend for world titles as professional athletes. In addition to coaching, Robert also serve Azteca as a 5k Organizer, Fundraiser, Registration Associate, Event Match-Maker and Webpage Coordinator. Robert is the Vice President of Genesis In-Home Care, an organization that provides care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Robert Wright was selected as a member of the 2018 Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40 class, one of 40 individuals L. Brooks Patterson recognizes for their innovation, talent and leadership.
Todd Dekinderen recently relocated back to Michigan and is returning to his roots at Azteca, but this time as a coach. Todd began training at Azteca at age 7 and had his first boxing match at age 8. Boxing became a lifelong passion for Todd, competing with Azteca until enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. While enlisted as a Marine, Todd was a member of the All-Marine Boxing Team and in 2017 he was inducted into the All-Marine Boxing Team Hall of Fame. Todd is now a recruiter for the Michigan Army National Guard.
Brad Wright has been involved in boxing in numerous capacities since the 1980's and has been an Azteca Coach since the 2000's. Brad's sons Robert and Stephen both boxed at Azteca (Robert now coaches as well). His start in Boxing came as an boxing official where he served both amateur and professional boxing in Michigan. As an official, Brad has judged the top fighters in the world including Thomas Hearns, Mike Tyson, Floyd Mayweather and many others. Brad also served as the chair of the Michigan Boxing Commission for a time and ushered in much-needed change to the laws governing professional boxing in Michigan. Still, coach is his preferred title because watching new boxers develop skills and confidence is what excites Brad most about the sport of boxing.
Mauricio Ortiz started his journey in boxing as a young athlete, boxing for the Azteca Boxing Team. As a fighter, Mauricio competed for several years even competing in tournaments at the national level. Maurico recalls on his experience as an athlete as he works with those he is now coaching. Mauricio is a Mexican immigrant and bring bilingual skills to Azteca, helping us to reach members of our community that speak Spanish only. When he is not coaching, Mauricio works in the construction industry as a commercial truck driver.