The professionals say boxing is a sport of balance, agility and, of course, a good fight. But for Israel 'Izzy' Ramirez, multiple brain surgeries in recent months have meant a fight for his life.
At the grand opening of KBX Gym in Indio, Izzy participated in a workout Friday night as he pushes toward getting back on the football field.
"I'm out here to get some work in and just be the best that I can be," Izzy said. "I'm ready to go."
"You get a full body workout in under an hour and you learn how to kick a little butt at the same time," said professional MMA fighter Steve Swanson, who co-owns and operates the gym with his brother Cub Swanson.
"It's going to help me with my cardio, keep me in shape," Izzy said. "When I'm ready to go back out there, I'll be good."
Swanson said the unique workout goes beyond just boxing.
"It's balance and footwork and it helps you learn these basic fundamentals and how to walk and stand again," he said. "I'm sure it's going to help him."
When Izzy first needed surgery, Swanson said he feared for his life. "Man let me tell you the guy just did not look well."
But he said Izzy's ability to fight has become apparent in more ways than one. "When it comes to Izzy and the fight he's had to go through, there is nothing like that nothing whatsoever," Swanson said.
"It feels good," Izzy said. "It feels good to be around all these professionals and they're teaching me how to do it right and it's amazing. I thank them all."
The KBX Gym's grand opening weekend continues Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with professional fighter T.J. Dillashaw signing autographs.