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Ontario mentor knocks it out in the ring with passion, poise

Eddie Melendrez is executive director of the Treasure Valley Youth Development Academy. The Ontario-based nonprofit uses boxing to help local kids gain confidence and leadership skills. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

ONTARIO – Eddie Melendrez didn’t get into boxing until he was 18. He was always too scared. It wasn’t the punching or the blood, it was just walking through the door. 

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