The United Community Center (UCC) Boxing Program currently has 200 members under the age of 18. Members come from throughout southeast Wisconsin. Over the past 45 years, we’ve built a world-class program, led by Israel “Shorty” Acosta, a member of the U.S. Olympic Boxing coaching staff and a representative on the 1984 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team.
In 2000 and 2016 Israel was also a member of the U.S. Olympic coaching and training staff. Israel has assembled a dedicated team of assistant coaches and parents who help to instill dedication, perseverance, and character in the youths as they find their voices through athletic pursuits. Several junior champions and contenders competed for a spot on the 2016 USA Olympic Boxing Team, nearly reaching their goal.
This program continues to be one of the most successful athletic and youth development programs in Milwaukee. The program not only trains participants to be champions in the ring, but also champions in life. Through hard work and dedication our athletes not only learn the fundamentals of boxing but develop positive work ethics and improved self-esteem.
The UCC Boxing Program is sponsored by Catholic Financial Life.
Staff Contact Information
General questions: Email us!
Head Coach: Israel "Coach Izzy" Acosta
Assistant Coach: Angel Villarreal Jr.
Media Relations and Marketing Manager: Anna Tietgen, email@example.com
In the News
- Angel Villareal Jr. grows Milwaukee Boxing. Read more from Our Esquina
- UCC boxer, Javier Zamarron is an up and coming boxer to watch in Milwaukee. Watch the TMJ4 Feature
- Meet the 14-year old female boxer who's shaking up the sport's future. Today Show featuring Violet Lopez
- USA Boxing duo, Israel and Dora Acosta, keep hundreds of kids off the streets. Read more from USABoxing.org...
- Olympic boxing gets a taste of Milwaukee. Read more from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...
- Olympic hopeful, Luis Feliciano, fights for his dream and his community. Read more from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...
- Luis Feliciano, an Olympic hopeful and recent college graduate. Read more from Fox6...
- Luis Arias returns to his hometown, headlining at the Wisconsin Center. Read more from OnMilwaukee... or Read more in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel...
- Shorty Acosta stands out in his boxers lives. Read more from the Spokesman Review...