Meet Armando Sanchez: USA Boxing Candidate for Chair of the Medical and Anti-Doping Committee of World Boxing
by Luke Santangelo, USA Boxing
Armando Sanchez has devoted his life to patients and medicine for over 20 years now. Sanchez began his journey when he decided to get his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Texas at El Paso, before receiving his Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin. Sanchez then went on to become qualified in family medicine.
His journey in being a family physician started in 1993 and he has been a family physician ever since. Dr. Sanchez got involved with USA Boxing a few years later and has been working in tournaments since 1995.
Dr. Sanchez is now running for the position of Chair of the Medical and Anti-Doping Committee of World Boxing. Sanchez has been a member of USA Boxing for the past 29 years and has represented as Chairperson for the Medical Committee for the past 10 years. Dr. Sanchez has been the Team or lead Physician for USA Boxing for many boxing events including Junior World Championships, World Cup of Boxing, Olympic Qualifier, Pan American Qualifier, Pan American Games, Tokyo Olympic Games, Continental Championships, as well as the African Games.
Dr. Sanchez is passionate about the sport of boxing as he has put over a quarter of a century into the sport. Coming up 30 years, Sanchez is adamant on keeping the sport of boxing safe.
“My goal has always been to hold the highest standards of safety for this sport that I so love,” Sanchez stated. “During international tournaments, I have held brief medical seminars for the referees and judges assigned to those events.”
Dr. Sanchez’s impressive resume and dedication to the sport have stood out and separated him from his peers. With his impressive background and resume, Sanchez has high expectations for himself and has a plan to make sure his goal is achievable.
“If elected, I will establish a medical committee to further strive to keep and improve on all safety guidelines in our sport,” Dr. Sanchez stated in his plan for the future of boxing. “My goal will always be to establish certification courses for ringside physicians to keep the highest medical standards in our sport.”
Dr. Sanchez’s potential was noticed by the national federation, and he was then nominated by them because of his dedication, hard work, and enthusiasm for the sport of boxing. Sanchez’s 29 years of working ringside have not gone unnoticed and is thought of very highly by his peers. Sanchez wants the sport to continue to grow and believes the vision he has mapped out will continue to help make the sport safe and grow.
World Boxing will be hosting its inaugural Congress at the Mainacarden Venue in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on Nov. 24-25. This election will be the first election where members will vote for positions such as President, Vice President (VP) of World Boxing’s Executive Board.