Dedication, Skills: Oakland 12-Year-old Boxer Headed to Junior Olympics

David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, of Oakland was ranked the No. 1 boxer for his age and weight in 2015 by USA Boxing. He's now headed to the Junior Olympics in June. He trains at his father's gym, Lightning's Boxing Club.

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Lisa Fernandez
"Boxing is just what I do," said David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, of Oakland at Lightning's Boxing Gym. The 6th grader at Westlake Elementary School is training for the Junior Olympics in Texas in June. May 19, 2016
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Kris Lopez
David "Dynamite" Lopez is "locked and loaded" with his boxing uniform at his father's gym, Lightning's Boxing Club in Oakland.
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Kris Lopez
David "Dynamite" Lopez (center, red shorts) poses with Team Use in Puerto Rico at the national championships. 2015.
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Kris Lopez
David "Dynamite" Lopez smiles after he won the national title of Puerto Rico. 2015
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Kris Lopez
David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, of Oakland poses with Warriors' Steph Curry after an Andre Ward boxing match at the Oracle Arena. March 26, 2016
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Kris Lopez
David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, of Oakland sits with boxing champion Andre Ward. Ward defeated Sullivan Verra in the fight. March 26, 2016.
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Kris Lopez
Champion boxer Andre Ward spars with David "Dynamite" Lopez at Lightning's Boxing Gym in Oakland. Ward ended up punching the 12-year-old boxer in the nose. May 18, 2016
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David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, shadow boxes at Lightning's Boxing Club in Oakland. May 2016
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David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, of Oakland jumps rope at Lightning's Boxing Gym. The 6th grader at Westlake Elementary School says he loves everything about boxing except his strict diet: No hot chips. May 19, 2016
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Lisa Fernandez
David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, and his dad, Kris "Lightning" Lopez outside their Oakland boxing club. Lopez is trying to raise enough funds to get his son to the Junior Olympics. May 19, 2016.
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Lisa Fernandez
Kris "Lightning" Lopez points at a photo where his 12-year-old son, David "Dynamite" Lopez beat Floyd Mayweather's protege, Floyd "CashFlow" Diaz, in a boxing match. May 19, 2016
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Denielle Allen
David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, and his mother, Denielle Allen.
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Denielle Allen
David Lopez, 12 and brother Daniel Lopez, 20
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Lisa Fernandez
David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, of Oakland grabs a jump rope at Lightning's Boxing Gym. The 6th grader at Westlake Middle School is training for the Junior Olympics in Texas in June. May 19, 2016
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Lisa Fernandez
David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, trains in Oakland at his father's gym, Lighting's Boxing Club. David was ranked the No. 1 boxer in 2015 by USA Boxing for his age and weight category. "Boxing is just what I do," David said. May 16, 2016
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Lisa Fernandez
Boxer Jasper "Smooth Jazz" McCargo stands with David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, in front of Lightning's Boxing Gym in Oakland, Calif. May 19, 2016
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Lisa Fernandez
David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, laces up before training at Lightning's Boxing Club in Oakland. May 19, 2016
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Lisa Fernandez
"Boxing is just what I do," said David "Dynamite" Lopez, 12, of Oakland at Lightning's Boxing Gym. The 6th grader at Westlake Elementary School is training for the Junior Olympics in Texas in June. May 19, 2016
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