By Michael Morris
Vacaville boxing product Ivan Vergara, 20, has created a name for himself by making an impact in the face of his opposition.
But as of late, the greatest impact Vergara has made is in the lives of Markham Elementary student Nate Latta, 9, and his mother Carrie.
“If you have the ability to help someone, you should help them,” Vergara said. “It’s not something you think about, it’s just something you do.”
When the school year first started, the Vacaville mother and son found themselves at a fork in the road. With a child on the way and Nate no longer able to take boxing lessons at the Georgie Duke Center, her son was barreling down a path set for juvenile hall, or worse. His grades were at an all-time low, he consistently disrespected his mother, and he was caught bringing a knife to school.