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From Black and Blue to Blue Steel: Retired Boxer, David ‘The Weezel’ Estrada, Joins the CPD!

by on Dec.31, 2016, under Boxing News

By Juan C. Ayllon

 

David 'the Weezel' (sic) Estrada proudly shows off his certificate (photo courtesy of David Estrada)

David ‘the Weezel’ (sic) Estrada proudly shows off his certificate (photo courtesy of David Estrada)

CHICAGO, December 31, 2016 — It was his dream.  For years, he trained, he applied to numerous departments, tested and tested again.  And yesterday, it finally happened — Chicago’s former middleweight boxer, David “The Weezel” (sic) Estrada, was officially sworn in as a police officer at the Chicago Police Headquarters at 35th and Michigan Avenue.

Elated, he posted the following message and photos on his Facebook page:

 First of all, I would like to THANK #GOD #ALMIGHTY for this day to happen along with my #FAMILY (MAMI/PAPI, WIFE Francie Bulger-Estrada, SISTERS Mary Vorobeychik & Adalene Lee, My BROTHER Joel Estrada, my #BFF Frank Castle “A.K.A.” Dan Ruzicka and ALL my Facebook FRIENDS for NOT giving up on me while HELPING me make one of my DREAMS come true!!!

David and Francie Estrada.

David and Francie Estrada (photo courtesy of David Estrada).

 

David with his longtime buddy, Dan Ruzika (photo courtesy of David Estrada).

David with his longtime buddy, Dan Ruzicka (photo courtesy of David Estrada).

David Estrada is officially sworn in. (photo courtesy of David Estrada).

David Estrada is officially sworn in. (photo courtesy of David Estrada).

 

Photo courtesy of David Estrada.

Photo courtesy of David Estrada.

Standing 6′ 1″, the lanky Estrada fought as a professional boxer at 160 lbs. from 2002 to 2008, accumulating a record of 12 wins (nine by way of knockout) and 11 losses. Numbered in those losses were such killers as Peter Quillin (who won the WBO Middleweight title in 2013 and lost to Daniel Jacobs for the WBA belt (Jacobs faces Gennady Golovkin on March 18th for a title unification bout)), James Kirkland, Renan St. Juste, Ishmail Arvin, and Elvin Ayala — all on short notice. An amiable man, Estrada worked full-time as a security guard, was trained by George Hernandez and was self-managed.

David Estrada rips the body of Bruce Rumbolz en route to stopping him inside six rounds in November 2007 (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

David Estrada rips the body of Bruce Rumbolz en route to stopping him inside six rounds in November 2007 (photo by Juan C. Ayllon)

Now weighing 180, 20 lbs. over his middleweight limit, the 40 year old Estrada confided yesterday, “I would like to fight one last fight.” However, he also acknowledged that boxing isn’t something that you do part time, adding that taking care of his adopted son, Cuyler, was his top priority.

Speaking over the phone, Estrada talked on motivation, his son, fatherhood and his mother being there for him.

 

On Motivation

“Whatever you do in life, don’t take ‘no’ for an answer, no matter what anyone tells you.  Don’t stop believing, and just do it.  It’s never too late,” he effuses.  “I hope that what I did motivates people to pretty much tell you that it’s never too late, you’re never too old.”

David Estrada, at right, stretching with Glen Peavy at Real Exercise Gym in Waukegan, Illinois.

David Estrada, at right, stretching with Glen Peavy at Real Exercise Gym in Waukegan, Illinois.

It’s a matter of perseverance and staying positive, he maintains. “You have to believe in yourself, because if you don’t believe in yourself, then no one else will.

“ You’re always going to have haters that say you can’t do it, you won’t do it,” he entreats.  “ I’m not going to lie; I had friends tell me that.  But you know what?  I used that as motivation.  It drove me.  Like I say, I’m a fighter and that’s when it comes out.  They said, ’You can’t do it’; You won’t do it.’ and I did it.”

 

David Estrada with Cuyler just after adopting him (photo courtesy of David Estrada).

David Estrada with Cuyler just after adopting him (photo courtesy of David Estrada).

On His Son and Fatherhood

“Cuyler turned four on September the 21st. I adopted him four years ago in North Carolina from Angel Adoption,” he says fondly.  “He’s adopted, but he’s my son. (Editor’s note:  You can read more about their adoption experience at:  https://www.angeladoptioninc.com/newborn-adoption/success-stories/david-francie/)

Cuyler now.

Cuyler now.

“And that’s another reason.  That’s a part of my motivation:  It’s all about him, now.  I want my son to have a good future and am going to continue to be his father . I just want to be there for him because my dad wasn’t there for me.  And I don’t want to turn out like that — and I’m not going to.  My dad was in my life to age 12; from there on out, he took off.”

 

David Estrada with his mother at the induction ceremony.

David Estrada with his mother at the induction ceremony (photo courtesy of David Estrada).

On His Mother Being There for Him 

“My mom was my dad and mom,” Estrada asserts.  “They say, ‘how can your mom be both mom and dad?’ Well, you know my mom played daddy. It may not seem possible, but believe me, she did.  She played mommy and daddy.”

He shared his thankfulness for those that stuck by and supported him and thanked me for my letter of recommendation.

 

David Estrada has tacos with his best friend, Dan Ruzicka, and me at a hole-in-the-wall in  Round Lake Beach circa 2006 (photo by Juan C. Ayllon).

David Estrada has tacos with his best friend, Dan Ruzicka, and me at a hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant in Round Lake Beach circa 2006 (photo by Juan C. Ayllon).

On a personal note, I had the pleasure of getting to know him well, interviewing him numerous times since his upset knockout win over Shay Mobley at the DePaul Athletic Center on June 18, 2004.  That night, I penned the following on the final round of their thrilling battle:

David Estrada, at left, in another win versus Kenny Gould (photo by Jorge Bravo).

David Estrada, at left, in another win  versus Kenny Gould (photo by Jorge Bravo).

In round six, Estrada landed a huge right that knocked Mobley back several steps, and pressured, but Mobley countered and momentarily thwarted his surge. However, Estrada continued to box smartly behind a high guard and repeatedly jarred Mobley. A big hook precipitated a frenzied rally of lefts and rights that knocked down and rendered Mobley, for all practical purposes, disabled from further combat. He tried valiantly to get up, collapsed and rose again. Looking into his eyes, the ref waved off the fight at 2:04 into round six. It was an electrifying TKO victory for Estrada.

A photo of David Estrada, back when he trained me circa 2006, sits atop my fireplace mantel next to a photo of my wife and me when we got engaged in my man cave .

A photo of David Estrada with me, back when he trained me circa 2006, sits atop my fireplace mantel next to a photo of my wife and me when we got engaged in my man cave  (photo by Juan C. Ayllon).

A few years later, I was trained by Estrada at Glen Peavey’s Real Exercise facility in Waukegan in 2006 and attended his wedding to his longtime girlfriend, Francie Bulger, in 2007.  I worked out again with him again — this time with my stepsons on a winter break — and had him and Francie over to our home shortly after I was married in 2011.  He is a good friend and, as such, I am very proud of him.  With all the violence in the streets of Chicago,  we need more good guys like him to help bring peace and order.  Congratulations, David, and Godspeed.

David Estrada proudly displays his certification from the Chicago Police Academy (photo courtesy of David Estrada).

David Estrada proudly displays his certification from the Chicago Police Academy (photo courtesy of David Estrada).

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