Pro Boxer’s Philanthropy Takes Hard Hit From COVID-19

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonian’s usually spend Easter Sunday going to church, attending a family BBQ and cracking cascarone’s on one another.

Nevarez puts on Easter event at Brackenridge Park each year
1,000 people usually attend
Event was canceled this year due to coronavirus

However, for many Texans this year, Easter is going to be spent in quarantine, including for professional boxer Dagoberto “Brown” Nevarez.

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Nevarez has won seven of his last eight bouts. He was forward to his next fight on March 28 but an unlikely opponent changed all of that.

“It got rescheduled because corona hit the same week, so it got rescheduled to June 13,” Nevarez says.

It seems unlikely that the fight will happen on that date because coronavirus hasn’t peaked in Texas yet.

“All that money and training, it’s almost depressing, it’s, it’s overwhelming,” he says.

Nevarez also owns Texas Taboo Tattoos, a tattoo shop on the Northwest side of town.

“Clearly it stopped us from working. We haven’t worked for two weeks. We are on lockdown, so there’s no money coming in,” Nevarez says.

Turmoil is nothing new to Nevarez, who grew up in the foster care system, a circumstance that inspired him to host a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway and a community Easter egg hunt.

“So we ended up doing it at Brackenridge Park. It was 400 people, 500 people and then a 1,000 people showed up,” Nevarez said describing his event.

Patricia Campozano has been an attendee of the Easter event for years and she believes it offers positive vibes.

“I bring my kids here every year. This is the first year that they ask, ‘is Brown going to do it this year’ and I said no,” Compozano said standing in an empty Brackenridge Park.

Campozano and her father make and sell cascarones, a traditional her late mother started.

Every year she donates cascarones to Nevarez for his annual event. Campozano says she’s glad she could help provide fun.

“Kids make me feel better. They are clearly the future. They are the next doctors, the next lawyers. They are the next police.,” Nevarez says.

That’s why Nevarez wants folks to adopt a healthy lifestyle, which he says has allowed him to persist.

“All I can do now is encourage kids and adults. Stay healthy, stay healthy. Keep your health up. Keep your mental health healthy, and we can overcome anything,” Nevarez says.

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