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"...It's either him, or me..."

Senior Airman Kenneth De Jesus-Cruz, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron cyber transport technician, dodges a punch thrown from Angel Garcia of Advocates Boxing during the Golden Glove tournament in San Antonio, Feb. 19, 2013. Cruz won this fight in a 3-2 decision. (Courtesy photo)

Senior Airman Kenneth De Jesus-Cruz, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron cyber transport technician, dodges a punch thrown from Angel Garcia of Advocates Boxing during the Golden Glove tournament in San Antonio, Feb. 19, 2013. Cruz won this fight in a 3-2 decision. (Courtesy photo)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- "Every time I go in the ring I still get nervous but once I get hit with the first punch, the nervousness disappears. It's either him or me.

I decided to start boxing as a self-defense. Ever since then I've fallen in love with the sport and I've been boxing for the Air Force for four years now. In 2012, I fought against Marine and Army boxers and won the Armed Forces Boxing Championship. It feels amazing to represent the Air Force doing what I love."

Senior Airman Kenneth De Jesus-Cruz, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron cyber transport technician

Hometown: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

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