Lou Savarese, Head Trainer
Former heavyweight champion of the world, Lou Savarese competed against five world champions during his impressive boxing career, including Mike Tyson, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield and the upsetting knockout of Buster Douglas in 1999 to retain the IBA Championship.
As an amateur boxer, Savarese won the New York Golden Gloves Championship in 1985 and 1986 along with two national titles. It wasn’t until he lost in the quarter finals of the 1988 Summer Olympics to Riddick Bowe, who went on to represent Team USA, that his professional career would begin. With a professional record of 46 wins, with 38 of those being knockout wins, and 7 losses, Savarese attracted a wide-spread following of boxing enthusiasts due to his talent and charisma. It was once said during a fight in Madison Square Garden that there was not one wise guy left in New York because they were all watching him fight.
Savarese did not limit himself to a career inside the ring. He parleyed his boxing fame into a stint in a Hollywood career. With roles on television shows such as The Sopranos and Law & Order, Savarese also played the role of a killer on the big screen in the horror movie Knock Knock. Aside from his acting career, Savarese was unlike most of his peers due to his involvement in the business side of boxing as a successful promoter. He is a versatile man that can talk about his trials and tribulations with the likes of Don King, Bob Arum and HBO executives.
Promoting over 300 professional fights in Houston, Savarese’s passion for boxing is what keeps him in the game. Growing up in a predominately Italian family in New York, Savarese continues to live by his mother Carol’s example of putting family first and always enjoying a big Italian meal with your loved ones.
Joseph Espinoza, born and raised in Houston, Texas has been competing and coaching in the sport of boxing and muay thai for 8 years. He has trained under several world renowned coaches and champions including Lewis Woods, Dwight Pratchett and Michael Corley. Joseph has also built his fair share of champions on the pro and amateur circuit. He has won several championships and national tournaments which then led to him being selected to the 2015 US National team. Given the opportunity to represent his country, he earned a bronze medal against the world’s top talent. After having the honor of fighting for his national team, and seeing the elite level of competition that brings, he’s used that knowledge to help coach a handful of teammates to reach that stage as well.
Michael Chase Corley is the owner/head coach for Houston Muaythai and has fought on the highest platforms of Muaythai with over 30 professional fights spanning over eight countries. Michael’s most notable accomplishments are competing in the sports mecca, Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok and the Toyota Muaythai Marathon Thailand. As a seasoned veteran in the Muaythai community, Michael is the epitome of the American Muaythai fighter having lived in Thailand & competed among the best in the world. Michael's involvement with USMF started after earning his Bachelor Degree in Sports Management from Texas A&M University. In 2007, 2008 and 2009 he was selected as an athlete and then became a manager of the team in 2010. In 2016 he coached the USMF Team in Sweden and the USMF Pan American Team in Peru. After being elected President in 2016 the USMF brought its first Junior USA Muaythai Team to Bangkok, Thailand for the IFMA Junior World Championships. The team earned a USA record 10 medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 6 Bronze.
Bob Perez has been involved with combative sports for nearly his entire life. Being introduced to boxing at the age of 8, Bob grew up in the sport of boxing, and was competitive as a teenager. A graduate of the University of Houston, he stepped away from boxing in 1992, when he began his studies as a Biochemical Science major. However, as fate would have it, in 1995, Bob was asked to be a sparring partner for a long time friend who was preparing for a ,what was then called, a "no holds barred fight". It was that day, that he became a student of Muaythai, Brazilian jiu jitsu, and MMA. Twenty- three years later, he is still a student.
Bob began coaching professionally thirteen years ago and has produced, or assisted in producing over 60 champions, and 7 world champions in the sports of Muaythai and mixed martial arts. Bob has trained many fighters at the highest level, and is the trainer of the current, number 4 heavyweight in the world. He has cornered more than 500 fights on 4 continents, has been named Texas mma coach of the year on multiple occasions, and striking coach of the year ( co recipient) three consecutive years. He had the best selling Martial arts DVD of 2013, and also had his own column in the international publication, "TAPOUT" magazine.
Bob is one of the most sought out striking coaches in the United States, and even gets mentioned in the new UFC video game by EAS. He plans to teach and train athletes for the rest of his life, and takes extreme pride in knowing that he has helped people change their lives for the better.