Cleto Reyes History

Cleto Reyes History: Cleto Reyes Castro was born on April 26th 1920 in Mexico City, in the midst of the reconstruction period after 10 years of revolutionary struggle. Because of the hard times his family was facing, Cleto began to work at the age of 12 in a saddlery where baseball gear was manufactured. In 1936 while he attended elementary school, his huge love for boxing was born as the “Peralvillo Cozumel Arena”, was in front of his school. In 1938, Cleto Reyes participated in an amateur fight, his performance was so outstanding that the public ended up throwing coins into the ring floor; however, the pounding was so hard that he was convinced not to fight again. He chose, instead, to mend the gloves he had used during the fight and this was the beginning of his career in glove manufacture.

Subsequently his gloves obtained the approval of the local boxing commission (COMBOX DF), and in 1945 the Cleto Reyes gloves were used in a world championship fight for the first time on “La Condesa Arena”, in the fight between the second Mexican Champion, Juan Zurita Vs Ike Williams. This was a very relevant year in Don Cleto’s life since that was the year he decided to become independent, always counting on his wife and children’s support.

Cleto Reyes History
In 1965, he had his first commercial representative in Los Angeles, California; and began distributing his products in the most important cities of the United States and some other countries.

In 1970, during a time in which Don Cleto’s health was in delicate conditions, his son Alberto Reyes joined his father’s efforts with a strong entrepreneurial vision. In 1975 his son, decided to register CLETO REYES as a trademark, and founded Industria Reyes S.A. de C.V. in 1979.

Nowadays, Cleto Reyes products have a prominent place in the international market and are exported to five different continents with the approval of the main world organizations. The company has received important recognitions such as Mexico’s National Exports Award in 1994 (Granted annually by the Mexican Trade and Industry Department to distinguished Mexican Companies, and many others).

In the beginning the need, later a great passion for boxing, and finally his dedication to his job were the factors that inspired Don Cleto Reyes Castro to devote his life to boxing.

Some famous users of his gloves are the Mexican champions Julio César Chávez, Mike Tyson, Sugar Rey Leonard, Oscar de la Hoya, Manny Pacquiao (influenced by Julio César Chávez), Laila Ali, Pernell Whitaker, Muhammad Ali. The latter used them in fights such as the one he faced Leon Spinks. The brand also appeared in the Rocky film saga when used by Sylvester Stallone.

Over the years Cleto Reyes started producing headgear, boxing bags, paddles, high precision training gloves and much more.

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Fairtex History


Fairtex was founded by Philip Wong, who practiced Muay Thai as a hobby. Fairtex became the #1 brand in Thailand and Mr. Wong wanted to give back to the Thailand community. This was realized when a Fairtex Muay Thai camp in rural Bangplee, 25km outside of Bangkok, was built. Fairtex was able to help young Thai men stay off the streets, stay off drugs and build a life through Muay Thai. Many of the innovations found in Fairtex’s products are a result of testing products for decades in the Bangplee camp.


As the Fairtex camp began producing champion fighters, Mr. Wong became a Lumpinee Boxing Stadium Promoter. Many people do not know that Mr. Wong helped bring international fighters to Lumpinee. Such fighters included Don the Dragon Wilson, Ramon Decker, Ivan Hippolyte, and Jongsanan “The Wooden man” Fairtex.


Fairtex Bangplee Muay Thai Camp was one of the first camps in Thailand to allow foreigners and women to train Muay Thai. Mr. Wong was not satisfied with only having Muay Thai in Thailand, he wanted to bring Muay Thai to the USA. Mr. Wong established Muay Thai camps in Arizona and California in the 1990’s. Today Fairtex products can be found throughout the world and are regarded as the best products on the market.


All of Fairtex products are meticulously engineered and crafted. Fairtex engineers work with fighters to produce the best Muay Thai products in the world. Thailand is the harshest environments on Muay Thai products. Most Thai fighters in Thailand train outside in very humid and hot weather up to 2 times a day. Training sessions are usually over 2 hours long with products being drenched in sweat, blood and tears. You can rest assure that Fairtex products will protect you and your training partners.

Today people from all over the world come to the Fairtex Camps in Thailand.

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