This week our Face of Northeast is Jerry Morales, a former boxing coach and referee.

Morales refereed boxing for 55 years and fought at the annual Golden Gloves Tournament. He fought in eight professional fights and won all eight.

Originally Morales lived in the Westside before moving to Northeast.
Morales recalls asking his father for $500 in order to buy the house he currently lives in.

“He asked what I needed $500 for and I said for a home,” Morales said. “He gave me the $500 and it took me five years to pay him back.”

Morales has lived in that same house for the past 56 years.

When asked what his favorite part of Northeast is, Morales said everything.

“I just love the Northeast, there’s no place like it,” Morales said. “The people here, they’re friendly.”