El Centro PAL to host pro boxing

February 12, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

The El Centro Police Athletic League won't be pulling any punches as it hosts its first professional boxing match with a title bout.

Coachella's Antonio "Toño" Diaz (33-3) will defend his International Boxing Association Intercontinental junior welterweight championship belt against Mexicali's Agusto "Venenoso" Games (26-5) in the main event on a card that will include seven matches. The matches start at 11 a.m. Feb. 18 in the El Centro PAL Ryerson Youth Center, 1100 N. 4th St.

"We're hoping this, being our first time, we'll have a good turnout and we hope to put on a good show," said Lori Abiña, development director for El Centro PAL.

Abiña said the money raised from the event will benefit the PAL boxing program, which has grown from 20 members to 53. It will be used to buy equipment and a new boxing ring and help the other PAL programs.


Local fighters participating will include Sammy Figueroa (3-0) of Calexico and Frankie Valenzuela (5-2) and Pelon Muñoz (24-4) both of Mexicali. A women's match will pit Vanessa Lopez (26-2) of the El Centro PAL against Arlene Diaz, record unavailable, of Brawley PAL. The names of other fighters on the card were not available.

"I'm excited because we're getting good feedback from the community. Diaz has a huge following from Coachella and people are buying tickets like crazy," Abiña added.

The main event will be televised nationally by Univision (Channel 7 locally) on its Sunday brunch boxing show. It will be blacked out in the Imperial Valley.

Tickets are $35 for ringside, $25 for reserve seating and $15 for general seating. Tickets are available at PAL offices in Calexico, El Centro, Imperial and Westmorland, at Lou Lange's Music Bar, 541 Main St. in Brawley, Phat Beat Records, 481 W. Main St., El Centro and La Fonda Restaurant, 548 Broadway, El Centro.

Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 370-8549.

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