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PAL to host state boxing tournament

October 25, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

Anyone in need of a boxing fix can have their habit satisfied this weekend as the El Central Police Athletic League will host a state boxing tournament at Ryerson Youth Center starting Saturday.

"We're expecting a lot of teams," said El Centro PAL athletic director Jorge Muñoz. "We already have over 100 fighters registered and we could get walk-ins as well. We're expecting to have at least 70 to 80 fights a day."

The fighters will take part in an elimination round Saturday and fight for weight class championships on Sunday. Each day of fighting will begin at 1 p.m. and run until conclusion. Muñoz said that might be as late as 11 p.m.

"You're going to see somewhere from 50 to 100 fights (a day)," added Muñoz. "You'll be watching the best in California. These are kids who have 70 to 80 fights and some of them will probably go pro."


There will be close to 20 local fighters taking part in the event as well. The boxers will be in age classes 8-9 years old, 10-12, 12-14, 15-16 and 17-22. USA Boxing will sanction all bouts and will set the match-ups on Saturday. For just $5 per day, fans will certainly be able to get their fill of the sweet science of boxing.

Muñoz said that El Centro PAL was happy to host the statewide boxing event, which usually takes place in Long Beach.

"This is a real big tournament," he said. "Long Beach couldn't get the officials in time and nobody else had the manpower to do it. We've hosted professional fights before so we knew we could do it."

Winners from this tournament will be eligible to participate in the PAL National Boxing Tournament to be in Kansas City, Mo. on Nov. 12-17. The winners of the national tournament then get a shot at the Olympic boxing try-outs.

Matches will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. The cost is $5 for adults and everyone under 17 is admitted free of charge.

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