Boxers to invade RSHS
ROCKINGHAM — Mario Olivera wants to give the people of Richmond County a small sampling of boxing and hopes it leaves them wanting more.
Olivera, the coach and founder of The Dungeon Boxing Club in Rockingham, has organized an evening of boxing beginning at 5:30 Saturday at Richmond Senior High School.
“We will have about 15 to 20 fights that night,” Olivera said. “I wanted to do something different here. There are plenty of other sporting events going on around here. I want to bring something like this to the area at least once a year. Maybe twice.
“I want to open the doors to the community so they can see what boxing is all about. I hope they will support their kids in the community. I’ll like to see 4o0, 500 people there. I went to Wadesboro, Laurel Hill, Southern Pines as far away as I could go in my limited time.”
At this time, five or six boxers from The Dungeon are expected to compete Saturday, but Olivera cautioned he is unsure if all of them will be able to be paired up with an opponent.
Olivera added he believes there will be boxers from around the area as well as the region at the event.
“I think a team from Charlotte, Philly and Georgia will be here,” Olivera said. “I am hoping there will be teams from up and down the East Coast. There will be good teams here. It should be a really good show.”
Olivera said the club is using the event as a fundraiser to purchase a van or small bus for road trips. Olivera understands the club is taking a risk, but believes it will pay off in the end. So far, the group has spent approximately $3,000 on building rental, ring rental and other expenses.
“It’s a big gamble because it is money that was all ready raised,” Olivera said. “People donate equipment to us, but we need a vehicle to travel to all of these national competitions with our boxers. Right now, we travel to these events in two or three cars. I want to take the team. It’s time for us to move up.”
Tickets are $10 at the door and concessions will be available. Members of The Dungeon Boxing Club will present medals to local participants in the Special Olympics.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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