USA Boxing Packs Punch in Second Event

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Isaiah Torres and trainer Ralp Espinoza in between rounds Saturday at La Gente/USA Boxing’s Fathers Day Bash at Ricochet in Imperial.

IMPERIAL – Over the past week the Imperial Valley took a pounding from the early summer heat, but it wasn’t the only pounding as USA Boxing hosted its second event in the Valley on Saturday.

For the second time in consecutive months, USA Boxing hosted an event in the Valley with the first coming in Calexico, and the second hosted by Brawley’s La Gente Boxing Club at Ricochet Rec. Center.

The Father’s Day Bash headline proved to be a fitting one as boxing fans, fighters and their families that attended the event provided an excellent atmosphere that pulsed through the young fighters in every matchup throughout the night.

“It was a great event, and went pretty well for not being here for a couple years,” said San Diego and Imperial Valley USA Boxing LBC 44 president Hondo Fountain.

The action packed night consisted of 12 USA Boxing sanctioned amateur bouts scheduled for three rounds, with fighters representing fourteen different boxing clubs throughout the Imperial and Coachella valleys, San Diego and Yuma counties.

“The kids were spirited, did the right things, and knew the rules,” Fountain added.

Along with serving as president of the San Diego and Imperial Valley section of USA Boxing, Fountain also serves as a fight referee and judge. He is also hoping to bring more official USA Boxing action to the valley in the future.

“We’re all family, a part of the LBC 44. We want to come out here and do it the right way. We want to get Imperial Valley with San Diego, they’re a part of us … get together and do it right.”

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