Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Boxing event returns to Dade City

DADE CITY — The Dade City Boxing Club presents its second annual Night at the Fights following the 2014 Kumquat Festival on Saturday.

Owner/trainer Salvadore Jaurequi will host amateur boxing teams from Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee and Tampa to compete in 15 events at Dan Cannon Auditorium on the Pasco County Fair Grounds.

"It's a competition to prep teenage and adult fighters in Olympic-style boxing for future Golden Gloves," Jauqueri said. "One of my eight local fighters is 14 year-old Carlos Lopez from Lacoochee. He's undefeated in his last three bouts."

With increased sponsorships and local word-of-mouth, Jaurequi expects another banner event. Last year's fights drew more than 500 spectators.

"People that came were young and old and such a great mixture of nationalities," he said.

The showcase includes a regulation ring, U.S. Boxing Association referees, an entertaining ringmaster and beautiful round-card girls. The pacing is packed with 1-1/2-minute and two-minute rounds punctuated by a pulsating soundtrack.

General admission is $15 and ringside VIP tables of eight remain available for $360. The gate opens at 5 p.m. and boxing concludes at 10 p.m.

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