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Pinellas Park gym set to host prestigious statewide events

The new Arena Boxing Club, located in Pinellas Park, has landed the rights to host the Florida Junior Olympic Boxing Championships and the Florida Golden Gloves Championships.

Dave Bowser, head of events operations for the gym, said the Arena Boxing Club will put on the Junior Olympics April 26-28 and the Golden Gloves May 3-5.

"It's a huge event," Bowser said. "It's the most recognized amateur event nationwide. Everyone knows the Golden Gloves.

"For the gym itself, it's an honor to get this event. We also had the USA Amateur State Championships. So to get all three of these events, I don't know when that's ever been done. But to do that in the first year (of the gym's existence) is unheard of."

_ JOHN C. COTEY

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