Camden youth boxing gym finally opens

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(APRIL SAUL / Staff) By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer Posted: July 03, 2013 After two years of repairs and various delays, the boxing gym at the North Camden Community Center is officially open for training. Monday marked the first day of Camden’s new boxing program, as well as the city’s pools and the “Ball’n for Peace” basketball league. The boxing ring, which features shiny new padding and the city’s crest imprinted in the middle, will be open weekday afternoons for youths ages 10 to 18 who want to learn boxing techniques. New gloves and other boxing equipment were still neatly wrapped inside a closet Monday morning. The items were purchased as part of the gym’s $237,000 renovation.

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“They say I’m pushing them. Yeah, I’m pushing it. What is wrong with that? If I see my kids failing in school and they don’t want to go, I’m not going to push them?” For the record: Gabby brought home A’s, B’s and a C on her fifth-grade report card. Teachers say she is chatty and a leader.

Boxing instructor Clement Bethea leans over to help Treshon Dumas, 13, with calisthenics at the North Camden Community Center. Camden hired Bethea to run the youth boxing program. Youths will not be allowed to spar but will learn discipline.

Alexander , who was initially thought to be reluctant to fight in the UAE, also appeared to confirm that negotiations are nearing a conclusion, while Khans father, Shah, has said the deal is 90 per cent completed. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer said last month that Dubai was the preferred location for the bout that will see the American put his IBF welterweight title on the line in a December 7 showdown. UAE-based sports management company, EMD Sports, is working closely with Golden Boy to put on Khans fight with Alexander , and chairman Eisa Aldah will meet with Golden Boy chief Oscar De La Hoya in Dubai this month. In the middle of July, Oscar de la Hoya and his team will come over to Dubai and we will meet. They want to have a meeting with my company about how to host the fight here, Aldah toldSport360.

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And that’s why expectations are high for the roommates. Colon sees the fighters as a new wave of talent in the region’s boxing community. For Perez, that community whether it’s at the Lion’s Den in Middletown or working out with various fighters around the state has been welcoming. That’s made the transition easy. Hartford, of course, also has a vibrant Puerto Rican community. And Perez has his best friend, Flores, by his side.

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Tickets for their Sept. 14 megafight in Las Vegas sold out in the blink of an eye, and the fight has broken the all-time live-gate record for a boxing event. Live-gate measures the total dollar amount of ticket sales after taking into account complimentary tickets given to sponsors, promoters and participants. According to ESPN.com, the fight is guaranteed to generate at least $18.6 million dollars in total ticket sales. That’s more than enough to supplant the 2007 bout between Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya, which generated just over $18.4 million dollars. Those are just the type of numbers that Showtime, who took a huge gamble by signing Mayweather to a big-money deal earlier this year, wants to see.

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