DADE CITY — Boxers-in-training entertained the crowd Saturday evening during Fight Night sponsored by the Dade City’s Boxing Club.
The bouts, complete with ring girl and an announcer dressed in a tuxedo, gave the Dan Cannon Auditorium the feel of a professional boxing venue.
Dade City’s Boxing Club is headed by Salvadore Jaurequi, a former professional fighter who was raised in Dade City. He entered professional boxing without the help of a trainer. He said he runs the club, which is mostly made up of boxers under 18, to help kids get chances for training that he never had. The club is registered with USA Boxing.
“It’s all sanctioned with USA Boxing,” Jaurequi said. “Coaches create teams at every town and the kids in that hometown all compete for that hometown.”
Dade City’s Boxing Club is all about representation, Jaurequi said. When they win, they represent Dade City. If they get to national competitions, they represent the country.
“This is where Olympic champions start,” he added.
Boxers come from as far away as Fort Myers and Orlando to test their mettle against other boxers.
“These are what you call tune-up fights; where you test your skills,” Jaurequi explained. “They see where they are at so they are able to compete in the championships.”
As the boxers compete, they prepare for events such as Florida State Championships, Golden Gloves or Silver Gloves, Jaurequi said.
The next Fight Night will be Sept. 13, Jaurequi said. Dade City’s Boxing Club’s Facebook page provides information on future Fight Nights.
To sponsor or volunteer or for any information about Dade City’s Boxing Club, contact Jaurequi at (352) 424-2411.