By: Ron Valderrama/Ronatingside.com
Photo: Fernando Meza of Strong Enough Boxing by Ronatringside.com
The future of boxing is alive and well. F1 Boxing of Buckeye, Arizona hosted the “Fighters First” Boxing Tournament at Libby Elementary School in Buckeye with a capacity crowd at hand.
The event showcased 21 bouts and some amazing boxing talent of fighters from Arizona, and as far away as California, Nevada and Texas. Each bout was honestly action-packed and the fighters confirmed that boxing will be around for a very long time.
The event was sanctioned by and under the direction of USA Boxing Arizona. USA Boxing is the governing body of amateur Olympic-style boxing.
One must acknowledge the dedication and sacrifice of these fighters, coaches and parents. It was the successful efforts of many people that made it possible for this event to take place. It was certainly evident by the level of intensity in each fighters performance as well.
This event was a display of boxing at it’s best, the raw emotion of fighters that won, and those who lost can only certify the future of the sweet science. In reality, even those fighters that didn’t win their bout were victorious. Sure they were disappointed, but it wasn’t due to the lack of effort. Lessons were learned, especially sportsmanship, it’s these lessons that will carry them outside the ring.