Olympic-style boxing show in Kapa’au Big Island Boxing Club is showcasing four of its boxers at their premiere amateur boxing show to be held June 12 at Hisaoka Gymnasium at King Kamehameha Park in Kapa’au, North Kohala. Boxing clubs from throughout the Big Island as well as two clubs from O’ahu and a team from Kaua’i will be competing at the Olympic-style boxing show and show organizer Jesús Solís anticipates hosting 15-20 bouts.
The event is a fundraiser for the boxing club, which opened last January. The show starts at 4:00 p.m.; doors open at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10/adults; $5/keiki ages 8-17 years. Children under 8 are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsors for the show are Kar Tow Kohala of Hāwī, ToFindHealth.com, and 808 Hui clothing company. Big Island Boxing Club is a registered amateur boxing club with USA Boxing, Inc. and Amateur Boxing of Hawai’i with boxers training weeknights at Kar Tow Kohala in Hāwī.
The club is open to males and females ages 8 to adult with an interest in physical conditioning, learning boxing fundamentals and strategy, and boxing as a safe sport. Those who demonstrate not only ability but commitment and self-discipline may be eligible to compete in on- and off-island boxing events, as well as regional boxing competitions such as Junior Olympics and Golden Gloves. Monthly fees for club membership are $30 for adults, with a suggested donation of $20 per month for keiki 8-17 years; however, no child will be turned away for an inability to pay fees. Training hours are Monday through Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for high school age and adults; and Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30-6:30 p.m. for keiki 8 years through middle school. Big Island Boxing Club operates under the fiscal sponsorship of North Kohala Community Resource Center, a non-profit organization. Show proceeds, membership fees, and other donations will be used to purchase equipment and uniforms, cover travel expenses to boxing shows both on- and off-island, and other operating expenses. Coach Jesús Solís, a USA Boxing-certified coach, ran a boxing club in Northern California for more than 10 years that produced state, regional, national and international champion boxers. He also ran a boxing club in Washington state for two years before moving to North Kohala. For questions about the show or the boxing club, contact Coach Solís at 884-5986 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.