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Boxing tourney this weekend in Las Vegas

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By Dave Kavanaugh

Local boxing trainer Carlos Crespin says the state Silver Gloves tournament — which is expected to bring up to 100 fighters and their entourages to town this weekend — should be just the beginning.

Crespin, whose Valencia Street gym will host the tourney, said he wants to bring more boxing to the Meadow City in the future.

“It’s good for the city,” he said. “It’s good for the local economy. Everybody coming in stays in town and spends money at the local businesses.”

That was Crespin’s contention in requesting $1,500 in lodgers tax proceeds from the city. City officials approved the award, and in exchange the city is listed as a co-sponsor.

Maintaining that he will not profit from the event, Crespin said any proceeds from the gate receipts will go toward helping the state winners with lodging and meals expenses for a regional competition next month.

State Silver Gloves champs advance to represent the state in regionals, to be held Jan. 7-10 in Norwalk, Calif.

Admission to each daily session of this weekend’s tournament is $12 for general public, $8 students, and free to children younger than 5.

Boxers aged 8 to 15 will duke it out beginning with the first bout at 6 p.m. Friday. The tourney runs through that night, resuming at 6 p.m. the following day. If necessary, bouts will also be held beginning at noon Sunday.

Crespin said Community First Bank also contributed to defraying the expenses of staging the tourney. One of those costs was providing trophies for winners.

Recently constructed, the Crespin gym — located off 900 West Valencia — hosted its first major event this past summer with the New Mexico segment of the U.S. Men’s Boxing qualifiers. That event drew several hundred spectators each night over two days.