Friday Night Fights: Pint-Sized Pugilists Duke It Out at City Hall Boxing Exhibition


Photography by JAMES CARBONE

5:46 am | August 26, 2017

In front of Pasadena’s towering City Hall and a crowd double the size at last year’s exhibition, young Pasadena boxers, both boys and girls, competed in a series of three-round matches in the City’s second free outdoor amateur boxing extravaganza – the Centennial Square Boxing Exhibition – on Friday night.

“We had the opportunity to showcase one of the longest and most successful Human Services and Recreation programs to highlight some of the best athletes that filter through the boxing program and the Villa Parke Community Center,” said Fausto De La Torre, head trainer for the Center’s Boxing Program, after the event.

De La Torre said that five of the young competitors were victorious: Humberto Robles, Art Martinez, Michael Stone, Martin Melgar and Chantel Navarro.

“These kids have dedicated endless hours of hard work, sweat, blood and some tears to get to the place they are today. They definitely reaped the wards of their hard work and commitment to the sport of boxing,” De La Torre said.

Currently, over 300 young people and adults are registered to use the boxing program’s gym, including about 100 youths.

The Villa Parke Community Center at 363 E. Villa Street is home to the City’s amateur boxing program, administered by the City’s Human Services and Recreation Department.

The matches are certified by U.S. Boxing Federation officials.

“We look forward to continuing the tradition of bringing our community programs to the very heart of Pasadena,” De La Torre said.