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USA Boxing board president will be ringside for the 5th annual Battle in Big D boxing championship at Fair Park

Fifty young women among more than 600 athletes – whose ages range from 8 to 55 – seeking championshp titles

Dallas’ highly anticipated amateur boxing tournament will bring more than 600 fighters to Fair Park this weekend. Battle in Big D begins Friday, July 13 and continues through Sunday, July 15 at the Centennial Building at Fair Park.

For the fifth year, athletes from across the country – some as young as 8 years old – will compete for coveted championship belts during the three-day competition. Fifty young women will be among the contestants sparring for titles.

The tournament starts at 6 p.m. Friday, July 13 and at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 14. The last exhibition gets under way at 1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children five years and older. Free for children under five. Free parking.

Call (214) 670-8277 or go to FairPark.org for event details.

Among event spectators will be John Brown, chair of the board of directors for USA Boxing, the governance organization for every amateur boxing in the United States. Brown of Lenexa, Kansas has devoted 45 years to the sport of boxing at the amateur and professional level. The 2009 USA Boxing Coach of the Year, Brown has trained 19 national champions, including reigning titlist Cam F. Awesome.

Battle in Big D Boxing Tournament is sponsored by the Dallas Park and Recreation Department and the Dallas Police Athletic League (PAL). Dallas Park and Recreation and PAL work together to offer ages 8 to 18 year-round competitive and recreational boxing activities and leadership programs at recreation centers and at the city’s Forest-Audelia Youth Boxing Gym in North Dallas.

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