Local boxing gym hosts weekend “Showdown in Oakland”
on November 1, 2010
On Saturday, Showdown in Oakland II, a boxing event started last year by Pacific Ring Sports owner Michael Regnier drew a large crowd. Showdown is a sanctioned USA Boxing amateur competition that is well on its way to becoming an annual event. USA Boxing is the national governing body of the sport.
Former professional boxer Roberto Garcia, who moved here from the Philippines, is the head boxing trainer at Pacific Ring. Garcia has held the position for nearly two years, but has had more than a three-decade-long history with the sport, spending the last 16 as a trainer. Along with boxing, the gym caters to athletes interested in other combat sports, Muay Thai, Jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts. Regnier is a former professional Muay Thai fighter.
Boxers from around the Bay Area took center stage on Saturday, when more than 200 spectators watched 16 fights. Each fight consisted of three two-minute rounds—unless ended early by a knockout.
For more information about Pacific Ring Sports gym, check out their website.
Video by Kevin Fixler and Laith Agha.
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