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Fiesta Boxing to Pack a Punch on Saturday

May 24, 2012

Young ... old ... little ... big ... local ... the 20th annual Fiesta Days Boxing showcase has a little bit of everything.

The night of amateur bouts even ends with a professional.

Vacaville pro Tino Avila will compete in a three-round exhibition to cap off a night of 15 to 18 bouts on Saturday at the Georgie Duke Center.

Action starts at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $12 at the door.

"I'm really excited about the card," said Al Lagardo, Vacaville's Police Activities League boxing coordinator. "We've got some heavyweights coming from other clubs ... some light-heavies ... even some middleweights. Plus we've got Tino coming."

Avila, a Fairfield resident who grew up in the Vacaville PAL program and is trained by Lagardo, is a former Golden Gloves fighter who is 7-0 as a pro.

Before Avila enters the ring, a huge mix of local and non-local amateurs will compete. Clubs from Fairfield, Sacramento, Oroville and Oakland will send boxers to the event.

Eight Vacaville PAL boxers are schedule to fight, from 9-year-old, 64-pound Leonardo Vergara, to 16-year-old, 140-pound Michael Donato.

Other locals on a card include Gilbert Zepeda (age 11, 74 pounds), Emilio Vergara (11, 87), Edgar Jiminez (12, 85), Derry Edwards (13, 80), Ryan Gabriel (16, 125) and Bryan Ambriz (16, 130).

Source: (c) 2012 The Reporter (Vacaville, Calif.)

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