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From right to left, Vereniz Ortiz, Veronica Zepeda and Adrian Ortega train at Matt Garcia Youth center in Fairfield. (Courtesy photo)


Summer Showdown boxing event set for Saturday at Matt Garcia Center

By From page B7 | June 13, 2014

FAIRFIELD — Plenty of boxing gloves will be flying when the Summer Showdown takes place at the Matt Garcia Youth Center Saturday.

Program coordinator Will Bible, in conjunction with the Fairfield Police Activities League, is bringing back a day of boxing matches at the center after a one-year hiatus.

“This is the first one we are calling the Summer Showdown,” Bible said. “We hosted the Silver Gloves in 2012 and in 2011 had regular event at Armijo High. We’ve been wanting to do another show for a long time. The others were a success prior to this.

“Boxing comes in cycles. We want to showcase our local fighters. We have females and males. It’s time for them to get noticed. It’s not like basketball or football. We want to reward them for their hard work.”

The locals fighting out of the Matt Garcia Center include Yvette Reynoso, Veronica Ortega, Jose Rincon and Terrel Windom.

“We have 18 matches scheduled, four with our PAL fighters,” Bible said. “And there are some from other organizations around Fairfield. That’s cool, too.”

Bible also noted by holding the event, it should bring some attention to the facility. According to a release from the Fairfield PAL, the program offers teens a place to grow, learn, and build the skills they need today and in the future. The PAL Center offers teens a safe environment, supports working families and helps students achieve by giving them opportunities right now, according to the release.

“I think it’s going to bring positive exposure (to the center),” Bible said. “For some of the kids, they haven’t had a fair shake in life. They deserve this. They feel like they are part of something, part of a team. Family and friends are supporting this. There’s not many boxing events around here. I think this is a good thing.”

Bible also wants this event to be a success so the center can hold more events like this in the future.

“I definitely want to do this more often,” Bible said. “I want others to see the coach Pete Padilla, see him get recognized for the hard work he’s put in. He’s a father figure to these kids. I would like to see him recognized for creating the family atmosphere for the kids and their families.”

Tickets are be available in advance at the Fairfield Community Center and at the door. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., with bouts starting at 2 p.m. The PAL Boxing Program will have a snack bar available during the event.

For more information about the event or the Matt Garcia Youth Center, call 422-6288, or visit the program’s Facebook page @FairfieldPAL.

Reach Brian Arnold at 427-6969 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/barnolddr.

Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

1992 graduate of San Francisco State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism.

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