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It is always good to get the community involved, especially to see the future of boxing.
The Louisiana Showdown took place at the Alexandria Riverfront Center Saturday as 30 amateur boxers squared off with the hopes of furthering their careers.
“This is the first amateur event that we hosted in Alexandria,” City of Alexandria Recreation Director Chris Patterson said. “It’s a large event, and it almost looks like a professional event. We have boxers from all over the state — some as far as the U.S./Mexico border.”
Hosted by the Southern Association of USA Boxing, the event featured 15 bouts on the card as boxers from Louisiana and Texas fought each other.
Among those on the card were Alexandria boxers Jayden Dixon (55-pound class), Landon Favorite (85-pound) and Elijah Dunbar (154-pound). Favorite lost via walkover, while Dixon lost a competitive fight against Kenner’s Angel Canjura and Dunbar defeated Gabriel Chalmers of Austin, Texas.
“This is a community event,” Patterson said. “Typically in amateur events, you’ll have a few people through fundraisers. This is something that city management has really pushed. It’s amazing that the community came out and supported us.”
Fans also got a chance to meet former IBF junior middleweight champion and current WBC middleweight champion Jermall Challo, who is undefeated in 27 professional bouts. Challo also has a twin brother, Jermell, which is the WBC light middleweight champion and is also undefeated.
“We’re basically giving back to the youth that’s in trouble and in danger in areas that we’re able to help,” Challo said. “This is important to me because I came from the same background not having anything. Making it to where I made it, I feel like they can do the same thing if they get same congratulations and encouragement from guys like me.”
Challo was also accompanied by his trainer, Ronnie Shields, as they both were impressed by some of the boxers on the card.
“The amateur kids are the future,” Shields said. “We have to keep this sport growing and these kids are the ones that we have to look to carry it on.”