Seeking three-round heroes

A Kelowna boxing gym is looking for its next group of three-round heroes.

For the second year, MadKatz Boxing is promoting a charity boxing event featuring amateur boxers from around the community, many who will be stepping into the ring for the first time.

Last year, the event raised more than $21,000 for the Urban Bulldogs Against Kid Abuse, a non-profit organization based in Alberta that helps provide counselling and support to children who have been impacted by abuse.

This year, organizers have decided to keep the money they raise local.

“We've decided we're going to administer the funds through the club,” said Geoff Lawrence, Madkatz head coach.

“We're excited just to keep the funds in Kelowna.”

As a result of the fundraising, Lawrence says they'll be able to offer training sessions for women and youth at risk in the community and men in recovery.

Additionally, Lawrence says they hope to support several low income families in town, but he says they're still sorting out the details.

Those looking to participate will be required to raise $1,500 in donations, and they'll receive three months of free boxing training at Madkatz boxing club.

The night of the fights is scheduled for July 7, and training will begin April 2.

For more information on the Madkatz community outreach program or to express interest in participating, contact Geoff Lawrence at 250-859-1397.


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