Amateur boxers from around the country came to Aurora recently for the Boxing King of the Jungle tournament at the Prisco Community Center.
The four-day event was sponsored by the National Latino Amateur Boxing Association and the local Jesse “The Law” Torres Boxing Club.
According to Torres’ son Nick, the tournament in Aurora drew competitors from around the country including Texas, Michigan, Nebraska, and Indiana.
“We have men and women as well as peewee boxers and we’re so excited this is happening here in our community,” Torres said. “I and my partners represent the Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial group, and we’ve promised to match the money made on concessions with up to a $1,000 check that going to go to help a new boxing club in town that will be working with Parkinson’s patients.”
The Parkinson’s program is being headed up by Uni Camacho, who said she hopes to start it “once this tournament is behind us.”
“We’ve welcomed all the support and are so grateful the community is giving back,” she said.
Nick Torres said a total of 23 fights were held Wednesday, followed by 17 more on Thursday. Many of those participating came with some impressive credentials, like Antoine Cobb, 21, of Chicago.
“I’m 30-1 in my fights in the 152-pound class, and have been a two-time champion in the boxing golden blue championships,” he said.