(MENA) The Defenders Boxing Club of Mena held a benefit event to “KO Cancer” at the University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain’s Historic Armory facility in downtown Mena on Saturday afternoon.
Boxers came as far as North Dakota, Texas, Mississippi, Kansas and of course from Oklahoma and Arkansas to compete.
Ages ranged from 8 years old to as old as 43 years old in the one day event, that raised money for cancer research here in Arkansas.
The highlight of the day came in the next to the last bout of the day, with Mena’s very own Sally Davison competing against Olivia Lira of the Alley Boxing Club of Wichita, Kansas.
What was spectacular about this bout was that the two eleven year old boxers were female and both were relentless on each other, with solid punches and jabs all throughout the event.
Davison said the only reason that she got into boxing was “because her brother got into it and they thought it would be fun too.”
Now, he has found another interest, but Sally and her older sister, Kathryn have continued to participate and grow in the sport.
The Mena Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge and The Mena Marine Corps League Detachment 1261 were among some of the area groups that helped participate during the event.
Richard Hexamer, Coach of the local club was impressed with the turnout for the event, which had a packed armory building and showcased pure amateur boxing to fans for around five hours.
Hexamer showed appreciation to the approximately 35 area businesses and organizations that contributed to sponsoring the event.
The University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain deserves a lot of credit for having a quality location such as the historic armory, to hold a regional event such as this and for a great cause.