BELLE GLADE — A group of young athletes from the Glades hope to make it to the Sugar Bert Title Belt Boxing National Qualifier in Columbus, Ga. The three day tournament is Aug. 26-28.
The group from Muck City Boxing must compete in the August tournament in order for the boys to advance to the National Championships in November.
The young men and women from Muck City include:
• Alycia Maria Baumgardner, 22;
• Michael Guerrier, 17;
• Diontae Altman, 14;
• Heriberto Ramirez Jr., 12
• Octavio Muniz, III, 9.
Octavio Muniz Jr., father of Octavio, has set up a GoFundMe site in the hope to helping the group to raise $2,500 for the trip.
“We need three hotel rooms for three nights. At $80 a night, we need $720 for rooms,” he explained.
He estimated food costs for the fighters and coaches at $240.
The entry fee per fighter is $35.
“We plan on traveling to Columbus, Ga by car. It would take two vehicles to transport all of our fighters, coaching staff and equipment. It is an 1100 mile round trip per vehicle. We would need at least $400 to cover fuel,” he continued.
The Muck City Boxing club opened its doors a little over a year ago. It is under the direction of Coach Eddie Ramierez, a professional and amateur boxing coach and trainer..
Coach Ramirez was a former PBSO PAL Boxing Coach for over 4 years.
“Coach Ramirez has never charged a fee. The doors to his gym are always open. He has a genuine love for the sport and the youth in the Glades.” stated Mr. Muniz.
The gym is in Pahokee at 301 E First St.
“Our club has participated in many local events. All fees and transportation were covered by Coach Ramirez. I have watched Coach Ramirez go above and beyond for our youth. I thinks its time we give a little back,” he said.
He said if they raise more money than they need for trip expenses, they will use any additional funds raised to provide uniforms and equipment for the fighters in need.
A GoFundMe site for the group has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/2j68qpp8.