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This Friday night June 27th beginning at 6p.m. at the CGGC (Colorado Golden Gloves Charities) Gym, 6161 W. 44th Ave. in Wheatridge, CGGC will host the 2014 Colorado Junior Golden Gloves fundraising show.

This show had originally been scheduled as a 2-day event but because there was no doctor available for Saturday, the event was forced to become a 1-day event.

ALL boxers of any age are welcome with the proceeds of this show helping the male boxers aged 9-16 planning on traveling to Mesquite, Nevada, for the National Junior Golden Gloves Tournament the week of July 14, 2014.

Weigh-ins will run from 9-11 a.m. Friday morning with bouts either pre-matched or matched following weight-ins, those boxers then matched by age, weight and experience.

Physicals will be performed at 5:15 p.m. with the show to star promptly at 6 p.m.

For more information or any doctor willing to become a future volunteer: Jeanne DePriest at jhd4boxing@msn.com or 970-978-5188.

Congratulations to CGGC Chairman Jesse Mora and his lovely wife Julie who are celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss this coming Friday, these two having been together for some 57 years.

Jesse obviously hit the lottery when marrying Julie, her not so lucky.

Denver Broncos fans as well as the Denver boxing community are in for a real treat at the show, a framed photo of Broncos all-time great running backs Terrell Davis and Floyd Little being auctioned off with the proceeds to benefit a more than worthy cause.

Contact E. Paul Kelly, Jr. for more information at 720-422-3025.

USA Boxing (USAB) again finds itself embroiled in turmoil, this time with International Teaching Coach Pedro Roque Otano making the decision to resign effective July 31, 2014, him wanting to ‘spend time with family’ in Miami.

The exit of Otano comes as no real surprise, Otano a recruit for that position by former USAB Executive Director Anthony Bartkowski and former USAB President Dr. Charles Butler, both exiting USAB earlier.

With the 2016 Olympic Games held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, a mere 2 years away USAB finds itself eerily in the same position as in 2010 with 2 years to get their ship righted, this time when there was apparently nothing to right.

Interim USAB President John Brown and interim USAB Executive Director Mike Martino are hoping to lead USAB in a ‘new direction’, that direction unclear to most with more questions than answers clearly becoming an issue.

There is much riding on USAB being successful in the 2016 Olympic Games, the future of USAB at the forefront of any discussions.

Stephen Johnson feature writes for BORICUA BOXING.com

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