Duarte Boxing Club amateurs appear again in the ring after two years of hiatus

Longtime Duarte Boxing Club coach Victor Valenzuela was in a good mood on Friday morning. For good reason.

“We haven’t had a show for the past two years because of COVID,” he said of the global pandemic, which was announced in March 2020.

His club’s annual amateur boxing show – which operates out of the Duarte Teen Center – will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 13, at the Duarte High School gymnasium.

Valenzuela, who has been head coach of the club for 17 years, said the past two years are the only two years he hasn’t played during his tenure.

“We are raising money for travel (for other tournaments) and equipment,” said Valenzuela, who before coming to Duarte had been chief trainer at Azusa Boxing Club for 27 years.

One of Valenzuela’s best boxers, Anthony Marquez, 139-pounder, will be in the ring.

“He just won a championship at Minifi,” Valenzuela said. “It was the Southern California championship, so he won really well. He will be professional in about four or five months.”

Marquez is 25 years old.

Valenzuela is a local legend of sorts, having trained boxers in the San Gabriel Valley for nearly 45 years.

While at Azusa, he coached Bantam Superweight Champion Paul Banki and was a manager of Azusa’s Zachary Padilla, who won the World Junior Welterweight Championships title in 1993 after a comeback that began in 1991 after a five-year absence.

Padilla was coached by Rudy Ion, with Valenzuela assisting in the corner.

Advance tickets can be purchased for US$8 through August 10 at the Duarte Teen Center. They’ll be $10 at the door. Admission for children ages 4-11 will be $3, and children ages 3 and under will be admitted for free.

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