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|Junior boxing event this weekend|
The West Monroe Sports Complex will play host to the Louisiana/Arkansas Junior Gold Gloves tournament beginning Friday at 6 p.m.
First-round action will begin with a large group of local youth from the gym of Sparky McDuffie fighting against teams of boxers from Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi and Florida.
McDuffie, a famed local boxing coach and middle school football coach, will have five local fighters entered into the two-day tournament.
Josh Ross and Edward Williams will both be competing at the 141-pound level. Ross and Williams each won at the state level this year and Ross won this same event a year ago against some of the Ark-La-Miss top junior boxing talent in 2008.
"We are real excited to have this event in West Monroe," McDuffie said. "We have some of the top talent from the south coming in to fight and our guys will be ready to go, too."
David Green, a West Monroe fighter, will compete in the 125-pound class. Green is expected to be a smash hit in the lower division representing Ouachita Parish.
Jay Williams and Cheysney Griffin will represent the McDuffie camp in the 154-pound division.
Kelton Hayes will be the last local fighter in the ring as he will go in to the tournament to compete at 250 pounds.
The brackets will be drawn up on Friday morning once all fighters have checked in.
Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children each night. Fighters advancing after the first night will come back Saturday to compete for the junior titles in their respective weight classes.
Aside from the junior golden glove event, McDuffie expects some teams to bring older fighters. Those in older groups will compete in a separate division that will have a bracket drawn up once the committee sees who checks in Friday.
"Some of the teams have said they are bringing some older guys to fight," McDuffie said."It will give local fans a chance to see some of the up-and-coming boxing talent in a lot of different ages and weight classes."