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Duarte Boxing Club amateur show back in the ring after two years off – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

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

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

The annual amateur boxing show hosted by his club — which operates out of the Duarte Teen Center — will take place at 1 pm Saturday, Aug. 13, at the Duarte High School gymnasium.

Valenzuela, who has been the club’s head trainer for 17 years, said the past two years were the only years the show was not held during his tenure.

“We raise money for travel (to other tournaments) and equipment,” said Valenzuela, who prior to coming to Duarte was head trainer at the Azusa Boxing Club for some 27 years.

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

“He actually just won a tournament up in Menifee,” Valenzuela said. “It was a Southern California championship, so he’s been winning pretty good. He’ll be turning pro in about four or five months.”

Marquez is 25.

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

While he was at Azusa, he trained super bantamweight champion Paul Banke and was manager for Azusa’s Zachary Padilla, who won a junior welterweight world title in 1993 after making a comeback that began in 1991 following a five-year layoff.

Padilla was trained by Rudy Ayon, with Valenzuela lending a hand in the corner.

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

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