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Grassroots in the News: November 20

It should be a delightful, Spindle City mixed-bag experience for the West Point Cadets.

First, they'll be treated like royalty. And then, a few hours later, they'll be exchanging punches with men and women they had just dined with.

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While most families in one North Fresno neighborhood settled into their homes one recent Monday morning, training was just getting underway for 18-year-old boxer Jordan Fuentes.

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Alexiana “Lexi” Butler, 13, has been training at Lancaster City Boxing Academy with Coach Will Torres for six months and is competing in her first national tournament, the Silver Gloves, this weekend. It’s her debut fight.

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CENTERVILLE — He found him in his favorite easy chair.

Andrew “Jrue” Zammit had just returned to the home they shared in Miamisburg after finishing his workout, part of the final preparations for his trip to Pueblo, Colorado, for USA Boxing’s Last Chance tournament, the last qualifying event for the U.S. Olympic Trials which would be held in early December.

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Three members of the Silver Boy Boxing Club have posted impressive records this year, and Coach Silverio Garcia says Rocky Montanez, Alfredo Valendicana and Yaviel Zapata have what it takes to be national champions. The Great Bend club is registered with USA Boxing (

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - It’s time to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee with the Rapid City Youth Boxing Club.

Using the sport of boxing to build positive character skills, anyone over 8 years old is welcome into the gym to start their journey in the ring.

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PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. — When the gloves go on, Jahmal Harvey is ready to answer the bell.

"You have to be mentally and physically prepared at all times," Harvey said.

That preparedness has made the 20-year-old amateur boxer a world champion. In 2021, Jahmal won gold in the feather weight division, making him the first American to win a world title since 2007. But for Jahmal to become a champion inside the ring, he first had to say goodbye to his first love.

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A Twin Falls resident will be a favorite to qualify for the 2024 Summer Olympics.

Kendra Samargis earned the top seed in the 75 kg (165 pounds) women’s boxing division for the 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, USA Boxing announced Wednesday.

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