ighland was the center for the region’s amateur boxing on Saturday, Nov. 16, when Highlanders Boxing Club hosted its third annual Neighborhood Champions Belt Challenge at Entrepreneur High School.
Hundreds attended to watch the 30 bouts featuring fighters ages eight to 24. The winner of each bout earned a belt.
With the ring set up under the skylight of the school’s atrium, the charter school made for a beautiful venue with fighters competing in natural light and air-conditioning. Spectators were able to watch from their seats or on the many wall-mounted screens.
For Highlanders Boxing Club founder Tony Cifuentes, his team and many community sponsors, the event was focused on promoting positive activity and attitudes in the Inland Empire and among its youth.
“Everything we’re doing here is about gang intervention and prevention, keeping kids off the streets,” Cifuentes said.