Fourth Annual Desert Showdown Invitational Amateur Boxing Championship Comes to Spotlight 29 Casino October 19-23

‘Olympic Preview’ Event Brings Amateur Boxers From Across the Country

COACHELLA, Calif., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ — Muhammad Ali said, “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” Now amateur boxers from around the country will take a risk in the hopes of accomplishing one goal: winning the 4th Annual Desert Showdown Invitational Amateur Boxing Championship.

The championship, which is sanctioned by U.S.A. Boxing, is largely considered a stepping stone to the Olympics, and this year it is bigger than ever. This year’s championship enters the ring at Spotlight 29 Casino October 19-23 and is open to the public. The event begins October 19. Weigh-ins daily at 7:00 a.m., and fights begin daily at 1:00 p.m.

The event brings fighters from California and across the U.S., from Alaska to Florida, from Hawaii to New York. Participating fighters who range in age from 17-22 and in weight from 106-201+, are ranked in the USA Book and have fought 40 or more bouts, will be battling for the BCR (Bert Colemia Romero) Amateur World Championship title in 11 weight categories.

The five-day event is produced by the Thermal Boxing Association, which exists primarily to help kids in Southern California by getting them off the streets, teaching them important lessons about discipline and coaching, providing them with mentors, giving them a sense of success and accomplishment, and showing them that they can achieve their goals and dreams.

General admission tickets are $6.00 for each day for adults; children age 3-12 are $3.00. Five-day event passes are also available for $20 for adults and $10 for children. Tickets are available now at the Spotlight 29 Casino Gift Shop and at the Spotlight Showroom Box Office on the day of the show.

Speaking for Thermal Boxing Association, Boxing Coach Ralph Romero said, “We deal with a lot of what people call “at-risk” youth. We want to teach these kids to take a risk on themselves. We want to help them learn that they can accomplish whatever they set their minds to, if they have the discipline to develop the skills they will need to reach their goals.”

The fights are presented by Thermal Boxing Club, Everlast and ASEP All-Star Entertainment. Sponsors include California Ring Girls, Grafix Star, Jewel Date Company, Shields Date Gardens, Spotlight 29 Casino, Telefutura, Title Boxing and Univision, 94.7.

Put the spotlight on boxing at Spotlight 29 Casino, the Coachella Valley’s most exciting place to play. Located at I-10 and Dillon Road, Spotlight 29 Casino offers 2,000 slots, 30 table games, and a seven-table poker room. The 2,200-seat Spotlight Showroom presents the best in entertainment. Dining choices include the award-winning Rattlesnake Restaurant, Cafe Capitata and Food Court. Live entertainment hits the stage in the Blue Bar, and players relax in the Rattlesnake Bar and Casino Bar. Spotlight 29 Casino is a business venture of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. Turn it on at

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