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Prestigious amateur boxing tournament heads for Santa Cruz 

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Santa Cruz is to become the amateur boxing capital of the world with the Boxam tournament.

Almost a score of national men and women will compete in the Pancho Camurria from September 30th to October 7th.

Sports councillor for Santa Cruz, Veronica Meseguer, was in charge of publicising the details of this sporting event, along with the insular councillor for sports, Cristo Pérez; the president of the Spanish Boxing Federation, Felipe José Martínez; and the president of the Canarian Federation of Boxing and vice president of the Spanish Boxing Federation, Juan Tomás Rodríguez.

Sr. Meseguer said the celebration of the Boxam “in Santa Cruz for the second consecutive year is very important, since it will bring together about 300 people in the city, among themsportsmen, referees, coaches and relatives.”

It would, he said, make Santa Cruz a reference point for the world of amateur boxing.

Entries have already been confirmed from the national teams of Spain, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Scotland, Dominica, Finland, France, Wales, Hungary, England, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, Russia, Turkey and Cape Verde.

Cristo Pérez said the tournament “will not leave aside the increasingly participatory figure of women in the world of sport, as it will play a leading role in the programming of women’s fighting in the categories of 51, 54, 60 , 64 and 75 kilograms “. In this sense, it should be noted that the Boxam has in its history the medals won by the María del Mar Rodríguez (2008) and Patricia Hernández (2016).

Both Felipe José Martínez and Juan Tomás Rodríguez, thanked the collaboration of Santa Cruz city council and the Cabildo of Tenerife in bringing the tournament to the capital for another year for this 29th edition. It has been held in Santa Cruz in 1978, 1989, 2002 and in 2016 which was considered one of the best ever.

Both recalled that Boxam was born in Germany in 1976 and that Juan Manuel García, known in the world of boxing as ‘Kid Puerto Cruz’, has been the most outstanding athlete in Tenerife in this competition by obtaining a total of five medals.

The Pancho Camurria Pavilion will be the stage where all Boxam matches will be held during the five days of competition. The ages of the participants vary between 19 and 40 years and there will be 10 male categories (46-49 kilograms, 52, 56, 60, 64, 69, 75, 81, 91 and more than 91) and another 5 female , 54, 60, 64 and 75 kilograms).