Local boxer Green part of October fight night event

Sugar Ray Leonard scheduled to make appearance

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter



Four boxers from Vancouver are part of the Police Activities League Fight Night on Oct. 8 at the Clark County Events Center, a show that includes an appearance by boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard.

The main event will feature Vancouver’s Virgil Green fighting Ignacio Garcia from Riverside, Calif., in a six-round fight at 142 pounds. The professional bout will be for the Northwest Junior Welterweight belt.

Green, a former PAL program boxer who trains at Fisticuffs Gym in Vancouver, is 3-0 with one knockout as a professional. Garcia is 4-3-2 with two knockouts.

Three other professional fights, each scheduled for four rounds, are on the recently-announced card:

In a 128-pound fight, Kendall Ward (0-4) from Vancouver Boxing Club will look for his first professional win when he takes on Marco Candenas of Salem, Ore.

At 134 pounds, Sammy Perez from Fisticuffs Gym in Vancouver makes his professional boxing debut against Danny Ruiz of Riverside, Calif. Ruiz is 2-0 as a pro.

At 137 pounds, Gabriel Pineda of Hillsboro, Ore., makes his professional debut against Nalo Leal (4-12-1) of Airway Heights.

The amateur part of the program features four fighters from Tacoma Boxing Club challenging four fighters from the Vancouver-Portland area in three-round contests.

Jeorell Reynosa of Vancouver will fight at 141 pounds against Demetrius Price. Reynosa trains at Fisticuffs Gym.

Corey Hill from Knott Street Gym in Portland will take on Jerrell Barbour in a 125-pound match. Junior Zurita from Beaverton PAL will battle Nicholas Jefferson in a 123-pound bout. And Efrain Estrada from West Portland Boxing Club fights Hector Rendon in another 123-pound bout.

The show is to benefit the Vancouver Police Activities League, which offers boxing and other programs for at-risk youth in the community. Tickets are on sale through Tickets Oregon, www.ticketsoregon.com. Preferred seating costs $28.50. General admission is $18.50.

Leonard, considered one of the greatest boxers in history, will be a special guest at the PAL Fight Night. He recently published an autobiographical book, “The Big Fight: My Life in and out of the Ring.” He is scheduled sign autographs during intermissions, and will attend a reception for VIP ticket holders.

For more information on Vancouver PAL and the Fight Night, visit www.vancouverpal.com.