COLUMBUS, NE — Some of eastern Nebraska’s top boxers hope to put on a show this weekend.
Columbus’s Sweatbox Boxing Club is hosting the Butler County Brawl at the Municipal Auditorium in David City on Saturday. The event starts at 4:00 and will feature teams from across the state and the the Midwest.
Club owner and event promoter Nick Schleich says he’s excited to see his local boxers compete.
“(It’s exciting) just to see how far they take it," Schleich said. "Along the way it builds discipline, a drive, dedication, determination and possibly a little humility.”
The club has hosted three fight nights in Columbus and Schuyler over the past seven months. 19-year-old Melvin Pineda of Schuyler trains at Sweatbox and has a 1-2 record so far in the light heavyweight division. He says he’s looking to put on a show when he steps in the ring.
“I like to basically get the people what they wanted, really," Pineda said. "When I go in there, I get in there and do the best that I can. No matter how tired I am, I keep swinging and swinging.”
General admission tickets for the Butler County Brawl are $10 and ringside tickets are $20. Proceeds go to Sweatbox, the Silver Creek Boxing Club and a local David City charity.
For more information, visit the Sweatbox Boxing Club Facebook page.