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Nearly 170 boxers expected to compete in Charleston tournament

Organizers say the 2018 National Hometown Heroes Boxing Championships is scheduled Friday through Sunday at Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston. (MGN Online/Max Pixel)

Fights will be breaking out this weekend at Beni Kedem Shrine Center in Charleston. No need to worry, though, they will all be in the ring under the watchful eye of referees.

Nearly 170 boxers – males and females from 8 years of age to 35 years of age – will be competing in the 2018 National Hometown Heroes Boxing Championships, said Gary Toney, tournament director. The tournament runs Friday, Feb. 16, through Sunday, Feb. 18.

Competitors can be as old as 40.

There will be four tournament sessions – Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 pm. And Sunday at 4 p.m.

General admission is $15 and $20 for the first two rows ringside. The tournament is also selling tables on a stage with seating for six people for $200 a night or $500 for the tournament.

The champions in 80 different categories will be presented with championship belts and gold medals. Runner-ups will receive silver medals.

The Beni Kedem Shrine Center is located on Quarrier Street.

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