A 14 year-old member of the Long Beach Police Department’s Police Athletic League (PAL) took 1st Place in boxing at the Ringside International World Tournament, which was held August 2nd – 6th in Kansas City, Missouri.
Four PAL members competed in the competition along with 1,400 kids from all over the world including England, Canada, South Korea, Germany and Mexico. Fourteen year-old Javier Damian won the world title in the 106-pound Division, bringing home a trophy belt weighing in at more than 20 pounds.
Two additional PAL competitors also placed in their respective divisions. Eighteen year-old Danny Lomeli took 3rd place in the 141 pound class, and 19 year-old Dorian Anthony took 3rd place in the 165 pound class. Danny and Dorian have been PAL members since their early teens, and now donate their time at PAL teaching boxing skills to younger kids, in addition to competing.
Javier, Danny and Dorian are all to be congratulated for their outstanding accomplishments! The Long Beach Police Department would also like to extend a special thank you to boxing trainer Joe Zanders. Coach Zanders has been volunteering his time to PAL kids for 13 years and is the original PAL boxing trainer. Coach Zanders was selected and served as a trainer for the U.S. Olympic Boxing Team in the 2004 Summer Games in Greece.
For more information, please contact Detective Phil Golia at the Police Athletic League at (562) 570-1383.
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