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Boxers win at Bradley

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Members of the King City and San Ardo Boxing Clubs raced at Saturday’s 25th Annual Bradley Bulldog 10K and 5K Fun Run and Walk. Five of the boxers placed first through fifth in the event.

SOUTH COUNTY — Boxers from the San Ardo and King City Boxing Clubs took the first five places at Saturday’s 25th Annual Bradley Bulldogs 10K and 5K Fun Run and Walk.

Julio Martinez of the King City Boxing Club placed first in the 5K race, followed by King City teammates Ivan Ortiz and Ivan Almanza. Ivan Vasquez of the San Ardo Boxing Club placed fourth and San Ardo teammate Kevin Perez placed fifth.

“I was surprised how 9-year-old Ivan Almanza placed third and beat some of our older runners, including some of our 20-year-olds,” said King City and San Ardo Boxing Clubs head coach Rodolfo Tapia. “Running the race was good training for our kids. All of our top finishers came home with medals.

“Now as we prepare for our fights on April 14 in Hanford, we will keep running distance and also run the hills in San Ardo. We made a good day of it by driving to the beach and running there and having fun in the water. Many of the parents were happy to see our boys and girl from our clubs working to stay in shape,” Tapia continued.

The local boxers have a busy month with the fights in Hanford on April 14 and another fighting show on April 28 in Fresno.


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