Boxing card planned for May Park

Greubel’s Mixed Martial Arts will hold a boxing event Saturday for youth from the area and region.

Boxing at May Park will begin at 3 p.m. The event, which is backed by Greubel’s and is being promoted by head boxing coach Marciano Diaz, will feature youth boxers from Augusta and around Georgia, as well as South Carolina, North Carolina and Alabama.

Diaz said there will be more than 20 bouts for boxers ages 9 and up, and classes will include ages 9-16, 17 and up, and the open men’s division for boxers with more experience at 17 years old and above. Trophies will be awarded to the winners.

Diaz said the open men’s division is one to especially keep an eye on, as the division features several future stars. One in particular to watch for is 20-year-old Martin Murray, a two-time Golden Gloves champion out of Greubel’s team in Augusta.

“It’s a good showcase for kids in Augusta, as well as other areas,” Diaz said. “We have a good turnout for the bouts, so it should be a good experience.”

The cost to attend Boxing in May Park is free for children 5 and under, $8 for children up to 8 years old, and $12 for those 8 years old and above. The event is scheduled to last until 9 p.m.

“You’re going to see world-class boxers, talented kids from not just our team (at Greubel’s), but from around Augusta and other states,” Diaz said. “We haven’t had an event like this in two years, so it’s great to see. It’s a showcase of athleticism.”

Diaz is a two-time All-Army boxing coach and has trained several top-ranked amateur boxers. He was a national Golden Gloves and All-Army champion in the sport.

Mark Greubel, the head instructor at the training facility, is a former U.S. Kickboxing team coach and has produced 27 IKF World Classic kickboxing champions since 2006. He has produced numerous national and world champions in the sport as a coach.

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