Wilmington is hosting a regional boxing championship, and all the action started Thursday night. They may be young, but they know what they're doing in the ring. More than 160 ten to fifteen year olds are competing in the Southeast Coast Regional Silver Gloves Boxing Championship. They came from eight states. Moises Rivera, a 14-year-old boxer said, "You get to meet new people and it's fun. You see things you've never seen." Kashif El-Amin, a 15-year-old boxer said, "I like the winning, the training every day, the experience, the traveling." These kids are some of the best boxers for their age; practicing every day, with plenty of encouragement from their coaches. While the boxers are mostly boys, the few girls can hold their own. "It's a very, very good stress reliever and I love the sport," said 15-year-old Alexandria Friday. Alexandria is from South Carolina and won her division Thursday night. She is excited about the win, but disappointed the rules do not let females advance to nationals or the Olympics. "I say girls should do whatever they want to. Most people don't think that females should do it," Alexandria said. Most of these talented young athletes plan to stick with it, and have high hopes for the future. “My plan is to go to the 2012 Olympics and after that go professional and be Welterweight World Champion of the World,"said El-Amin. The tournament runs through Saturday at the Armory on Carolina Beach Road. The rounds start at 6:00 p.m Friday and Saturday evenings. Admission is ten dollars for kids and fifteen for adults. The winners advance to the nationals in Missouri.
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