40th annual Azalea Festival Boxing Tournament being held in Wilmington

Two young boxers prepare for their match at the 2018 Azalea Festival Boxing Tournament (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For 40 years, boxers from around the country have converged on Wilmington during the Azalea Festival to compete. This weekend, the tradition is being renewed.

Boxers in a wide variety of age groups and weight classes are stepping inside the squared circle to try to win an Azalea Festival champion’s belt.

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The tournament will be held over two days at the Wilmington Convention Center.

Queen Azalea Beth Troutman and Miss North Carolina Victoria Huggins were on hand Saturday to cheer on the athletes.