Cartagena, land of great boxers throughout history, will have its Boxing Day.
The Council approved the draft agreement that declares October 28 of every year as Boxing Day. Read here: Bolívar boxing, between the ropes and taking a hit: who will save him?
This date was also chosen to commemorate the day that Antonio Cervantes Reyes, better known as Pambelé, was crowned world champion for the first time. He did it in 1972 against Alfonso Frazer, at 140 pounds.
The plenary approved the draft agreement and now it is necessary for William Dau, mayor of Cartagena, to sanction it.
Rafael Meza, who was the councilor who presented the project, said that: “with this we seek to encourage and stimulate the youth of Cartagena and Bolívar to continue practicing boxing, one of the sports that has given the most glory to our country, we have given more than 43 world champions and many Olympic medals, we want many young people to continue giving joy to the department”.
Boxing has declined in recent years in Cartagena and Bolívar and needs a real boost to move it forward.
There is potential and a lot of talent, but more support for athletes is lacking.