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National amateur boxers to compete at Rumble in the Jungle in Red Deer

Blue Grass Garden Centre in Red Deer will transform into a boxing venue for Rumble in the Jungle next weekend.

The event will feature 36 boxers from Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec fighting in a ring that is in the centre’s greenhouse.

“These boxers dedicate a big part of their lives to train for the discipline of boxing and many have Olympic dreams,” said Bruce McEwen, owner of Blue Grass Sod Farms and Garden Centre.

“Initially there were 18 boxers scheduled to participate, but as word of the event got out in the boxing community, the number of boxers on the fight card has swelled to 36.”

Local craft beer will be served by Sawback Brewing Co. and Bo’s Bar & Grill is serving up burgers.

“People have been patiently waiting to be able to socialize again and we are looking forward to a fun night bringing people together at the greenhouse,” said McEwen.

All proceeds will be donated to charity.

“We are happy to give back to the community, proceeds will be donated to support amateur athletes with travel costs to help them achieve their boxing dreams, and will also be used to help a local community member with disability housing needs,” he said.

“We are hoping that the community enjoys Rumble in the Jungle and we hope that this becomes an annual event where we can give back to other community causes year after year.”

The event runs from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, March 12 at Blue Grass Garden Centre, which is located on the corner of Highway 2 and 11a.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite.ca or at Blue Grass Garden Centre in Red Deer.

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