Hundreds of people will crowd into the Gene Lewis Boxing Club gym in Mesa Nov. 9-11 for the 42nd Annual Gene Lewis Invitational Boxing Tournament. Boxers from at least 15 states and Mexico have confirmed their participation. The bouts are officially sanctioned by United States Amateur Boxing Inc.
The tournament is named in honor of Gene Lewis, a Mesa legendary boxing trainer and the 1991 Mesa Man of the Year for his service to the youth of the community. The boxing club that carries his name has trained thousands of women and men.
Joshua Benjamin, executive director for the club, said the annual tournament is held “to promote decency and prevent delinquency through services geared to providing behavioral guidance and the promotion of health, social, educational, vocational and character development of boys and girls.” Boxing and physical training is the tool that Benjamin and the dedicated staff and volunteers use to carry-on the vision that Gene Lewis had for his life.
The bouts are at 7 p.m. today and Friday, and at 1 p.m. on Saturday at The Gene Lewis Boxing Club, 59 E. Broadway Road in central Mesa.