Several boxers from throughout Texas will don their gloves in Copperas Cove on Saturday to compete in an inaugural boxing event presented by the owner of a Copperas Cove-based boxing gym.

The first Top Dawg Boxing Show, according to Manny Morales, a former professional boxer and proprietor of Cross Box Fitness Club in Copperas Cove, will include 25 fights beginning at 2 p.m. at the Copperas Cove Civic Center, 1206 W. Avenue B.

Morales, who last fought in 2010, is training some of the competitors who will compete in the matches.

Other combatants will travel from all around Texas, including El Paso, Houston, and Corpus Christi, Morales said on Wednesday.

Morales claims to know several of the fighters expected to attend the event.

“I used to transport all of the guys to their competitions or events,” Morales explained.

Morales accompanied his fighters to a USA Boxing tournament in Houston in May 2021. Morales expressed confidence in his boxers for the Copperas Cove fights.

“They’ve all done well; we’ve been practising every day… they should all perform well,” he remarked.

Morales stated that in order to organise the tournament on April 2, he needed at least five fighters at his gym to be registered with USA Boxing, the regulatory organisation for Olympic-style boxing competitions. Morales stated that he presently has ten amateur boxers registered with USA Boxing.

“I wanted to do this show because I knew it would lead to additional episodes,” Morales explained. “That’s exactly what it’s doing. I have certain authorities that want to perform separate fights with different services, such as the Army and Navy. It’s only now starting to spread.”

The Copperas Cove Civic Center, located at 1206 W. Avenue B in Copperas Cove, will open at 1 p.m., with the bouts beginning at 2 p.m.

The show’s tickets may be purchased at the door. Adult tickets are $15, while children 12 and under, as well as military or veterans with ID, pay $10.

The Woodlands Little Gym reopens under new ownership.

The Little Gym of The Woodlands will reopen under new ownership on January 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free class exercises and teacher meet & greets will be part of the open house.

According to a press statement from The Little Gym, the Woodlands location will reopen under the new ownership of Nicole Stiles and Eric and Sonia Alstrin.

“We feel proud and lucky to be able to bring this fantastic business back to The Woodlands community,” stated Eric Alstrin in a press statement. “We are excited to collaborate with our professional teachers to provide opportunity for youngsters in our community to gain confidence and try new things.”

The Little Gym is a curriculum-based gymnastics programme designed to instil confidence in youngsters. Classes, according to the firm, improve children’s physical skills such as coordination, balance, rhythm, flexibility, as well as their social and emotional qualities. The Little Gym of The Woodlands begins classes on January 31. According to the news release, free beginning lessons are offered through March 1.