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Demopolis Boxing Club gets back in action

Shown are the members of the Demopolis Boxing Club who competed on Saturday, March 28, in Crossville, Tenn.  Back row, from left, are Arnold Rogers, coach Anthony Kemp Jr., Dequan Jackson, Jekerean Tate, Jaylin Evans and coach Walter Charleston; and front row are Terrance Charleston, Anastacia Rogers, Curtis Johnson and Robbie Gray. Not pictured is Natasha Carter.

Shown are the members of the Demopolis Boxing Club who competed on Saturday, March 28, in Crossville, Tenn. Back row, from left, are Arnold Rogers, coach Anthony Kemp Jr., Dequan Jackson, Jekerean Tate, Jaylin Evans and coach Walter Charleston; and front row are Terrance Charleston, Anastacia Rogers, Curtis Johnson and Robbie Gray. Not pictured is Natasha Carter.

The Demopolis Boxing Club competed in their first boxing competition in more than a decade last weekend.

On Saturday, March 28, the club traveled to Crossville, Tenn., to compete in the event against boxing clubs from across the state of Tennessee, as well as teams from Norcross, Ga., and Savannah, Ga.

Coaches Walter Charleston, Anthony Kemp Jr. and Natasha Carter took the journey with six boxers and the hope of rebuilding the legacy of boxing in the River City community started by Woody Dinning Sr. in 1954.

Contending in four bouts, the team ended the night with two wins and two losses.

The Demopolis Boxing Club will travel to Jackson, Tenn., on Saturday to contend in the West Tennessee Golden Gloves Tournament and will be traveling to Savannah, Ga., on April 18 to another event.

Anyone interesting in becoming an amateur boxer or becoming a sponsor of the Demopolis Boxing Club should contact Charleston at (334) 327-8388 or Terry Vice at (334) 654-0173.