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70 boxers. 35 bouts. Hometown Heroes boxing tournament coming to Stephenville


The Stephenville Boxing Club is hosting its very first Hometown Heroes boxing tournament from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, inside the gymnasium at Henderson Junior High.


“To my knowledge, Stephenville has never hosted a boxing tournament before,” coach Elias Medina told Beneath the Surface News. “We received over 600 entries from fighters all over Texas and as far away as Virginia.


“The club hopes the event will be successful and grow to an annual competition to allow more tourism for the city and more opportunities for the hometown fighters to showcase their talent in front of friends, family and their community.”


The tournament is sanctioned by USA Boxing and will feature 70 boxers in 35 bouts with the winner taking home a championship belt. 


The event will honor hometown heroes Karter McKinney for his courage in the days and months following his brother's unexpected passing; Dr. Marilyn Brister for her role as a physician and philanthropist; Dee Stephens for his service as a county commissioner and volunteer firefighter; and Brandon Huckabee for his service as county judge and advocate for various organizations.


Wristbands will be sold at the door for $10 and VIP ringside seats are $20. Children five and under are admitted free. Cash and Venmo will be accepted.


Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Monk Strong Foundation, which helps support families of cancer patients.


The foundation was created to honor the late Justin Monk, a Marine veteran who lost his battle with cancer in January 2023.


His brother Garrett Monk is an assistant coach with Stephenville Boxing Club and a former member of the original Stephenville Boxing Club, where he and Justin competed in the Golden Gloves in the 1990s. 




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