Knockout again! Boxing match to benefit South Park Church

A group of “regular” Dayton Joes and Janes are ready to jump in the ring… again.

Eighteen novice boxers will duke it out as part of Drake’s Downtown Gym’s Hot Summer Nights Knockout Alumni Boxing Extravaganza this weekend.

How to Go

What: Drake’s Downtown Gym’s Hot Summer Nights Knockout Alumni Boxing Extravaganza

When: Saturday, Aug. 29. Doors open at 5.30 p.m. with bouts starting about an hour later.

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Where: Rain or shine at 111 E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton.

Cost: $10

More info: Facebook.com/SummerKnockout2015

Supporting a good cause

John Drake, the gym’s owner, says proceeds from the show will benefit Hope Lutheran Church at 500 Hickory St. in Dayton’s South Park neighborhood.

The church founded in 1902 needs a new roof.

“We are raising the roof for Hope,” Drake said. “It is a giant church that is struggling to keep its congregation going.”

The exhibition will feature nine bouts. Drake said most of the boxers participated in Knockout Dayton, an annual amateur boxing exhibition held at Memorial Hall since 2012. Knockout Dayton benefits Dayton History.

Boxers have been training three months.

Drake promises a good time.

“We’ll have some rematches of (fights) over the years,” he said.

There will be a beer truck and a food truck.

Drake said more events are in the pipeline.

“It is going to be a really good show. We are excited about it,” Drake said. “This is going to lead to something bigger and better.”

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