9 women, 9 men to slug it out in annual charity boxing event

Knockout 2015 set for Feb. 28

It’s black and blue season again in Dayton.

Drake’s Downtown Gym and Dayton History are gearing up for their annual charity slug-fest KnockOut Dayton.

The boxing exhibition will see nine men and nine women touch mitts and go at it for three rounds Saturday, Feb. 28 at Memorial Hall, 125 East First St.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with John Drake getting the the bouts started at 8 p.m.

“There is going to be some really good bouts,” Drake, the owner of the gym at 111 E. Fifth St., the former site of the Dayton Greyhound Bus Station, said.

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The boxers — all “average” Dayton area residents — have been practicing since Dec. 1.

“The training is tough,” Drake said. “It is a hard thing to learn.”

The event benefits Dayton History and the Montgomery County Ohio Law Enforcement Memorial Fund.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door — you can purchase them here. Food and drink will be sold throughout the event.

Tickets are also on sale now in Dayton at Drake’s Downtown Gym; Carillon Historical Park, 1000 Carillon Boulevard; Brixx Ice Co., 500 E. First St. and Lucky’s Taproom & Eatery, 520 East Fifth St. They can be purchased in Beavercreek at Tuty’s Bar and Grill, 3982 Colonel Glenn Highway.

Some 10-seat ringside tables are still available for $1,000 per table. Unlimited food and drink is included in that price.

The SpeakEasy After Party will follow the exhibition. Admission is included with the price of the boxing exhibition.

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