BURBANK — Members of the Burbank Boxing Club are not actually able to stage fights during their workouts.
Because the club is housed in the Burbank Community YMCA, rules prohibit the boxers from doing any kind of sparring. Instead, athletes work on their techniques, learn about the sport and get an exhausting workout in the process.
"We can't even do any tough-boxing," Burbank Boxing Club Director Stave Harpst said. "It just isn't allowed."
Because of this lack of competition, Harpst likes to take his fighters out and give them a chance to compete in some actual bouts every now and then.
One of those excursions took part earlier this month, when members of the group traveled to Tucson for a friendly competition.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, Harpst took a contingent of 19 people, which included boxers, parents, coaches, photographers, friends and former World Boxing Hall of Fame President and former WBC Supervisor, Dr. Joe Noriega, and his wife, Nelly.