Located at 493 40th St. in Oakland - across the street from the MacArthur BART station - a 6,500-square-foot martial arts/fitness center named "Pacific Ring Sports" is home to many aspiring professional Muay Thai Kickboxing, Boxing, MMA and Jiu Jitsu fighters.
Started by Michael Regnier and Alfie Duque, Pacific Ring Sports is equipped with speed bags, double end bags, 600 pound full body bags, focus mitts, Thai pads, uppercut bags and a full-size USA Boxing sanctioned ring.
Over time, because the place is so spacious, it has hosted numerous amateur boxing events.
For the eighth time in Oakland and the last time this year, Pacific Ring Sports will host 'Showdown in Oakland #8' - a showcase of 20 amateur boxing bouts this Saturday, Nov. 10.
"They are all USA Boxing amateur fights," Regnier said. "Your going to see all your local talent; fighters from Sacramento, San Jose and Oakland."
The "Showdown in Oakland #8" will start at 1 p.m., with fighter's weigh-ins scheduled for 9 a.m. The price of admission for adults is $15; children 8 and under are free. Large crowds are expected, so early arrival is suggested.
"This is a very family event. Everyone is invited," Regnier said. "You are going to see a lot of children, boxing enthusiasts and members of the gym."
According to USA Boxing Northern California, all coaches and boxers competing in this event must be currently registered for 2012.
Regnier also said that the participants at "Showdown" will be both men and women, including Pacific Ring Sports' own Jan Pfenninger and Rich Stachowski.
"It is definitely going to be an Oakland event," he added. "It should be pretty action packed. We have a good mix. People can expect to see a good level of experienced Gold Glove champs to first timers."
If You Go
Pacific Ring Sports presents "Showdown in Oakland #8" amateur boxing
When: 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Where: 493 40th St. in Oakland (across the street from the MacArthur BART station)