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Boss Hawg's takes it on the chin for children


To raise money for at-risk-youth programs Boss Hawg's Bar 'N' Grill co-owner Brad Tanner took it on the chin - more than once - from amateur boxer Osvaldo Rojas during a six-round boxing exhibition at the inaugural Boss Hawg's Bar 'N' Grill Rumble. Preceding this exhibition match were 10 amateur fights sanctioned by USA Boxing.
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Vancouver's T.J. Vincent Tobias, right, punches Warm Springs Nation Jamie Halliday during a 160 lb. Senior Novice bout; one of nine matches on the USA Boxing amateur fight card held in Boss Hawg's Bar 'N' Grill parking lot last month in benefit for at risk youth programs at Grand Avenue Boxing Club.
Boss Hawg's Bar 'N' Grill on Northeast 102nd Avenue near Glisan Street had a fight in their parking lot last month; not the kind that jumps to mind though. Owners Brad Tanner and Larry Olsen erected a regulation size boxing ring for their inaugural Boss Hawg's Rumble, a 10-bout USA Boxing amateur fight card held in their parking lot. The Rumble was headlined by a six round exhibition match between Tanner and fight card organizer Osvaldo Rojas to raise money for at-risk-youth programs and scholarships at host team Grand Avenue Boxing Club.

USA Boxing is the national governing body of amateur, Olympic-style boxing. For fighters who have dreams of turning professional, competing for a spot on the U.S. Olympic team is a sure path. Win or lose the young fighters from all over Oregon and Southwest Washington exhibited sportsmanship and demonstrated their mettle in the ring. Amateur fighters came from as far away as Sutherlin, Ore. to compete against boxers from the host team, Grand Avenue Boxing Club. Fighters from the Warm Springs Nation fought other amateurs from Vancouver. Boxers from Capital Boxing in Salem and Albany's Victory Gym also competed.

The event was a success according to Olsen, “We're happy to do this; to raise money for kids; look around,” he said waving his arm towards the young fighters and spectators …they're our future …we're done.”

After reacting appropriately to 20 young men in different weight classes duking it out in a controlled, yet violent sport, the spectators -who paid $20 each to see the show - cut loose when Tanner entered the ring for his exhibition match. Despite not having any formal training, Tanner landed more than a few good blows, but Rojas' experience and skill compared to his opponent was obvious. Tanner was done after six rounds of being knocked around and even down, once, for a ten-count. Although he was beaten, he gave the spectators everything they came to see with half of them vociferously cheering for Tanner and the other half rooting for him to be hit….hard.

Through their efforts promoting the fight card and selling tickets, they raised over $2,000 for at-risk-youth programs and scholarships at the Grand Avenue Boxing Club and Olsen said they also raised money for another favorite charity of theirs, Emanuel Children's Hospital. _To see more photos and videos of the inaugural Boss Hawg's Rumble, visit Facebook. com/midcountymemo.
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