The bout on Sunday at The Big Fresno Fair will be the first-ever dispute for the WBC Amateur Heavyweight Belt. Photo contributed.

published on October 5, 2018 - 2:59 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Big Fresno Fair will play host to championship boxing this Sunday. Thirteen bouts, including three championship fights will take place at the Big Fresno Fair’s Pavilion Stage beginning at 5 p.m.

Central Valley resident Donavan “Lights Out” Lewis will be appearing to compete for a World Boxing Council Amateur Championship Belt in the main event en rout to the 2020 Olympic games. According to boxing promoter, Rick Mirigian, this will be the first time that this belt will be fought for.

“This kid Lewis can fight and is looking to make a statement and get to the 2020 Olympics,” Mirigian said. “He is an action-packed, undefeated heavyweight with deep roots and strong ties to the Valley.

Lewis, 26, a former Fresno State football starter and NFL prospect, is fighting for a spot on the Olympic team as a heavyweight. He’s also an officer in the Fresno Police Department.

“Keep an eye on Lewis,” Mirigian said. “He is big, fast, athletic and can fight.”

2012 Olympian and WBC Champion Jose Ramirez will be presenting the belt and greeting fans. Ramirez, an Avenal-native, will be giving tours of the new boxing exhibit in the Fresno County Historical Museum as well.

“Boxing has a deep history in the Valley and we are proud to display that history in our Fresno County Historical Museum,” John C. Alkire, CEO of The Big Fresno Fair said. “It will be great to see Jose’s reaction to this exhibit and be host to another great boxing event at our Fair.”

The event will start at 5 p.m. Sunday, with the main event beginning at 7 p.m. Attendance is free to all those who purchased tickets to the fair.

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