Boxing Gym Hosts Borderline Fundraiser

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Title Boxing Club of Newbury Park is hosting a fundraiser Dec. 9 to benefit the Conejo Valley Victims Fund, money which is going to support the families affected by the Nov. 7 shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill.

Between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, for every $5 donation, participants can spend three minutes with one of the Title’s professional trainers learning boxing fundamentals, including proper stance, punching combinations and footwork.

“The best part? No one gets hit!” Title Boxing general manager Lisa Oliver said in an email.

Oliver said 100 percent of the proceeds raised during the event will go to the victims’ fund, which is being managed by the Ventura County Community Foundation.

Title’s team of trainers includes world-ranked professional Golden Gloves champion boxers, professional and amateur MMA fighters and kickboxers, who will be donating their time Sunday to provide participants “an opportunity to knock out stress, anxiety and grief experienced in our community in recent weeks,” Oliver said.

Last month’s shooting hit the Newbury Park boxing gym hard, Oliver said. Dan Manrique, a longtime Title member, was among those killed.

“(Manrique) is the impetus for this event,” said Thor Skancke, a former MMA champion and Title Boxing trainer. “He was a true hero who ran into the building to help others and then lost his life.”

Title Boxing is at 1714 Newbury

Road, Ste. S, Newbury Park.

Attendees are encouraged to register by calling (805) 498- 4822. No previous boxing experience is needed to participate, and all ages, shapes and sizes are welcome, Oliver said.

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