Boxing for charity in La Antigua

A fun charity boxing match that allowed local business owners to duke it out in a safe and professional event was the talk of Antigua recently.

How did this come about? Well it was the brainchild of Eric Grahm, the certified Boxing Fitness Trainer who owns Training Camp and Antigua Fitness after he and other business owners were approached by an employee of Niños de Guatemala who wanted to learn to box.

Along with holding a Gold Medal in Tae Kwon Do, he specialises in Fitness, Weight Loss, Rehabilitation and Nutrition to help people of all ages and fitness levels achieve their individual goals, whatever they may be. Whether you just want to get a little fitter or learn to box and train for a fight. If you have health issues and need some rehabilitation, or you just need help to lose those Christmas pounds that always seem to find us, he is the Certified Fitness Trainer and Certified Boxing Fitness Trainer for one-on-one or group sessions at your home or at Training Camp located in Panorama.

The charity event was held to raise money for Niños de Guatemala. And raising over Q20,000 made it their most successful event to date. Such a success for the first tournament has locals asking when the next one is taking place.

With a grand vision of building a countrywide tournament similar to the Golden Gloves, an amateur boxing tournament in the United States, Eric intends to build a program for disadvantaged youths. This program will help poor Guatemalan youths by providing opportunities and a chance at careers in the boxing industry as either competitors, trainers or boxing insiders and promoters.

Teaching them discipline, strategy, respect for themselves and others, focus and the confidence that comes with knowing how to protect yourself, boxing is one sport that will help them achieve their goals.

All of this is done in a safe environment to ensure there is no serious injury under the professional eye of this trainer. As he says, “boxing is known as ‘The Sweet Science’. That is – there is a lot of strategy, controlling the ring and footwork. Like a ballet, but it’s a dance of defence.” I’m sure you will all agree that we can’t wait for the next dance.


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