Horton's Gym to honor "Jungleboy" WaltersHorton’s Gym declares Jan. 21, 2010 Jungle Day at the “Golden Gloves at the Garden” in honor of Zach “Jungleboy” Walters.
Golden Glove amateur boxing returns with the first fight of 2010 Thursday evening at Grandma’s Sports Garden in Duluth.
In honor of the retirement of Zach “Jungleboy” Walters, Horton’s Gym has declared Jan. 21, 2010 Jungle Day to celebrate Walters’ boxing career which paved the way for increased international recognition of the Twin Ports.
“Locally, I have been able to be a part of creating a great boxing fan base in Minnesota and in the Twin Ports,” Walters said in an e-mail to his fans. “Chuck Horton and I never knew how far we’d go when we started the journey, but we set our goals high and got to work. As a result, we have been able to pave the road for others to rise in boxing.”
As an amateur boxer, Walters won the bronze medal at the Silver Gloves Nationals, won the 4-State Tournament five times, boxed at the national level four times, and won the Upper Mid-West Golden Gloves twice. As a pro, he won the Minnesota light heavyweight title, the NABA-US title, and the WBC-African Boxing Union title. All of those wins came by knock out.
Walters’ highest peak in the pros was making it 12th in the world in the WBC world rankings.
Horton’s Gym celebrates Zach “Jungleboy” Walters career with a line-up of the best up and coming prospects from the Twin Ports taking on some of the best talent from around the state. A special tribute to Zach “Jungleboy” Walters is scheduled.
The doors open at 5 p.m. with action starting at 7 p.m. Ticket prices are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $10 if you buy your ticket from a boxer. Kids five-and-under are free.
Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling (218)-310-5200.