The 5th annual Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic will be held in the lobby of the John A. Wilson Building at 4 p.m., Friday, June 1.
The Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic consists of aspiring boxers from the gyms of Northern Ireland against local boxing clubs of the National Capital Region. The event will showcase 10 amateur bouts to be held on Saturday, June 2, at the Mariottt Wardman Hotel at 2660 Woodley Road, N.W. The event starts with a cocktail reception at 7 p.m., followed by a dinner at 8 p.m. The boxing match will begin at 8 p.m.
The proceeds of the event will directly benefit the participating boxing clubs and the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project, which sponsors the athletic and cultural exchange program that offers youth here and abroad an opportunity to learn about other cultures. The aim of the program is to foster understanding between youth from divergent countries, serving to further strengthen the cultural alliance between the United States and Ireland.
D.C. Council member Vincent Orange, who announced the boxing classic this week, is chairman of the Committee on Small and Local Business Development with jurisdiction over the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission.
"It is our hope that the youth who participate in the 5th Annual Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic Program will ultimately understand their role as global citizens of the world by becoming more engaged and knowledgeable of their respective roles in the global community," said Orange. "Moreover, this event will raise the profile and heighten the awareness level on the importance of investing in amateur boxing and after-school programs for both D.C. metropolitan and Irish youth."