Over the weekend Dallas Police Activities League (PAL) hosted The 5th Annual Battle in Big D Boxing Tournament. This event was held for the first time at the Centennial Building located inside Dallas Fair Park. This venue with its pointed gray metal roof was the perfect setting for a classic boxing atmosphere. The 5th Annual Battle In Big D featured 650 kids from all over the country. Proudly, several of our very own Dallas PAL boxers competed in the tournament. Many of the Dallas Police Athletic/ Activity League boxers were awarded medals as well as seven championship title belts. The 650 boxers who participated in the tournament brought along with them large and enthusiastic crowds who remained that way from the opening bell until the very last match. Sergeant Brad Deason with the Dallas Police Youth Outreach Unit, who oversees Dallas PAL stated “this is a tremendous opportunity for the participants to come show off their skills and represent their boxing clubs in this tournament, and also win the championship belts”(boxers favorites). Deason also says “the sport of boxing helps to develop the kids and aids them in becoming an overall better person”. In attendance was the president of USA Boxing John Brown, USA Boxing sanctioned all Battle in Big D matches.
We are proud and would like to thank all of our Dallas PAL boxers, officers, sponsors and volunteers that helped to make the 5th Annual Battle In Big D Boxing tournament better and larger than the first four. Hopefully, in the upcoming years this tournament grows so large and become so popular that Mr. Cuban or Mr. Jones will have to open their doors for the annual battle. Surely, an event this great that makes such a big impact in the lives of our youth deserves that opportunity.