PUNTA GORDA/ENGLEWOOD BEACH, Fla. - (May 17, 2019) –  Hundreds of amateur boxers, their families, coaches, and fans will convene in Charlotte County June 7 – 9, 2019, during the Sugar Bert Boxing Title Belt National Qualifier. This USA Boxing Association Sanctioned event is an Olympic-style, double elimination tournament taking place at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda (75 Taylor Street). Winners of each weight class division will receive a title belt and advance to the National Championship on November 22 - 25, 2019, in Kissimmee, Fla. at Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center Orlando Near Disney World.

Male and female boxers of all ages, weight classes, and from across the country and globe have registered to participate. In addition to the United States, other registered competitors hail from the Bahamas, Barbados, Finland and Saint Martin. Special guests committed to attend include Damon Gonzales, CEO of National Boxing Association (NBA); Chico Rivas of Warriors Boxing Promotions; Nelson Lopez Jr., of Raynelo Boxing Management; Douglas Ward of Title Boxing; Frank Rabinovitch, the CEO of Impact Mouthguards; and Gadwin Rosa, NBA Intercontinental Super Featherweight Champion. 

“We are excited to be bringing this amateur boxing event back to Charlotte County,” said CEO Bert Wells, AKA Sugar Bert, “This is our third time hosting the Sugar Bert Boxing Title Belt National Qualifier in Punta Gorda and the hospitality and professionalism keeps us coming back. The Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center and destination help us have a knockout event and I am confident the 2019 event will be bigger than the last.”

“The Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau is excited to partner again with Sugar Bert Boxing Promotions. It was a pleasure hosting the 2016 and 2018 National Qualifier tournaments and we look forward to having the community even more involved for the 2019 event,” said Sean Doherty, Sales & Sports Marketing Manager. He added, “The sport of boxing has a great history here and we have Dr. Mark O. Asperilla to thank. Charlotte County has hosted a multitude of tournaments over the years, including the Golden Gloves Women’s National Championships in 2011. About two decades ago Dr. Asperilla brought the first boxing tournament here and since, the Charlotte County boxing tradition has grown. Through our partnership with Sugar Bert Boxing we hope to continue this legacy for years to come.”

The three-day event is produced by Sugar Bert Boxing Promotions and sponsored by USA Boxing, International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA), Title Boxing, National Boxing Association (NBA), World Boxing Council (WBC), Impact Mouthguard and Raynelo Management. 

The tournament will feature fights in the categories of Bantam, Intermediate, Junior, Senior, Women, Open Men, Novice, and Master, and will take place in three rings over June 8 & 9. 

The Sugar Bert Boxing National Qualifier is open to the public. Doors open at Noon each day. VIP admission is $25 per day and seating is in the first three rows of each ring. General admission is $15 and children 4-8 are $10 each day. Seats are on a space available basis. Corporate sponsorship tables are available for $1,000 and are located in the most prime viewing area in the venue where they will have the best seats and access to some of the behind-the-scenes action. This package includes 10 VIP, two-day guest passes, and custom title belt. Tickets may be purchased online through Eventbrite on the “Sugar Bert Boxing Promotions Title Belt National Qualifier - Punta Gorda, FL June 7-9, 2019” page. 

Boxers who want to participate can register online until 5/31 @ $20 or walk-up and register for $30. Competitors can register at www.SugarBertBoxingPromotions.com

NOTICE OF PRESS CONFERENCE
A press conference is scheduled for Friday, June 7 at 2 p.m. at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. A special guest will join Bert Wells, AKA Sugar Bert. The press conference is free and open to the media and public. 

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Copy: Hundreds of amateur boxers, their families, coaches, and fans will convene in Charlotte County June 7 – 9, 2019, during the Sugar Bert Boxing Title Belt National Qualifier at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Fla. 
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ABOUT SUGAR BERT BOXING PROMOTIONS
Sugar Bert Boxing Promotions (SBBP), owns and operates a large portfolio of boxers and boxing events worldwide. SBBP builds relationships with boxers, coaches, officials, parents, corporate sponsors, destinations, and local communities to provide unique opportunities for boxers and fans. Sugar Bert Boxing Championship series host 5 Sugar Bert Boxing National Qualifier around the country that help amateur boxers in the United States and other countries compete against each other leading into the 2020 Olympics. All the boxers from the 5 qualifiers roll into the 2019 National Championship scheduled for November 22 - 25 in Kissimmee Florida - Disney World held at the beautiful Park Inn by Radisson Resort & Conference Center Orlando. The National Championship attracted more than 1300 boxers and 400 coaches last year. Lear more: www.SugarBertBoxingPromotions.com

ABOUT USA BOXING
USA Boxing is the national governing body for Olympic-style amateur boxing. It is overseen by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Boxing Association (AIBA), who sets its rules.  
  
ABOUT PUNTA GORDA / ENGLEWOOD BEACH
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Punta Gorda /Englewood Beach is a charming collection of nine coastal communities surrounding the state’s second largest harbor. Florida’s premier year-round eco-tourism destination, the area offers a pristine unspoiled beauty. In 2014, Port Charlotte was named the top “U.S. Best Value Destination” by Trivago (the world’s largest online hotel search site), and the Charlotte Sports Park, spring training home of the Tampa Bay Rays, was voted “Best Spring Training Facility” by readers of USA TODAY. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach has been named one of SAIL magazine’s “10 Greatest Places to Sail in the United States,” ranked by Golf Digest as “Third Best Place to Live and Play Golf in America,” and rated by MONEY magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in the South.” Englewood was named second of the Top Ten emerging travel destinations in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.com. The area is served by five airports: The Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) with private and charter air service, Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ), Southwest Florida International Airport, Ft. Myers, (RSW), St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) and Tampa International Airport (TPA). For more information on visiting Punta Gorda / Englewood Beach visit http://PureFlorida.com or call1-800-652-6090.


CONTACTS:
Kela Bussey 
Sugar Bert Boxing
Tel: (678) 274-8847
kelah307@yahoo.com 

Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager
Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau     
Tel: (941) 743-1900                                                        
Jennifer.Huber@CharlotteCountyFL.gov 

Melissa Cederquist
Aqua Marketing & Communications, Inc. 
on behalf of the Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach Visitor & Convention Bureau 
Tel: (239) 398-3019
melissa@welcometoaqua.com