Y-PAL Continues to Provide Great Outlet for Valley Youth
YAKIMA, Wa - Boxing has a lot more going on than just hitting the other guy, it's a sport that's saving lives in the Yakima Valley.
Carlos Villanueva gets in his work at Yakima's Police Athletic League gym.
After a good run in the amateur ranks, the 20 year old from Yakima now has two pro wins under his belt.
Carlos has been boxing for half of his life, he laced up the gloves for the first time when he was just ten years old and right here in the Y-PAL program.
There are currently as many as sixty youngsters in Y-PAL's boxing program, all under the watchful eye of longtime professional boxing coach Reid Goyotte.
Coming up this Saturday, April 1, is the Y-PAL's second annual Fists of Fire Tournament at the OIC Building on Fruitvale. There will be 20 bouts, featuring some of the best young boxing talent from throughout the Northwest and California.
Proceeds from ticket sales will help pay for equipment and travel costs for Y-PAL which will allow them to continue training young boxers and provide transportation to other events.