Boxers taking hits for a good cause - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Boxers taking hits for a good cause

Posted:

Would you take a few punches to the face if it were for a good cause?  Almost 100 guys were doing just that Wednesday night at Notre Dame, and it's part of a decades old tradition.  This is the 83rd year of the Bengal Bouts.  It raises money for the Holy Cross Mission in Bangladesh.

The motto of these bouts is "Strong bodies fight, that weak bodies may be nourished."  The money raised from these boxing matches goes to Bangladesh for schools, health care clinics and more.  "Still one of the poorest countries in the world," said Terry Johnson, "so we knew not only were we competing athletically but we were doing it for a great cause."  Johnson has been a referee for the Bengal Bouts since the 70's.  Before that he boxed in them himself.  "Back then it was legendary boxing coach Dominic "Nappy" Napolitano."

Dominic "Nappy" Napolitano started the Bengal Bouts in 1931.  Just years after Knute Rockne started boxing at Notre Dame to keep football players in shape in the off season.  83 years later it's turned into a huge tradition at the University.  "It's a good mix of staying in shape, learning boxing, learning a new sport but the charity aspect of it is huge too.  All the work we do in Bangladesh is really important...really special," said Danny Leicht.  Leicht is boxing in the bouts for his third year.  He was able to really understand why just last year.  "Last summer I spent 8 weeks over in Bangladesh," said Leicht, "a lot of people are in situations that are pretty dire."

He said now that he's seen where the money from the bouts is going he has a lot more people in his corner this year.  "You're not just fighting for yourself, you're fighting for everyone we met over there.  Priests, sisters, children"

Wednesday night was only the quarter finals of the Bengal Bouts, the finals will be held in March.  After the finals they'll know how much money they've raised this year.  Their goal is to beat last year when they raised over $200,000.

 

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Two shot, one killed in downtown Chicago office building

    Two shot, one killed in downtown Chicago office building

    200 block of LaSalle in Chicago (FOX32 photo)200 block of LaSalle in Chicago (FOX32 photo)
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A recently demoted executive entered a Loop office building in Chicago on Thursday morning and shot the company’s CEO before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said. The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. at the ArrowStream company on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building, 231 S. LaSalle St. “Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.More >>
    CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A recently demoted executive entered a Loop office building in Chicago on Thursday morning and shot the company’s CEO before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide, authorities said. The shooting happened just before 10 a.m. at the ArrowStream company on the 17th floor of the Bank of America building, 231 S. LaSalle St. “Apparently he was despondent over the fact that he got demoted,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.More >>
  • 2 arrested after judge spots own stolen bike

    2 arrested after judge spots own stolen bike

    Two juveniles have been arrested after an Ingham County judge spotted one of them pedaling around on his stolen bicycle.More >>
    Two juveniles have been arrested after an Ingham County judge spotted one of them pedaling around on his stolen bicycle.More >>
  • Strong Thunderstorms moving through Michiana

    Strong Thunderstorms moving through Michiana

    Strong Thunderstorms are on the move toward central La Porte County Friday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, a strong thunderstorm is located near Westville moving East at 10 miles per hour. One-half inch diameter hail, 40 mph or higher wind gusts, lighting and heavy downpours are expected. La Porte, Kingsford Heights, Pinhook, Pinola, Union Mills, Kingsbury and Tracy are in the path of the storm. This includes interstate 80 and 90 between mile markers 38 and 47.More >>
    Strong Thunderstorms are on the move toward central La Porte County Friday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, a strong thunderstorm is located near Westville moving East at 10 miles per hour. One-half inch diameter hail, 40 mph or higher wind gusts, lighting and heavy downpours are expected. La Porte, Kingsford Heights, Pinhook, Pinola, Union Mills, Kingsbury and Tracy are in the path of the storm. This includes interstate 80 and 90 between mile markers 38 and 47.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.