Martin Luther King Center Expanding Boxing Club

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - An update on a story NewsWest 9 brought you earlier this summer.

The Martin Luther King Center in Midland is home to a free boxing club made up of kids around the neighborhood who hit the ring every day for boxing lessons.

The boxing coach built the facility almost entirely from community donations.

The interest grew so rapidly, they're now doubling in size.

About 40 kids practice each day and now volunteers are building a new ring inside the same venue, all thanks to donations.

Midland Parks and Recreation tells NewsWest 9, the expansion will open up new opportunities for kids in the community.

"The neat thing about that is, it's going to allow us to serve even more kids. Not only from a recreational standpoint, but the kids can also aspire to compete at a different level which is pretty neat," Ben Telesca with Midland Parks and Recreation, said.

The young boxers have spent the past few months boxing against other clubs all over the basin.

Now, they're looking statewide hoping to compete in other cities across Texas.