Heartland Boxing Championship makes a return to Hastings

Published: Nov. 12, 2021 at 7:20 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Boxers are in Hastings for the Heartland Boxing Championship going on this weekend — and they didn’t exactly have to travel very far.

Six boxers from the Tri-Cities planned to compete in the championship at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hastings City Auditorium.

One of the participants, Brandon Diaz of Hastings, was training with the event co-promoter, Rebuen Rodriguez, who said Diaz would bringing forth quite the competition.

“Brandon Diaz, my amateur boxer, yeah, I got him all the way to the National Golden Gloves,” Rodriguez said. “He’s actually here from Hastings, he lives here in Hastings, but he drives to Grand Island, trains for me in Grand Island ... tough kid, really talented.”

Rodriguez added, he may have helped him get to the National Golden Gloves, but it was Diaz who truly got himself there. Diaz recently made an appearance in the tournament, and come Saturday, Rodriguez said Diaz would be boxing Johnny Montalvo.

Montalvo lives in Omaha but is originally from North Platte, Nebraska. He planned to compete in the event Saturday.

The Heartland Boxing Championship was only returning to Hastings for it’s second time, but the competition had been going on for seven years. Rodriguez said there were reasons they continued to bring it back each year.

“We give our local pro-fighters, you know, the spot to shine and build them up the right way instead of just getting called to go to the east or the west coast or down south in Texas to be just an opponent,” he noted. “You know, we want to become contenders in this area and, these guys are doing it.”

Ringside seats were already sold out, but general admission tickets would be able for purchase when the doors open at 6 p.m. The first fight was planned to begin at 7 p.m.

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