CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS (Feb. 09, 2016) - Sugar Bert Boxing Promotions in partnership with the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA), USA Boxing, Title Boxing, and Team IP announced the Sugar Bert Boxing Title Belt National Qualifier Tournament June 10 – 12 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center. Hundreds of amateur boxers, their families, coaches, and fans will converge in Punta Gorda with hopes of advancing to the National Championships in Kissimmee, Fla. – DISNEY WORLD.

The Tournament is open to amateur boxers of all ages with three rings of simultaneous matches Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. -10 p.m. and the Championship Sunday, June 12 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. This USA Boxing Association Sanctioned event is a qualifier for the National Championships in November 2016. The total cost for boxers to compete is $35. The General Admission for spectators is $15 per day.

According to CEO Bert Wells AKA Sugar Bert, “The world of amateur boxing will never be the same! Punta Gorda, Florida is a spectacular locale and the community is rolling out the red carpet for our boxers! We are excited to have our national qualifier for 2016 here in Punta Gorda at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center!”

“The Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau is looking forward to partnering with the Charlotte Harbor Boxing Club to host this high-profile boxing event,” said Sean Doherty, Sports Marketing Manager with the Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau, “Our destination has hosted many successful boxing events in the past and are excited to bring the sport back to Punta Gorda providing all of Southwest Florida the opportunity to come out and experience some quality entertainment.”

The Charlotte Harbor Boxing Club anticipates approximately five local boxers will compete in the tournament. It’s anticipated the event will attract 400 – 500 amateur boxers both male and female in all age groups and weight classifications.

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. More info at 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 Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands
Located halfway between Tampa and Naples on the Southwest Florida Gulf Coast, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands 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 been 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, Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands 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 (PDG) with commercial, 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 Charlotte Harbor visit www.CharlotteHarborTravel.com or call1-800-652-6090.

CONTACTS:
Vince Bailey
Sugar Bert Boxing Promotions
Tel: (770) 864-7135
Email: vince@sugarbertboxingpromotions.com

Jennifer Huber, Tourism Public Relations Manager
Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau
Tel: (941) 743-1900
Jennifer.Huber@CharlotteCountyFL.gov