CHARLOTTE HARBOR & THE GULF ISLANDS (May 31, 2016) – Tickets are now on sale for the Sugar Bert Boxing Title Belt National Qualifier Tournament scheduled for June 11 & 12 at the Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor St.) in Punta Gorda, Fla. Five hundred amateur boxers of all ages and weight classes will compete in three different rings over two full days in an Olympic-style boxing tournament. 

This is a double elimination tournament and winners of each weight class division(s) will win a Title Belt and advance to the National Championship, November 18 -21, 2016, in Kissimmee, Fla., at The Park Inn Radisson Resort Disney World. The Sugar Bert Boxing Title Belt National Qualifier Tournament is produced by Sugar Bert Boxing Promotions in partnership with the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA), USA Boxing, Title Boxing, and Team IP.

VIP ringside seats are $25 each day and single day general admission tickets are $15. Admission for children, ages 4 – 8, is $10 each day. Doors open at 10 a.m. both days. Tickets may be purchased online at www.sugarbertboxingpromotions.com/puntagorda.

The Charlotte Harbor Boxing Club anticipates approximately five local boxers will compete in the tournament. It’s anticipated the event will attract 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.

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

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

Kelsey Marineau, Senior Account Executive            
Aqua on behalf of Charlotte Harbor Visitor & Convention Bureau            
(561) 267-5796       
KMarineau@WelcomeToAqua.com