Local youth boxers win national titles despite pandemic


With the sports world having to adapt during challenging times, two youth boxers overcame major obstacles to achieve success in the ring. 

Last month, Allan Hernandez and Karma Farber, both 11, took on competitors from across the world and both came out on top to win national championship belts in the bantam division at the 2020 Sugarbert Nationals Championship in Punta Gorda. 

11-year old Allan "Nuno" Fernandez won a national championship at the 2020 SugarBert National Championship in Punta Gorda last month.

Despite COVID-19, the event, which is annually one of the largest amateur boxing events in the U.S, still brought in over 400 boxers across all age groups.

Hernandez, Farber and two other competitors from the Palm Bay ROUND13 Boxing Club made the trip across the state to take part. 

At the start of the pandemic, the club itself was shut down for training and brought the added challenge for the young boxers to find ways to remain sharp. By working out at home and being able to train at other local facilities, Hernandez and Farber each were able to win their second national title in their young boxing careers. 

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