Calling all East Texas doctors. An M.D., or two, are needed this weekend to help save a legendary boxing tournament. Kids at the Byron Payton Gym in Troup continue to train tonight, hoping a doctor will be found to work the 20th annual Byron Payton Boxing tournament this weekend. Their usual doctor is on emergency room duty this weekend, and without a replacement doctor, teams from all over East Texas and as far away as Dallas and Houston will be told to stay home.
"It's something (the kids) have worked very hard for," said Troup Boxing Association President Sherry Villa, "a lot of months of training and getting ready for competition. And so, I'm asking the East Texas community of medical physicians to please come out and help us Saturday night and Sunday afternoon with amateur boxing. Bring your family and your friends, we'll put them at ringside and let them have a good afternoon and a nice evening of just enjoying amateur boxing and watching the kids."
A doctor is needed beginning at 5:30pm on Saturday for physicals. Competition is scheduled to go until around 10:3pm Saturday night. A doctor is also needed for Sunday's competition, beginning at 12:30pm and continuing until around 5:00pm.
If you are a doctor who would like to help, you can call, Troup Boxing Association president Sherry Villa at 903-894-4498, or 903-721-3584. Or, you can e-mail Sherry at JSVRJ@earthlink.net.
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