6/4/2013 2:17:00 PM Golden Cobra returns to the ring for fund-raising
Sam Williams (left) and Jase Briseno (right) stand with Quince’s manager Mike Beecham in front of the truck that Steve Coury Automotive Family donated for Golden Cobra to auction off at its’ Down and Dirty III.. VVN/Travis Guy
Golden Cobra owner Richard Williams explains the raffles to two Cottonwood residents in front of Quince restaurant. The gym is raffling off a father’s day package and a custom truck. VVN/Travis Guy
For the third time in four months, the Golden Cobra Center of Fitness will be holding another set of title and exhibition fights for everyone's enjoyment and the benefit of the kids that train at the gym.
Gym owner Richard Williams has been working tirelessly behind the scenes for the past few months to set-up the cards, match-up fighters and make sure everything is at the fights that is needed (officials, medics, food) while trying to juggle a family and full-time job. He is happy to work the long hours because, as he will tell you if you ever ask him, he is doing what he loves and living his dream, he owns a gym and is able to train children form the community and his own family.
While having smoker fights is a good way for the mini-cobras to get experience, the events also serve as a fund-raising tool for the gym and the young children for a planned trip to Florida for the IKF World Classic.
The mini-cobras will travel to Orlando July 19-21 for the tournament that brings fighters from all over the U.S.A. to compete against each other.
To go along with the fund-raising from the smoker fights, Golden Cobra has been selling raffle tickets all week in front of the new restaurant Quince. The parents and children have been able to set up a table to bring in some more money for the trip, which is going well, largely because Cottonwood is a community that helps each other out.
The raffle's main draw is a truck that Golden Cobra is raffling off at its next set of fights, Down and Dirty III, on June 8. The event will have about 10-12 bouts and is headlined by two Muay Thai title fights. The first is for the South Mountain Regional Junior Cruiserweight belt, and pits Antonio Martinez, from Flagstaff, against Cruz Garcia, of Albuquerque. The second title fight, and main event of the evening, involves Phil Gage, fighting out of Phoenix and representing Golden Cobra, squaring off against Victor Alvarez of Simi Valley, Calif., for the South Mountain Regional Welterweight belt.
Unlike the previous events that began in the evening, Down and Dirty III's fights will kick off at 2 p.m. and will be followed by mud bog championships. The fights and races will be held at the Steve Coury Automotive Family, in between Camp Verde and Cottonwood on highway 260, on June 8.