57 year old Leif Skyving, stand up comedian, Caldwell School Board Trustee and candidate for State Senate has just been issued a license by the Idaho Athletic Commission to fight this Saturday April 7 at O’Connor field house in Caldwell.
Leif says he’s “excited, boxing has been a lifelong interest and I’ve always wanted to see what it is like to actually be in the ring. The fact that this event is to raise money for a good cause makes it even more exciting”. The proceeds from this event will go to help disadvantaged teenagers by purchasing equipment and space to expand the mixed martial arts programs at Open Hand Combat in Nampa and Team No Excuse in Caldwell. These are the two organizations responsible for putting this event together. Leif belongs to Team No Excuse and has been training for the past year. “I’ve finished three marathons since I turned 50” says Skyving “but the conditioning and discipline required for boxing and mixed martial arts is far beyond any I’ve experienced as a runner”. “These programs are great for kids, it teaches discipline, physical fitness and self esteem all while giving them something worthwhile to do after school and on breaks”. Skyving’s opponent is a 61 year old former police detective. “I’m sure he’s had a lot of training as an officer, but at 57 I have youth on my side” quipped Skyving.
Skyving will not be the only one fighting Saturday night, Sheily and Johnny Perez who own and coach at Caldwell’s Team No Excuse and are organizing and promoting this even along with Cosmo Zimik of Open Hand Combat in Nampa. put it this way in a recent face book post:
”T-Minus 2 days till weigh ins and 3 days till the competion begins..Dont miss out on the K1 Fights this Saturday at the OConner Field house representing ” At Risk Youth” what a way to show support to the people who help keep these kids off the street and out of trouble with a great avenue to vent and show their skills then here at the K1 Fights.. We have 6 fighters on this card.. Titus Mitchell 9 yrs old – 65lbs, Greg Litty 13yrs old- 95lbs, Annette Villegas 150lbs (title fight) Jose Montes 185lbs,Leif Skyving 205lbs and 57 yrs old and Benito Lopez our heavy weight and fighting for a belt.. you can see these fighters and all others on the posters around the area Tickets are $15, $25 and $50 dont miss out”
For more information contact
Leif Skyving at 208-250-6339
Promoter Johnny Perez (Team No Excuse) 208-890-4356
Cosmo Zimik Event Organizer (Open Hand Combat)