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Fundraiser set for Parkrose boxer bound for national Junior Olympics

A 16-year-old Portland amatuer boxer is raising funds to travel to the Junior Olympics national championship tournament in Mobile, Ala., starting on July 31.

Lorenzo Caldera is a Parkrose High student and Oregon Golden Gloves champion. Caldera, who trains at Curt's Ultimate Fitness and Fighting Arts Gym, placed third in the nation this spring at the national Silver Gloves tournament in Kansas City, Mo. He was first in the three-state Region 12 competition to qualify for the national Junior Olympics.

A fundraising dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, at Catalina's Restaurant, 517 N.E. Killingsworth St. The menu includes chicken mole and enchiladas, rice, beans, chips and salsa, with beverages included. Cost is $15, and all proceeds go to pay tournament expenses for Caldera. The cost qualifies as a tax-deductable contribution. For more information, call 503-425-9768.

Caldera trains at Curt's Ultimate Fitness and Fighting Arts Gym.

Now fighting at 132 pounds, he has been a competitive boxer since age 8, when he started with the Knott Street Boxing Team of Matt Dishman Community Center. 

All competitors in the national Junior Olympics tournament are 15 or 16.

Other Portland-area boxers competing will be 125-pound Efrain Estrada of the West Portland Boxing Club; 125-pound Laura Garfias of Chief Cornerstone Boxing in Hillsboro; and 138-pound Jose Lopez, also of Chief Cornerstone.