The kids at Diamond Children’s Medical Center will receive a special surprise when world boxing champions Miguel Berchelt and Emanuel Navarrete, as well as challenger Francisco Vargas, deliver 100 teddy bears to the hospital ahead of their fights this week.
A pair of high-stakes, world-championship rematches feature Berchelt against Vargas and Navarrete against Isaac Dogboe in an ESPN doubleheader at Tucson Arena on Saturday evening, May 11.
Berchelt and Vargas will put aside their in-ring differences to visit with patients and their families, take photos and give bears to patients and their siblings. They will be joined by Arizona fighters Manny Guajardo and Carlos Castro.
“We are very excited to have a visit from Professionally-recognized Boxing Champions adding Tucson’s Banner-University Medical Center to their list of hospital destinations throughout the U.S.,” said Lori Mitts, Sr. Manager, Child Life Development for Diamond Children’s Hospital.
“These boxing champions will be personally visiting pediatric patients, room-by-room, delivering stuffed bears to every child and their sibling, escorted by our hospital’s Child Life department.”
Mitts continued, “Children often feel isolated in the hospital, often enduring very difficult and painful medical procedures and coping with serious conditions and diseases.
Community visitors lighten these young patients’ spirits and help normalize their day by spreading cheer and making them feel special. Professional Boxing Champions demonstrate their care by making time to focus on these children, who are champions in their own right.”
“Berchelt, Navarrete and Vargas are champions both inside and outside of the ring,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “Tucson is a great fight city, and these young boys and girls at the Diamond Children’s Medical Center embody the city’s fighting spirit.”
The May 11 card is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. Tickets are priced at $102, $77, $52 and $27. They can be purchased at any Ticketmaster outlet, online at www.Ticketmaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, or at the Tucson Convention Center ticket office. Doors to the Tucson Arena open at 3:00, and first bell is at 3:30.