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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Diamond Tello, a 118-pound 12-year-old, peppers a male opponent during a sparring session Jan. 23 in the city auditorium basement, which mutates from romper room to hotbox each Monday and Wednesday evening starting in November.

Willmar notebook: Boxing club has a Diamond in the rough


Not too long ago, the Hockey State considered the puckish sport the boys’ domain. That changed irreversibly in the 1990s.

So it is with boxing. The Willmar Golden Gloves Club has long been integrated with regard to the sexes.


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Rand Middleton

Covers Willmar and area high schools and Ridgewater College, plus amateur baseball, stock car racing and fitness events in summer. Writes weekly column since 1980. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 

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