Ex-boxing champ Magaña gives back to Valley youths

Former World Boxing Organization Inter-Continental super bantamweight champion Jesse Magaña will give a motivational speech to youths at Kings County Boxing at 5 p.m. Saturday.

“If you want to change a life, you need to talk to them in person. Any time we can talk to kids, we have a chance to guide them in the right direction,” Magaña said in a news release from Armona-based KC Boxing.

Jesse Magana, shown in this December 2004 file photo, is a former WBO champ who grew up in Fresno and later fought as a pro out of Hanford.

Magaña was born in Mexico but went to Clovis, Fresno and Roosevelt highs before getting his high school certificate at Hanford Adult School.

“I wasn’t the best kid, but boxing put me on the right track. Boxing isn’t all about fighting, it’s about dedication and applying yourself. It helped turn my life around,” Magaña said.

The event is open to the public.

Kings County Boxing is at 11440 Oak Ave. in Armona.