By BOB ROTH
HUBBARD -- The K.O. Drugs High School Boxing Tournament will start Wednesday at the Hubbard High School gymnasium.
The doors will open at 6 p.m., with the first of 40 opening-night bouts beginning at 7.
There are three divisions: the underclass for ninth and 10th graders, the upper-class for 11th and 12th graders and one for females.
There will be 20 different weight classes in all divisions, with all bouts having three 45-second rounds. The fighters will use 18-ounce gloves and extra padded headgear.
The tournament, with a combined double-elimination and round-robin format, is open to all students in grades nine through 12, with no prior amateur boxing experience required.
The final night of action, May 29, will crown 30 champions who will receive title belts, with runners-up receiving trophies and certificates.
Eight 2001 tournament champions are returning for action.
Proceeds will benefit Hubbard's athletic and extracurricular programs, including the school's weight room. KO Drugs will award an academic scholarship to a high school student.
Tickets, available at the door each night, are each $5 for students and $10 for adults. For information, call (330) 702-1122.