OMAHA (KPTM) - The Victory Boxing Club has been turning out boxers since 2005. In the span of seven years Reverend Servando Perales has seen a lot of boxers. However, none like Mark Bystrek.
"Mark was one of those guys who didn't associate himself much with other boxers he was just focused, he was so determined and was so hungry," Perales said.
Mark would run from his home in Papillion to the club every day, that was more than 14 miles every day.
"He just loved being down here, he felt comfortable and he loved boxing," Mark's dad Dan Bystrek said.
Mark, a Papillion South High School graduate, took his life in June. His body was found in a pond at Schwer Park.
On Saturday night, The Victory Boxing Club will be hosting the Mark Bystrek Memorial Showdown. Fifteen amateur boxing matches will be held outside at the Comfort Inn Suites near 70th and Grover St will start at 6:00 PM CDT.
Funds from the event will help the Bystrek family with suicide prevention awareness. Also funding will help The Victory Boxing Club pay off its building.
The Victory Boxing Club's mission is to provide a safe refuge for the youth of Omaha by the pouring of Christian principles into their lives through the gift of boxing. In 2011, Victory Boxing Club opened a Community Center in the basement of the club. This provides a safe environment for our neighborhood kids to learn and study after school, the club says.
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