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A pounding challenge

Wannabe boxers from around the University gathered in the Amphitheater yesterday afternoon to work out and win prizes.

HBO, ESPN The Magazine and Student Council co-sponsored the "Pound-for-Pound Challenge College Tour" which began at noon and ended with a drawing at 4 p.m.

"It's a promotional event to get college students interested in boxing," said John Finley, fourth-year College student and Student Council chief financial officer.

After signing a waiver, participants tried their hand at various activities from punching a smaller speed bag, a larger heavy bag, jumping with a skip rope, partaking in the Slam Man Showdown and joining a workout session.

Students won prizes based on the number of activities they participated in. Available prizes included gym bags, key chains, HBO Heart and Soul of Boxing t-shirts, hats and boxer shorts.

All participants were entered in a drawing to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to the next HBO Title Fight in a currently unknown location.

Fourth-year College student Jeremy Chou was the lucky winner of the grand prize yesterday afternoon. Chou said he had never entered a contest prior to this one because he did not believe he had a shot at winning.

"You never really think you'll win," Chou said. "I just did it for fun. I thought it was a joke."

But the contest was no joke and now Chou can look forward to an all-expense paid trip to sit in the stands at the next HBO match.

Compiled by Kelly Coffey and June Biolsi