Boxing club resumes bouts

Published 11:17 am Monday, March 18, 2013

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Amateur boxing bouts have resumed at a Grand Forks-area club, one month after a North Dakota man collapsed in the ring and later died.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jeremiah “J.J.” Moen, of Grand Forks, suffered a seizure and lost consciousness following the first round of his Feb. 16 match in East Grand Forks. He died on Feb. 20.

The Forx Fighters club, which shut down for a week after Moen’s death, was back in action Saturday with 11 scheduled bouts at the East Grand Forks American Legion club.

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Club coach Eddie Obregon unveiled a plaque with Moen’s photo, paid for by the families of fellow boxers.

Boxer Reid Nelson says Moen’s death has weighed on him and dedicated his Saturday match to his former teammate.