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Jeremy Hall Waukegan will be actiSaturday’s pro boxing show Waukegan. | SPECIAL TO SUN-TIMES MEDIA

Jeremy Hall of Waukegan will be in action at Saturday’s pro boxing show in Waukegan. | SPECIAL TO SUN-TIMES MEDIA

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Saturday night at the Puerto Rican Society Hall on Sheridan Road, north of Belvidere (Route 120) and south of Washington Street).

Doors open at 6. First fight is at 7.

Ringside seats are $20. General admission is $10.

To get tickets in advance, call (312) 498-1670 or (847) 833-0763).

Updated: November 17, 2012 6:08AM

Over the years, boxing and the City of Waukegan have been a good fit for each other.

Whether the fights were at the late/great Fiesta Palace or at the Lake County Sports Center, the fans have come out to support quality shows.

This Saturday, the next show in the long-running series will be held at the Puerto Rican Society Hall of Sheridan Road, just north of Belvidere Street (Roue 120) in Waukegan.

A big crowd is expected, with tickets seemingly a great deal at $20 and $10 dollars. The first fight is at 7 p.m.

Ulises Arenas is promoting the card. He’s done boxing shows in Waukegan in the past, along with MMA programs.

He’s excited about the prospects of Saturday’s show.

“One of our goals is to help bring back boxing in Waukegan. There was a strong following in the past, and the Puerto Rican Society and the Fiesta Palace were a part of that. We’re looking forward to helping restore that connection with the community,” he said.

“We’ll be giving a scholarship to a Waukegan student. The amount will depend on how much we bring in at the door. Using boxing as a way to raise funds for a scholarship is one of the things we were looking to accomplish with this event.”

There will be more than a dozen fights, with boxers coming from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indian.

One of the big attractions is the pro debut of Mike McClary, who is a safety officer at Waukegan High School.

Another is Jeremy Hall, a 2010 Chicago Golden Gloves champ at 147 pounds in the Novice Division.

The 23-year-old McClary trains at the TNT boxing gym in Waukegan. He’s a 147-pounder.

“I’ve been boxing now for about five months. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and I was fortunate to finally meet the right people,” McClary said.

“I’m actually excited. I think everybody I know is more nervous for me than I am.”

He said the people at Waukegan High are aware he’s going to be fighting.

“They talk to me about it all the time. I think it’s something where a lot of them just respect that somebody is willing to go out there and try it,” he said.

“I’m interested in making something out of it (boxing),” McClary added. “I usually don’t take up something unless I’m serious about it. I’m planning on seeing how far I can go with this.”

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