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7/25/2012 8:52:00 AM
Hells Angels to host August boxing event
Organizer asks public to set aside 'preconceived ideas'
Review/Matt SantosLarry Scott, member of the Hells Angels Arizona Nomads, is helping to organize a Boxing Smoker to be held at Doreenís Bar and Grill in Chino Valley. The Aug. 18  event is being held to promote youth boxing in the area.
Review/Matt Santos

Larry Scott, member of the Hells Angels Arizona Nomads, is helping to organize a Boxing Smoker to be held at Doreenís Bar and Grill in Chino Valley. The Aug. 18 event is being held to promote youth boxing in the area.
Matt Santos

Doreen's Bar and Grill in Chino Valley will play host to a Boxing Smoker on Saturday, Aug. 18. The all-day event is being sponsored by the Hells Angels Arizona Nomads, local members of the international motorcycle club.

Larry Scott, a longtime Chino Valley resident and member of the club, is helping organize the event. Scott says he hopes the public will set aside any preconceived ideas about the club, instead focusing on the purpose of the event.

"We're putting this on for the kids in town," said Scott. "There will be matches based on weight classes and even a female class. So far the youngest division is the 11-year-olds."

Scott says the club is expecting more than 100 riders and their families from around the state, as well as visiting clubs for inter-club bouts featuring adult boxers. He acknowledges that some in town won't welcome such a large group of riders, especially in the wake of the 2010 shootout between members of his group and Vagos, a rival club.

In June, the charges against seven defendants from the 2010 case, including Scott, were dismissed in Yavapai County Superior Court.

Sending out an open invitation to the community, Scott hopes the town will give the event a chance.

"All I ask is that before anyone makes up their mind about me or about the club, they come out and hang with us, see what we're all about," said Scott. "I ask that the folks in the community not believe what they read or what they hear, but come over and hang out with us. We're no different than anyone else."

The Aug. 18 event will feature three-one minute rounds in the kids classes. Event organizers will provide headgear and 16-ounce gloves. Boxers will need to provide their own mouthpieces.

Scott says Robert Vaughan, a paramedic, will serve as an in-ring referee to ensure the safety of the fighters. Vaughan will also handle early registration in an effort to provide even match ups.

"We're hoping everyone will register early, that way we can make sure they get evenly matched. Vaughan's taking care of that, looking at weight, skill, and experience," said Scott, adding that there are several gyms in the area where boxers can train, including Golden Cobra in Cottonwood. "What's really important though, is that with this altitude, they train and get some air in them. That's the biggest thing."

Scott is confident that the event will go on with little or no trouble, but said he wanted to get the word out early to avoid causing worry in the community.

"We're going to have more than 100 bikes and I can anticipate a few folks seeing us ride into town and get a little worried," said Scott. "I went over and had a talk with Police Chief Chuck Wynn, to let him know what we're planning, and to see if we needed any permits or anything. I did that as a sign of respect to let him know we don't want or expect any trouble."

"Mr. Scott came to see me, to inform me of the event and let me know what's taking place," said Wynn, CVPD chief. "I told him that my concerns are, as always, the safety of the public. That's number one. The safety of those participating in and attending the event is also very important. We talked about informing the public, because in the past, we've had large events and people weren't told about them. When that happens, we start to get curiosity calls to 911 and that can overwhelm the system. And, obviously, with motorcycles, traffic, and music, it increases that curiosity."

Wynn added that his department plans to increase patrols that day, in an effort to stop any issues before they arise.

"As with any event this size, we will beef up patrol because of the additional traffic," said Wynn. "And this one, because it's happening at a bar where alcohol will be served, has the potential for spin-off problems."

Following the first bouts beginning at 10 a.m., the boxers will take a break at 1 p.m. to hold a bike run. The run will begin at Doreen's on Arizona Trail, then cross N Hwy 89 to Road 4 North. The caravan of more than 100 bikes will then proceed west to Yuma Dr., south on Yuma, then east on Road 3 North. They will then travel north on Hwy 89 back to Doreen's.

"We're going up to Yuma past Teddy Toth's house, because more than likely, he's not going to be able to come to Doreen's. Anyone who wants to ride is welcome to join the run," said Scott.

Toth, a member of the local Nomad chapter, suffers from ailing health. His Yuma Dr. house was the scene of the 2010 shootout.

This event is not unique for the club according to Scott, who also helped organize a toy drive this past winter.

"We're involved in community groups all over the country, all over the world," said Scott. "Last year our chapter collected toys at Christmas time by talking to the public and hosting bike runs. We took the toys up to the Boys and Girls Center in Kingman. We were able to collect enough to take care all those kids, giving them a really nice Christmas."

Scott hopes the August event will open up an opportunity for him to start a gym in Chino Valley sometime in the near future.

"This is where I'm from and I'd like to do something to keep these kids out of trouble," said Scott. "My whole deal is that I want to do something for the kids. I'd like to see kids start boxing, giving them a place fight or to learn how to fight. I hope it keeps them from straying off and getting into trouble. This town used to have a nice skate park, my own kids used to hang out there. But financially, the town couldn't keep it and that's really sad for the kids."

Scott said his time coaching football for Chino Valley High School and his involvement in the now defunct local rodeo opened his eyes to a real need in the community.

"I've coached high school football and I was involved in bringing rodeo to town years ago as Steer Wrestling Director," said Scott. "It's important to provide an outlet for kids, and some kids aren't able to participate in organized sports like football, baseball, or soccer. It takes a lot of time and can be really expensive. Realistically, a lot of families in Chino just can't afford it."

He says he hopes to develop his gym as a non-profit organization, providing an inexpensive place for kids to work out.

"If I can get enough support from the community to pay the rent and keep the lights on, that would be great."

Admission to the Aug. 18 event is $10 per person, $15 per couple. Admission is free to boxers and children 12 and under. Late registration will begin at 8 a.m. on the day of the event.

Vaughan can be reached at 928-899-7647 for early registration.

More information on food and drink specials, as well as the days other entertainment is available by calling Doreen's at 928-636-0309.

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• Police plan zero tolerance patrols for Hells Angels boxing event
• Editorial: Let's hope event is uneventful

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Article comment by: Native Arizonan

Kudos, Larry Scott! Someone actually DOING something positive for the kids and the community!
Seems like there's a bit of flack from the non-Arizona transplants that hail from Cali or watch too much A & E/Nat Geo. HA's have been in the Chino community for DECADES. Take the patches off the incident on Yuma and you'd have citizens protecting their property: It would have NEVER made National Headlines.
For the "ignorant", you probably deal with HA's at the checkout counter, repair shop, service industry, the VA hospital, everywhere, and you wouldn't have a clue. They are part of our community.
Take your pre-conceived notions and leave then at the city limits.

Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014
Article comment by: Deborah Montelongo

I had the pleasure of meeting Bobby (H A Pres. Chino Valley) last night at a Leathernecks MC event. He was pointed out to me by a "hang around" A very close Friend... I was told of the Boxing Event and asked to be a Vendor that day... Of Course we said YES... I must say that I see Small Minded people in every walk of life.... Those who continue to talk a spread crap about M Cs are the exact ones that keep the lies alive... When your scared you show it by keeping the rumors going... I've seen those same ppl run for the hills when the ""Big Bad Bikers"" come to town.... These days we all have a common ground.... Kids and The Less Fortunate are the keepers of our hearts!!!... Its so easy to Stereotype.. I find myself doing it myself.... However, I force myself to understand, to make attempts to meet and learn from those I 'm unsure of... We should all be more in tune with bettering ourselves... I've seen a Big Difference in M Cs the last 10 yrs... Working towards a better relationship with the community... This is just the beginning ppl.... Soon... Very Soon... Bikers will be as common as Cowboys.... Ride That Steel Horse Boys!!!!

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: sally becker

I can't believe all this crap that is being posted. Doreen's will have my support for trying to have an event that will help the kids in this town. How many of your kids have been in trouble because they are home alone with nothing to do. Where are the parents of any kid that gets in trouble "WORKING". Maybe if the kids had something to do, like boxing they would respect themselves and stay out of trouble. Hell Angels do more for kids than you do. Christmas runs make a hugh difference in families lives. Do You?

Posted: Saturday, August 18, 2012
Article comment by: Flint Kakigaamig

Put your pre-conceived notions aside, come and spend a few hours enjoying the food and libations. Then make up your own mind.You'll get a better picture and be glad you came.

Posted: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Article comment by: matt ...

To law enforcement,
Please crack these (people) till they break. Show me you can keep my family and friends safe. Dont let these (people) get away with anything! This is OUR town. Stay sharp, stay safe.

To doreens,
(tisk tisk) no longer will i even mention your existence. its a damn shame. ...

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Casino b

Re Crimewave.
Here is a real scenario for you, that's not related to either law enforcement, or motorcycle clubs. when I was in my early twenties, I met this pretty girl at a party, and we started going to different parties that night, and ending up at a ASU party. Come to find out She had a brother on the football team. Well he did not like me very much. He did not like the way I dressed, or the length of my hair,and he let me know it. She told me not to worry about him, and that was just the way he was. The next week we were at a similar party, and guess who was there. Her brother, and 3 of his teammates. Well it was on. they kicked the crap outta me. I got a few good shots in, but was no match for the four of them. So now am I to believe that the whole ASU Football team was a gang, or maybe even every college football team is a gang. No, I don't think so. I think I just ran into a bully that did not like me, and he got his brothers to help him do what he wanted to do.
You can't judge the whole of any group by the actions of a few, and that's it!

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Um No Thanks

You can improve the image, but as long as crime is a current event with the Hells Angels, I wouldn't trust them either. Like the other commenter said, educate yourself. It's a big organization. If he was sincere, he should leave the Hells Angels and start a new crime-free bike organization. Then, earn the publics trust by hosting family events without a Hells Angel present. I think I had to read the headlines twice.

Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Article comment by: Casino Bob

Re. Crimewave
It sounds to me like your labeling all MCs to be the same. When they are all very different. Especially the club you named. It's unfortunate you were in that situation, and that occurred to you when you were younger, but situations like that can occur around many groups. I personally watched 6 cops pepper spray, and proceed to kick the crap out of one of my friends several years ago for standing up, after he was told to sit down on a noise complaint that our music was too loud, and when my other friends, and I protested they asked us who wanted to be next, and when one of my other friends asked to file a complaint against the officers, they did the same thing to him. So does that make them a gang also? The Club has a saying that rings very true "We do good, no one ever remembers. We do bad, no one ever forgets"
All I'm saying is you cannot label them all for the acts of a few. Every organization has the potential for both good, and bad, but it does not make them all bad.

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012
Article comment by: Crime wave

re.Casino Bob
I tried to protect a bikers ol lady from getting hit in the head with a barstool when i was a much younger man. This guy was a bandito and after I took the barstool he and about 4 other bandito brothers beat the living hell out of me. I was told never to get in between a brother and his ol' lady. I know how they take care of each other. It is a pack mentality. Thats why they roam in packs, if you are honest with yourself you know I am right. No such thing as a fair fight with a gang.

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012
Article comment by: MIKE B.


Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012
Article comment by: Casino Bob

I can't begin to believe all of the negative comments made on here about The HAMC. It reads like a law enforcement propaganda routine, calling these men thugs, drug dealers, and every other derogatory term you can think of. Do any of you people even know one of them, or ever met one, or do you just believe everything you hear about them? Well I am proud to know several, and every single one is 10 times more respectful than your average citizen. They are honest men of their word, and mean what they say. Something rare in people today. Well I will be there, with my kids, and I'll feel safer than being in any other public place where anything could happen. Who would have ever thought it would not be safe to go to a Batman movie?

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012
Article comment by: Chino Man

Hey you guys, if you really want to do something to serve the community then shoot down some of those unmanned drones instead of boxing matches.

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012
Article comment by: T. scott

Read all the other articles about the hells angel nomads in the whole chino valley shooting, it was set up by an GITTEM informant.. and then the state prosicutor lies to the grand jury saying their is no more information for the case , she withheld information about the informant! she should be charged with a crime for lying to the grand jury. my dad is larry scott and he is an average person who works, pays his taxes and is a father as well as a grandfather. just because he has a patch on his back that means you have to label him all sorts of names... get to know someone before like he said having any 'preconceived ideas'. thank you.

Posted: Monday, July 30, 2012
Article comment by: Dr Watson

I don't know if I would say the event's name "Chino Shootout" is in bad taste or quite comical, I guess It's in how you perceive it. I do know that I would not let my kids anywhere near a Hells Angels event no matter if it was for a good cause or not. And to Doreen's I think this was a huge mistake, you have just lost face with the town.

Posted: Sunday, July 29, 2012
Article comment by: two cents

Dear Pant,
This would be a perfect opportunity to make a few drug related busts, but just remember most of these big scary looking dudes make their girlfriends carry the drugs.

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