Next time you're driving along a Riverton roadway, keep your ears open.

Hear that sound?Rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, thump.

Rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, thump.

The staccato rhythm of muscle, speed and heavy bags will soon be felt in a southwest corner of the Salt Lake Valley.

Recently, Riverton and the Salt Lake County Recreation and Parks Division reached an interlocal agreement to establish a community boxing center.

The center will be housed in the Riverton Community Center, 12860 S. Redwood Road, and be managed by Utah's first family of fighting, the Fullmers.

"My brothers and I have received a lot of calls from people hoping we would set up a center," said West Jordan resident and former middle-weight champion Gene Fullmer. "This will be good for kids."

Although open to anyone, the focus of the boxing center will be area youths.

Participants must join the Amateur Boxing Federation, and promising young fighters will train for local Golden Gloves competitions.

And yes, girls will be welcome, said Fullmer, who admits seeing women trade punches in the ring took some getting used to.

The interlocal agreement marks the first Salt Lake County has dabbled in a boxing program, largely because now it will be free of any injury liability, said Glen Cox of the parks and recreation division.

ABF membership provides liability insurance.

The county is expected to provide $15,000 to buy boxing and training equipment.

"We thought this would be a nice way to assist Riverton and the Fullmers, but we're not looking at any (involvement) beyond this," Cox said.

The boxing center will not employ city or county workers and is expected to be self-supportive.

While some Utahns may not be fond of boxing, Riverton city administrator Ken Leetham said his office has not received any complaints.

Those wanting more information on the boxing program may contact Nick Butterfield at 541-2770.