More than 125 amateur boxers – ranging from open class to novice, masters and Junior Olympians – have already registered to compete in the upcoming 130th annual USA Boxing New England Championships which will be hosted by Quietman Sports Gym at two Massachusetts venues.
Quietman Sports Gym in Medford (MA) is owned and operated by two-time world heavyweight boxing champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz, the first and only world heavyweight champion of Hispanic heritage.
The quarterfinals will be held Saturday, November 7, followed by the following Saturday’s (Nov. 14) semifinals, both at Chelsea High School. Semifinal winners will qualify for the championship finals scheduled, Saturday, Nov. 28 at Plymouth Memorial Hall. Winners in each weight class will advance to the USA National Championships. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. ET with the first match scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. ET.
“Hurry up and get your tickets for this great event,” Ruiz said. “Former world champion Tony DeMarco will be a special guest among others.”
Tickets are priced at $55.00 (ringside), $22.00 (reserved seats) and $12.00 (general admission) are available by going to www.quietmansportsgym.com (click on New England Championship page) or at the door.
Leading open boxers who’ve registered to compete include James Perella (BP Boxing), Amanda Pavone (Peter Welch’s Gym), Xavier Vega (Canal St. Gym), Elijah Peixoto (Big Six Boxing Academy), Johnny Rosa (Lawrence Boxing), Christopher Davis-Fogg (Uppercuts Boxing Club), Owen Minor (Camp Get Right) and Ashleigh Moore (Nonantum). Boxers may register by going to www.quietmansportsgym.com prior to the October 31 deadline.
During the past 50 years, USA Boxing New England champions have included world champions such as Brockton (MA) middleweight “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler (1973) and Providence (RI) welterweight Demetrious “Boo Boo” Andrade (2005-2006), as well as U.S. Olympians Andrade and Providence super heavyweight Jason “Big Six” Estrada (2001-2002-2003), and Providence middleweight/heavyweight Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (2000 & 2004), Worcester (MA) middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (2008), and Framingham (MA) welterweight Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor.
Event sponsorship and program advertising opportunities are available by visiting www.QuietmanSportsGym.com or calling 781.396.6700.