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MISSION


Making Champions and Good Citizens

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MISSION


Making Champions and Good Citizens

Portland Boxing CLUB

The Gym is open to everyone: competitors and non-competitors, male or female, young and not-so-young.  We do prefer a minimum age of 12 years.  Boxers in training for a bout are the coaches' top priority.
 

We have all necessary equipment.  Members are required to purchase handwraps and a mouthpiece . Gym equipment includes a variety of boxing equipment such as an 18X18 ring;  heavy bags;  speedbags;  double end bags;  uppercut bags; a weight room and treadmills.
 
All individuals are different and progress at their own pace.  All members will start at Beginner Level Workout (no contact until coaches agree that the individual is ready and competent for light contact).  New members need to take the Saturday 2:00 pm walk-in circuit training classes ($10 - no appointment necessary) to become acclimated to the gym and to learn a beginner's workout before becoming a regular member. After that, they may come in as many times during the week as they wish.

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OUR FOCUS


The mission is simple:

OUR FOCUS


The mission is simple:

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CHAMPIONS ARE MADE


  

CHAMPIONS ARE MADE


  

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STAFF


All Coaches are certified by USA Boxing

 

STAFF


All Coaches are certified by USA Boxing

 

Bob Russo

COACH

Coach Bob Russo

Completed the Elite Level coaches Clinic at the Olympic Training Center Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1997 -- Certified Level 3

Selected 14 times as coach for Team New England

Selected twice as coach of Regional Team #1, Lake Placid, New York (which includes N.E., N.Y., and NJ. for National Championships)

Selected as Coach of the Year for 1995, 2003, 2005 & 2010 For Northern New England Golden Gloves which encompasses ME, NH, VT, & upstate NY and for  2008 USA Boxing New England

Selected as coach for US  Boxing Team (USA vs. England), London, England in 2000

Executive Director New England Golden Gloves 

Executive Board Secretary Golden Gloves of America 

2013 Inducted into the Maine Sports Hall of Fame 

National level experience includes: 

National P.A.L. Championships in Dallas, Texas 

7 U.S. Boxing Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado; 

1996 Olympic Trials in Oakland, CA; 

1996 Olympic Box-Off in Augusta, Georgia; 

22 National Golden Gloves Championships in Lowell, MA, Denver, CO, Detroit ,MI, Reno,NV, Kansas City, MO, Chattanooga, TN , Hollywood, FL ,Salt Lake City, Utah, 

Little Rock, Ark, Indianapolis, IN, Port Charlotte, FL, Mesquite, NV and Las Vegas, NV. 

2000 Eastern Olympic Trials, Scranton, PA; 2007 Eastern Olympic Trial, Cocoa Beach, FL 

2 Ringside World Championships, Kansas City, Missouri 

Promoted over 100 boxing shows 

Created and directed 15 Northeastern Regional Boxing Championships 

Tournament Director 5 USA Boxing New England Championships 

Tournament Director 6 New England Golden Gloves Championships 

 

 

SKIP Neales

Long Time Assistant & Trainer

Video


Video


Maine Life host Erin Ovalle throws some punches at the Portland Boxing Club with Lindsay Kyajohnian Francois, a past New England Golden Gloves Champion.

In her talk, Liz Leddy describes her journey as a young woman: a high school dropout and aggressive street punk who found illumination of her life's purpose and healing through the sport of boxing. She attests to her strength to walk on through the personal destruction left in the wake of substance abuse, violence and trauma, along with the boxing techniques that led her to two national championships. Through a coach and a community, her life skills and self-knowledge were groomed, resulting in a miraculous victory over the dark life of addiction, homelessness, crime, and violence.

Portland Boxing Club: Dream Makers Honda Promotional Video
When: Fall 2013 Where: Portland Maine Boxing Club Location: Portland//Maine Media: Video Salt Institute for Documentary Studies
Liz (2014) Story of Champion Boxer Liz Leddy - A troubled and homeless teen from Portland, Maine, finds salvation, peace and success when her street fighting leads to amateur boxing.
Men and women find purpose at the Portland Boxing Club.
Portland Boxing Club fighters have been doing very well in the early rounds of the USA New England Boxing Championships. Bobby Russo the Club's President and Head Coach told us what to look for when the Club hosts the tournament final on Thanksgiving weekend.
Back in 2003, 207 found out that to a lot of young people in Southern Maine the Portland Boxing Club is a second home and the man who runs it is much more than a coach. They got to take an exclusive look into what many people over the past twelve years have come to know as a salvation.
Promo from Portland Boxing Club's 20th Anniversary in 2012.