Two Portland Boxing Club Boxers Win
New England Golden Gloves Championships
Lowell, MA – February 22, 2018
PBC’s Kate Zehr, of South Portland, won a unanimous decision over Catie Ramsey, of Stamford, CT, who was representing Western New England, to win the New England Golden Gloves Novice Featherweight Championship title. Zehr’s aggressive style and effective body attack won all three rounds on all the judge’s score cards.
PBC’s Liz Leddy, of Portland, the reigning open class lightweight (132 lbs) National Golden Gloves Champion, faced Willow Crawford, of Manchester, NH, in the finals who was representing Central New England. Leddy dominated Crawford with non-stop pressure throughout the bout, winning a unanimous decision and her seventh New England Golden Gloves Championship title.
PBC’s Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois, of Gorham, of lost a hard-fought, unanimous decision to Ashleigh Moore, of Buzzards Bay, MA, who was representing Central New England the open class light welterweight (141 lbs) division.
PBC’s Josniel Castro, of Portland, who was the defending open class welterweight (152 lbs) New England Golden Gloves Champion and ranked fifth nationally by USA Boxing, won a unanimous decision in the semi-final round over Luca Botis, of West Point, NY, who was representing Western New England in a hotly contested bout. In the much-anticipated championship final, Castro faced off against James Perella, of Mansfield, MA, who was representing Southern New England. Castro pressed the fight all three rounds and seemed to have the edge, but the judges disagreed awarding Perella a controversial unanimous decision, much to the disappointment of the packed house who loudly voiced their disapproval.
PBC’s Danny Pang, of Portland, lost to reigning New England Champion, Felix Parilla, of North Haven, CT, who was representing Western New England in the open class (123 lbs) featherweight division. Parilla started fast, swarming Pang with a relentless attack putting Pang on defense denying Pang the opportunity to punch back. Pang seemed to be blocking most of the blows, but referee for the sake of safety stepped in and stopped the contest with 29 seconds remaining in the first round.
The Portland Boxing Club athletes were representing the Northern New England region in the All-New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Lowell, MA. With four open-class boxers in the eleven final bouts, Portland Boxing Club had more boxers in the finals than any other team in New England and won the Bill Hoar Memorial Trophy for the best open-class team. With these wins, Portland Boxing Club athletes have now earned 206 championship wins in the organization’s 26 years. As an open-class boxer, Leddy will advance to the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Omaha, NE in May as a member of the New England Golden Gloves team.
Portland Boxing Club Boxers Advance to All-New England Tournament of Champions
ESSEX JCT, VT – February 3, 2018
Three Portland Boxing Club athletes competed Saturday in the Northern New England Golden Gloves Championships finals in Essex Junction, VT.
PBC’s Josniel Castro, from Portland, won a unanimous decision over Nieko Clowe, from Claremont, NH in the open class welterweight (132 lbs) division. Castro was the more experienced boxer winning all three rounds to earn the Northern New England Golden Gloves welterweight championship. PBC’s Nathan Nappi, from Portland, won a unanimous decision over Christian Vosburgh, from Keene, NH, in the novice class light welterweight (141 lbs) division. Nappi stayed busy throughout dominating Vosburgh with constant pressure to win the Northern New England Golden Gloves novice light welterweight championship. PBC’s Mario Wilborn, from Portland, lost a close but unanimous decision to Emiliano Void, from Burlington, VT in the novice class heavyweight (201 lbs) division. Wilborn got off the floor in the second round to win the third round and make it a competitive fight.
Castro was named the outstanding open class boxer for the tournament and Nappi was named the outstanding novice class boxer for the tournament. With these championship wins, Portland Boxing Club athletes have now earned 205 championship wins in the organization’s 26 years.
Castro and Nappi advance to the All-New England Tournament of Champions in Lowell, MA. Also advancing by walk-over are open class featherweight (123 lbs) Danny Pang, open class lightweight (132 lbs) Liz Leddy, novice class featherweight (123 lbs) Kate Zehr and open class light welterweight (141 lbs Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois.
These winners of the Northern New England championships advance to the All-New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA. Novice class champions compete in the New England novice class Tournament of Champions semi-finals on Thursday, February 8 with the winners advancing to the finals on Thursday, February 15. Open class champions will compete in the New England open class Tournament of Champions semi-finals on Wednesday February 21 with the winners advancing to the finals on Thursday February 22. The open class New England champions will advance to the National Golden Gloves Championships in Omaha, NE in May.
Combat Sports Nutrition Clinic
The Portland Boxing Club is providing a Combat Sports Nutrition Clinic because "You Can't Out Train a Bad Diet." This clinic will be based on guidance from the US Olympic Committee to help athletes make the most of the hard work put into training by developing a nutrition plan to take their athletic performance to the next level. The clinic is presented by Mike Foley, author of Eat to Be Fit: The Truth About Fat Loss.
This nutrition clinic will help amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels use good nutrition to fuel performance and meet your goals.
Athletes will learn methods for:
Improving nutrition for exercise and boxing performance
Cutting weight for competitions
Managing weight gain and loss
Maintaining proper hydration
Increasing stamina, endurance and strength
In addition, athletes will learn:
Meal planning and portion control
Meal and snack timing
What foods to eat before, during and after exercise and bouts
What fluids to drink before, during and after exercise and bouts