Portland Boxing Club's Jason Quirk (left, red trunks) at the Portland Expo on November 11, 2017. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club's Jason Quirk (left, red trunks) at the Portland Expo on November 11, 2017. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Boxing Fans Pack the Expo on Veteran’s Day

Portland, ME - November 13, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s Russell “The Haitian Sensation” Lamour Jr., of Old Orchard Beach, ME lost an eight-round split decision to John Thompson of Newark, NJ in a fight for the vacant IBA North American Middleweight Championship. This was the main event of Portland Boxing Club’s All-Star Boxing with a packed house at the Portland Expo. Thompson inflicted a deep gash above Lamour’s eye and broke his orbital bone in the first round. Despite adverse conditions, Lamour pushed through and made a fight of it in every round, but the sharp, accurate Thompson showed great boxing skills throughout with an impressive performance winning the bout and taking home the title. Lamour, who was previously the IBA North American Middleweight Champion in 2015, now has a record of 15-3-0 (7 KO) and Thompson’s record improves to 18-3-0.

In the co-feature, Portland Boxing Club’s super middleweight Jason “The Fighting Fireman” Quirk, of South Portland, defeated Siri Mikael Bosse, of Charleston, WV, with a fourth-round knockout from a left hook to the body and a right to the head on the way down after wearing down the sharp Bosse with a steady body attack in a competitive matchup scheduled for six-rounds. Quirk’s record improves to 8-0-0 (6 KO).

Welterweight Brandon “The Cannon” Berry, of West Forks, ME, earned a majority draw in a six-round rematch with Eric Palmer of Uniontown, PA. Berry returned to the ring after an 18-month recovery from his third shoulder surgery, getting off to a slow start in the first three rounds and seemed to pick up the pace in the next three close rounds that could have gone either way, resulting in the majority draw decision.  

In what was the most dramatic fight of the night, former Maine native Brandon Montella, of Quincy, MA, had to get off the floor twice in the first round then turned the tables and came back to score knock-out 2:17 into the third round over Austin Marcum, of Charleston, WV, in the bout scheduled for six rounds.

Cruiserweight Tommy Karpency, of Youngstown, OH, defeated Rubin Williams, of Detroit, MI, with a knock out 1:00 into the first-round of the bout scheduled for eight rounds.

Cruiserweight Christiano Pedro, of Lewiston, ME, knocked out John Hantzoupolas, of Carver, MA, 0:39 into the first-round of the bout scheduled for eight rounds.

The show started with bouts featuring two of Portland Boxing Club’s amateur stars. Portland Boxing Club’s amateur welterweight Josniel “TG” Castro, of Portland, ME, won a unanimous decision over Tim Lawrence, of Red Bank, NJ. Castro is ranked fourth nationally and is competing in the USA Boxing Elite National Championships in Salt Lake City, UT in December. Portland Boxing Club’s amateur light welterweight Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois, of Gorham, ME, lost a split-decision to Shelly Walsh, of Boston, MA. Francois recently earned bronze in the 2017 National Women’s Golden Gloves Championships.  

Mayor Ethan Strimling presented a key to the City of Portland to special guest of the evening former World Heavyweight Champion Ray “Merciless” Mercer who was on hand signing autographs and taking photos with the fans along with special guest former Boston Bruin Rick “Nifty” Middleton.


Portland Boxing Club's Josniel Castro (right, red trunks) in the quarterfinals at the USA Boxing 2017 Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga, TN.

Portland Boxing Club's Josniel Castro (right, red trunks) in the quarterfinals at the USA Boxing 2017 Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga, TN.

Castro Comes Up Short in Quarterfinals

Chattanooga, TN – October 19, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s nationally ranked welterweight Josniel Castro, of Portland, lost a one-point unanimous decision to Sean Charleston of Riverdale, GA in the Elite Male 152-pound division in the quarterfinal round of the 2017 USA Boxing National Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga, TN in a hard-fought close contest that could have gone either way.

On Monday, Castro earned a 5-0 unanimous decision over Daijon Carter, of Las Vegas. The aggressive Castro was clearly the better and faster boxer, controlling the action for the entire fight. In the second round on Wednesday, Castro won by TKO over Joey Borrero of Las Vegas. After taking the first round to learn Borrero’s awkward style, Castro dominated the second round then scored two standing eight counts in the third round before the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight.

Castro will be competing again on November 11 at the All-Star Boxing show at the Portland Expo. Tickets start at $25 and are available at Bruno’s Restaurant, Merrill Auditorium and at www.PortTix.com.


Portland Boxing Club's Josniel Castro (right, blue trunks) at the second round of the USA Boxing Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga, TN. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club's Josniel Castro (right, blue trunks) at the second round of the USA Boxing Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga, TN. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Castro Advances to Quarterfinals

Chattanooga, TN - October 18, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s nationally ranked welterweight Josniel Castro, of Portland, won by TKO at 1:53 into the third round over Joey Borrero of Las Vegas in the Elite Male 152-pound division in the second round of the USA Boxing Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga, TN. After taking the first round to learn Charleston’s awkward style, Castro dominated the second round then scored two standing eight counts in the third round before the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. He advances to the quarterfinals to face Sean Charleston of Riverdale, GA.

The top two boxers in each weight category at the Eastern Elite Qualifiers advance to compete in the 2017 USA Boxing Elite National Championships in Salt Lake City in December.


Portland Boxing Club's Josniel Castro (red trunks) at the USA Boxing Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga, TN. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club's Josniel Castro (red trunks) at the USA Boxing Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga, TN. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Castro Wins First Round of National Qualifiers

Chattanooga, TN – October 16, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s nationally ranked welterweight Josniel Castro, of Portland, earned a 5-0 unanimous decision over Daijon Carter, of Las Vegas, in the Elite Male 152-pound division in the first night of the USA Boxing Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga, TN. The aggressive Castro was clearly the better and faster boxer, controlling the action for the entire fight. Castro advances to the Sweet Sixteen to face Joey Borrero of Las Vegas on Wednesday.

The top two boxers in each weight category at the Eastern Elite Qualifiers advance to compete in the 2017 USA Boxing Elite National Championships in Salt Lake City in December.


Portland Boxing Club's Gabriel "Tito" Morales, Assistant Coach Ivan Papkee and Barry Wilson at the Thrive II boxing show in Londonderry, NH. Also competing at Thrive II was Portland Boxing Club's Danny Pang. 

Portland Boxing Club's Gabriel "Tito" Morales, Assistant Coach Ivan Papkee and Barry Wilson at the Thrive II boxing show in Londonderry, NH. Also competing at Thrive II was Portland Boxing Club's Danny Pang. 

PBC Results at Thrive II

Londonderry, NH – October 14, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s Barry Wilson, Gabriel “Tito” Morales and Danny Pang, all from Portland, competed at Thrive Boxing and Martial Arts’ Thrive II boxing show in Londonderry, NH.

Barry Wilson, a junior division flyweight (114 lbs) defeated Ryan Antonavich of Springfield Boxing Club. After a fairly close first round that could have gone either way, Wilson dominated the second and third rounds clearly winning a unanimous decision.

Gabriel Morales, an elite class lightweight (132 lbs) defeated Clay Scata of Nonantum Boxing Club. After a slow first round, Morales picked up the pace in the second round controlling both the second and third rounds, scoring a standing eight-count in the third round and winning a unanimous decision.

Danny Pang, an elite class lightweight (132 lbs), moved up a weight division to fight light welterweight (141 lbs) Ricky Pacheco of Private Jewels Fitness. Pang gave away too much size to the larger Pacheo who stopped Pang in the first round winning by RSC.  


Portland Boxing Club's Russell "The Haitian Sensation" Lamour (right) at the Portland Expo in 2016. Lamour returns to the Portland Expo on November 11, 2017 vying for the IBA North American Championship.  Photo Courtesy Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club's Russell "The Haitian Sensation" Lamour (right) at the Portland Expo in 2016. Lamour returns to the Portland Expo on November 11, 2017 vying for the IBA North American Championship.  Photo Courtesy Kineo Photography.

All Star Boxing Returns to the Portland on Veteran’s Day Weekend

Portland, ME - October 14, 2017

The Portland Boxing Club presents its 104th event in Portland on Saturday, November 11 at the Portland Expo. The 8-round Main Event will feature Portland Boxing Club’s pro middleweight Russell Lamour Jr (“The Haitian Sensation” 15-2) vs John Thompson of Newark, NJ (17-3) vying for the vacant IBA North American Middleweight Championship. Lamour gets a chance to win back the title he previously held before losing to Thomas Falawo, who retired, leaving the title vacant. This main event promises to be a good match-up of two sharp boxers. The accomplished Thompson lost a world title challenge in 2015. Lamour, a Deering High School graduate and a corrections officer at the Long Creek Youth Center is a local fan favorite. Lamour has won three since his loss to Falawo and said he is more than ready to step up and take the title back.

The co-feature of the night will feature Portland Boxing Club’s undefeated middleweight, Jason Quirk (“The Fighting Fireman”  7-0). The hard-hitting Quirk is a Portland fireman and paramedic and has notched 5 KO’s in his 7 wins as a pro.

The event will also feature the comeback of Brandon Barry of West Forks (“The Cannon” 11-2-1), his first fight in a year and a half after undergoing shoulder surgery. Also boxing is Brandon Montella (8-0), a former Maine native now living in Quincy, MA. Three other pro bouts will be on the card.

Two amateur bouts will start the show, featuring Portland Boxing Club’s Nationally rated welterweight, Josniel “TG” Castro.

Tickets start at $25 and are on sale at Bruno’s Restaurant (33 Allen Ave, Portland), on line at www.Porttix.com or at Merrill Auditorium.

For more information, visit www.portlandboxingclub.org.


Portland Boxing Club's Casey "Buzzsaw" Kramlich (right) lands a blow to Greg Vendetti (left) at the House of Blues in Boston on September 30, 2017. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club's Casey "Buzzsaw" Kramlich (right) lands a blow to Greg Vendetti (left) at the House of Blues in Boston on September 30, 2017. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Kramlich Loses Title Fight

Boston, MA – September 30, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s Casey “Buzzsaw” Kramlich, of Raymond, ME, lost a unanimous decision to Greg Vendetti, of Stoneham, MA at the House of Blues in Boston on Saturday. The New England Super Welterweight Championship was on the line in the 8-round fight, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and Murphy’s Boxing on the undercard of a televised ESPN broadcast.

The ever charging Vendetti pressed the fight throughout setting an intense pace making Kramlich rely on his jab and lateral movement. The fast-paced bout proved to be the fight of the night with both men exchanging heavy shots that had the fans on their feet for all 8 rounds. Kramlich suffered a gash on the eyelid late in the second round and another cut in the fourth round which did not deter Kramlich who fought with the heart of a warrior.

Kramlich’s record falls to 8-1- 1 (4 KO) while Vendetti’s record improves to 16-2- 1 (10 KO).


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Networking and Boxing Fundraising Event

South Portland, ME - September 3, 2017

Join Macpage LLC for a Networking and Boxing Fundraising Event at the Portland Boxing Club on Thursday, September 28, 2017. Tickets are $100 each or six tickets for $500. Hors d’oeuvres and two drink vouchers are included with your ticket. Networking starts at 5:30 pm and boxing starts at 6:30 pm.  This event is limited to 100 people to allow for effective networking and giving all attendees the opportunity to be ringside.

Advance reservation and payment is required. To reserve your spot or for more information, contact Durward Ferland at (207) 615-8049 or djf@macpage.com.


Casey "Buzzsaw" Kramlich after a win by TKO at Rockingham Park in 2016.

Casey "Buzzsaw" Kramlich after a win by TKO at Rockingham Park in 2016.

Portland Boxing Club’s Casey “Buzzsaw” Kramlich Signs for New England Title Fight

Boston, MA - September 3, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s undefeated super welterweight Casey “Buzzsaw” Kramlich (8-0-1, 4 KO) of Raymond, ME will ride the momentum of an impressive start to 2017 into a matchup versus Greg Vendetti (15-2-1, 10 KO) of Stoneham, MA for the New England Super Welterweight Title. This 8 round fight is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions at the House of Blues in Boston on September 30, 2017 and is on the undercard of a televised ESPN broadcast.

Kramlich is coming off a six-round majority decision win against the previously undefeated, and local favorite, Ray Oliveira, Jr. in April and a third round TKO over Bryan Goldsby in June. “I’m very excited for this opportunity,” states Kramlich. It’s a fight that I’ve wanted for a while. I’m ready to showcase my talent under the lights. This will be my toughest challenge yet but I will be well prepared. Come September 30th, everyone will know who Casey Kramlich is.”

"Heavyweight fights get the attention, but lighter guys like Casey are much more exciting to watch,” said Portland Boxing Club’s head coach Bobby Russo. “Casey is such a sharp boxer. He’s not in there banging it out, it’s more like watching surgery.”

The House of Blues is located at 15 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215. Tickets will be available soon online and through Kramlich.


Portland Boxing Club's Jason "The Fighting Fireman" Quirk after his win by TKO in Skowhegan. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club's Jason "The Fighting Fireman" Quirk after his win by TKO in Skowhegan. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

PBC’s Pro Middleweight Jason Quirk Stays Undefeated

Skowhegan, ME – July 30, 2017

Portland Boxing Club scored four wins in the Skowhegan Pro-Am Show promoted by Team Berry Boxing at the Skowhegan Community Center in Skowhegan, ME on July 29, 2017. A great crowd of enthusiastic boxing fans came for the first boxing event in Skowhegan in two years. The show included special guest “Irish” Micky Ward. Also introduced at the show was Portland Boxing Club’s Liz Leddy who displayed her belt for recently winning her third National Women’s Golden Gloves championship.

Portland Boxing Club’s pro middleweight (160-lbs), Jason “The Fighting Fireman” Quirk, of Portland, dominated the fight with devastating left hooks to the body stopping Brandon Baue, of Troy, MO, by TKO one minute into the second round. Quirk’s record is now 7-0, 5 KO.

Portland Boxing Club’s novice light welterweight Anthony Riga, of South Portland, made his boxing debut clearly defeating a very tough Liam Keefe, of China, ME by unanimous decision in a great fight.

Portland Boxing Club’s junior 108-lbs division Barry Wilson, of Portland, lost a close but unanimous decision to Diego Bengochea, of Meriden, CT in a matchup of two up and coming junior stars.

Portland Boxing Club’s novice featherweight Kate Zehr, of South Portland, defeated Noelle Baron, of Boston, MA, in a hard fought 2-1 decision. Zehr came on strong in the third round to pull off the win.

Portland Boxing Club’s open elite welterweight Josniel Castro, of Portland, defeated a tough Jalen Renaud, of Springfield, MA by unanimous decision. Castro rallied in the third round to pull out the hard-fought decision. This fight was named “Bout of the Night” and Castro was also awarded “Fighter of the Night”.


Thank You Turf Doctor

Portland, ME - July 28, 2017

Thank you to long-time Portland Boxing Club supporter Turf Doctor for sponsoring a new ring canvas. Turf Doctor, an employee owned and operated company, is Maine's Leader in Quality Lawn and Pest Control Services offering a customized eco-friendy approach to each customer.

In addition, Portland Boxing Club thanks Joey Verzosa, Jeff Rice and friends for donating to this project.


Portland Boxing Club wins Red Sox IMPACT Award

Boston, MA - July 28, 2017

Thanks to everyone who voted for Portland Boxing Club, we won Third Place in Maine! The Red Sox will make a $2,000 donation to the Portland Boxing Club and we will be listed in the Red Sox Magazine and on the Red Sox website. Thank you for your votes and thank you Red Sox!


Portland Boxing Club's Lindsday (Kyajohnian) Francois (left) who won bronze and Liz Leddy (center) who won gold along with head coach Bobby Russo (right) at the 18th Annual Women's National Golden Gloves in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Portland Boxing Club's Lindsday (Kyajohnian) Francois (left) who won bronze and Liz Leddy (center) who won gold along with head coach Bobby Russo (right) at the 18th Annual Women's National Golden Gloves in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

PBC Wins Two Medals at Women's National Golden Gloves

Fort Lauderdale, FL – July 14, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s Liz Leddy, of Portland, defeated Jillian Bliss, of New York, NY, earning gold in the Elite Female Lightweight (132-pound) division at the 18th Annual Women’s National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Fort Lauderdale, FL. In a terrific back-and-forth battle, Leddy applied her trademark relentless pressure to win the split decision capturing her third Women's National Golden Gloves championship win. With this win, Portland Boxing Club athletes have now earned 203 championship wins in the organization’s 25 years.

Teammate Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois, of Gorham, finished with a bronze in the Elite Female Light Welterweight (141-pound) division.


Portland Boxing Club's Liz Leddy advances to the finals in the Women's National Golden Gloves.

Portland Boxing Club's Liz Leddy advances to the finals in the Women's National Golden Gloves.

Francois Earns Bronze and Leddy Advances to Finals in Women’s National Golden Gloves

Fort Lauderdale, FL – July 12, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois, of Gorham, lost a close but unanimous decision to Aisling Holt, of Chicago, IL earning bronze in the Elite Female Light Welterweight (141-pound) division at the 18th Annual Women’s National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The razor-close first round could have been scored in favor of either boxer. Holt won the second round then Francois came back clearly winning the third round.

Portland Boxing Club’s Liz Leddy, of Portland, boxed with machine-like pressure to defeat Kathryn Arura, of Chicago, IL in the Elite Female Lightweight (132-pound) division. Leddy advances to the finals on Friday to face Jillian Bliss of New York, NY for the gold medal.   


Want to Ride in Style to the Pro-Am Boxing Show in Skowhegan?

Portland, ME - July 12, 2017

Portland Boxing Club is arranging for round-trip travel aboard a first class bus. The bus will pick up in Portland at 4:00 and in Auburn at 4:45 and have you to the show when doors open at 6:00. The bus will return immediately after the show with drop-offs in Auburn and Portland. The price for the bus is $30 per person (in addition to the show ticket) and due by July 21. We need a commitment of at least 30 people in order to offer this, please let us know asap if you would be interested by emailing Bob Russo at pbcboxing@maine.rr.com


Portland Boxing Club's Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois (left) and Liz Leddy (right) at the 18th Annual Women's National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Portland Boxing Club's Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois (left) and Liz Leddy (right) at the 18th Annual Women's National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Leddy and Francois Advance in Women’s National Golden Gloves

Fort Lauderdale, FL – July 11, 2017

Portland Boxing Club scored two unanimous decision wins on Tuesday in the first round of the 18th Annual Women’s National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Liz Leddy, of Portland, applied constant pressure to defeat local favorite Azril Mathie, of Miami, FL, with a unanimous decision win in the Elite Female Lightweight (132-pound) division. Leddy was clearly the better and faster boxer, controlling the action for the entire fight. She advances to the semifinal round to face Kathryn Arura, of Chicago, IL.

Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois, of Gorham, out-boxed Liz Flores, of Los Angeles, CA, in the first round of their Elite Female Light Welterweight (141-pound) division bout. Flores rallied back in the second round making it a close fight; however, Francois regained control of the fight in the third round for the unanimous decision win. Francois advances to the quarterfinal round to face Aisling Holt, of Chicago, IL.


Sponsor Opportunity

Portland Boxing Club is in need of a new ring canvas at the gym. We are looking for a business or individual to sponsor this canvas at an approximate cost of $1,500 to $2,000. The sponsor can put their logo on the canvas which will be seen by the gym members, boot camp participants, drop-in class participants and visitors from other gyms. In addition, the ring (including your logo) is often seen in documentaries, news stories and other videos about the gym. A ring canvas lasts approximately 10 years, therefore the annualized cost of this sponsor opportunity is very affordable. The Portland Boxing Club is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

If you are interested in this sponsor opportunity, contact Bob Russo at pbcboxing@maine.rr.com. Please forward this information to your contacts who might be interested in this unique opportunity. 


Annual Summer Boot Camp

June 28, 2017

Portland Boxing Club's annual Summer Boot Camp will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:00 pm and Saturday mornings at 9:00 am starting Tuesday August 1 through Thursday August 31, 2017. The cost is $100 for 14 sessions. This boot camp is designed for people interested in becoming a member of the Portland Boxing Club or for anyone who just wants to get in shape. To sign up for the Summer Boot Camp, email pbcboxing@maine.rr.com. Completing the boot camp will allow you to become a member of the Portland Boxing Club. The $75 membership initiation fee is waived for Summer Boot Camp participants who join Portland Boxing Club in September. For more information on membership, see https://portlandboxingclub.org/membership/.


Portland Boxing Club's Casey "Buzzsaw" Kramlich (8-0-1, 4 KO) at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Kramlich has signed as the Main Event for the "Pro-Am Boxing" show in Skowhegan on July 29.

Portland Boxing Club's Casey "Buzzsaw" Kramlich (8-0-1, 4 KO) at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. Kramlich has signed as the Main Event for the "Pro-Am Boxing" show in Skowhegan on July 29.

Kramlich Signed as Main Event in Skowhegan

SKOWHEGAN, ME – June 28, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s undefeated super welterweight Casey “Buzzsaw” Kramlich (8-0-1, 4 KO) has signed as the main event the “Pro-Am Boxing” show presented by Team Berry Boxing at the Skowhegan Community Center in Skowhegan on July 29, 2017.

“Having Casey on this promotion means a lot,” according to promoter Brandon Berry. “He is quickly rising to the top in New England Boxing and has a lot to offer in the sport. He and I have known each other since I started boxing. We fought three times in the amateurs and have sparred many rounds. It’s very fitting for him to be the main event July 29th. My history with Casey is one of the reasons I love this sport. I look forward to him showcasing his unique style and top-notch conditioning in the ring!"

Kramlich comes off an impressive Rhode Island six-round majority decision win against the previously undefeated, and local favorite, Ray Oliveira, Jr. in April and a third round TKO over Bryan Goldsby in Lewiston earlier this month. “I’m looking forward to fighting in Skowhegan and giving the fans an exciting night of boxing. I’m coming with one thing in mind and that’s victory,” states Kramlich. “July 29th, it’s war!”

"Everyone talks about the heavyweight fights, but lighter guys like Casey are much more exciting to watch,” said Portland Boxing Club’s head coach Bobby Russo. “Casey is such a sharp boxer. He’s not in there banging it out, it’s more like watching surgery.”

The Skowhegan Community Center is located at 39 Poulin Drive, Skowhegan, ME 04976. Doors open at 6:00 pm, first fight begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are priced at $25 general admission and $50 ringside and can be purchased at Berry’s Store in West Forks, ME, by contacting Brandon Berry at (207) 907-9078 or through Jason Quirk and Casey Kramlich at the Portland Boxing Club.


Jason "The Fighting Fireman" Quirk (6-0, 4 KO) at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on June 17. Quirk returns to the ring in Skowhegan on July 29.

Jason "The Fighting Fireman" Quirk (6-0, 4 KO) at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on June 17. Quirk returns to the ring in Skowhegan on July 29.

Quirk Back in Action in Skowhegan

SKOWHEGAN, ME – June 27, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s undefeated middleweight Jason “The Fighting Fireman” Quirk (6-0, 4 KO) is back in action in Skowhegan on Saturday July 29. Quirk will be fighting on the card for the “Pro-Am Boxing” show presented by Team Berry Boxing at the Skowhegan Community Center.

“It's very important to have fighters like Jason on the show. I have known him a long time and have fought on a lot of the same events as an amateur and a pro. I have always been a fan of his style in the ring. Expect an impressive performance in Skowhegan from The Fighting Fireman!”

Quirk was a standout amateur boxer and a 2014 New England Golden Gloves Champion. This is Quirk’s second fight in as many months after taking a year-and-a-half off from boxing to complete his degree in Paramedicine at Southern Maine Community College (SMCC). Quirk graduated in May and returned to the ring earlier this month where he scored a knock out 22 seconds into the second round.

“It’s great to have Jason back in the gym. He stayed in shape while he was in school and came back ready to fight as we saw two weeks ago,” said Portland Boxing Club’s head coach Bobby Russo. “Jason is a devastating puncher who can end the fight at any time with one punch.”

The Skowhegan Community Center is located at 39 Poulin Drive, Skowhegan, ME 04976. Doors open at 6:00 pm, first fight begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are priced at $25 general admission and $50 ringside and can be purchased at Berry’s Store in West Forks, ME, by contacting Brandon Berry at (207) 907-9078 or through Jason Quirk and Casey Kramlich at the Portland Boxing Club.


Portland Boxing Club's Casey Kramlich (right) at NEF 29 in Lewiston, ME on June 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club's Casey Kramlich (right) at NEF 29 in Lewiston, ME on June 17, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club Pros Score Two Knock Outs And One Controversial No Contest at NEF 29

Lewiston – June 18, 2017

Three professional boxing matches opened the mixed boxing and MMA show at New England Fights 29 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, ME on Saturday June 17.

The first bout featured Portland Boxing Club’s super middleweight Jason “The Fighting Fireman” Quirk of Scarborough facing Borngod Washington of Queens, NY. Washington failed to make the agreed fight weight so Quirk gave him a 5-pound advantage, but this did not help Washington’s outcome. Quirk dropped Washington with a vicious uppercut at the end of the first round, sending him wobbling back to the corner. Quirk wasted no time dropping Washington in the second round with a flurry of punches before the referee stopped the fight 22 seconds into the round declaring Quirk the winner by TKO. 

In the second bout, Portland Boxing Club’s super welterweight Casey, “Buzzsaw” Kramlich of Raymond faced Bryan Goldsby of Macon, GA. Kramlich controlled the ring movement and pace of the first and second round against the ackward Goldsby who lost a point for excessive holding. In the third round, Kramlich landed a hard uppercut that put Goldsby on the canvas where he was counted out by the referee earning Kramlich the win by TKO. 

In the main event of the boxing portion of the show, Portland Boxing Club’s middleweight Russell “The Haitian Sensation” Lamour Jr. of Portland faced MMA veteran Bruce “Pretty Boy” Boyington of Brewer. Lamour used the first round to learn Boyington’s awkward style but came out determined in the second round and quickly took control. Lamour landed repeated body shots that had Boyington reeling until an accidental clash of heads sent Boyington to the canvas. Both Lamour and Boyington were cut from the head butt, but Boyington was unwilling to continue and the fight was stopped by the ringside physician. It was too early in the bout to go to the scorecards so the fight was ruled a no-contest with no winner declared.

Portland Boxing Club’s professional boxers will be featured next on July 29 at a Pro-Am show at the Skowhegan Recreation Center.


PBC Results at Fight Night in l/a

Lewiston, ME – May 15, 2017

Danny Pang, a novice class lightweight (132 lbs) from Portland, won a decision over Omar Rivera, from Brunswick, at Fight Night in L/A on May 13 at the Longley School in Lewiston, ME. Rivera seemed to win a close first round. In the second, Pang picked up the pace clearly winning the second and third rounds with aggressive attacks to the body.


Portland Boxing Club's Josniel Castro (right) and Antoine Cobb (left) at the 89th Annual National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Lafayette, LA.

Portland Boxing Club's Josniel Castro (right) and Antoine Cobb (left) at the 89th Annual National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Lafayette, LA.

PBC's Castro at National Golden Gloves

Lafayette, LA – May 4, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s Josniel Castro, from Portland, ME, represented New England for the welterweight (152 lbs) division at the 89th Annual National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Lafayette, LA. Castro earned this place on the New England team having won the All-New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Lowell, MA in March. Castro lost a hard-fought 4-1 split decision to Antoine Cobb from Chicago, IL.


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PBC Results at Fight Night for Charity

Andover, MA – April 11, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s Danny Pang and Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois competed at the Haverhill Inner-City Boxing Club’s Fight Night for Charity on April 7 at the Double Tree Hotel in Andover, MA.

Danny Pang, a novice class lightweight (132 lbs) from Portland, won a 4-1 decision over Omar Rivera from Brunswick. After a close first round, Pang clearly won the second and third rounds giving Rivera a standing eight count in each.

Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois, an open class light welterweight (141 lbs) from Gorham, lost a hard-fought 3-2 split decision to southpaw Miesha Tuitt of Springfield, MA. Tuitt had an aggressive start to the first round before the lights accidently went out in the room forcing the fighters into the neutral corners for two minutes. After the lighting was restored, Francois dominated the remainder of the first round making it a close round. The second round had both boxers exchanged power punches in a back-and-forth battle with Francois receiving a questionable 8-count. Francois had an active third-round keeping the pressure on Tuitt the entire time; however, it was not enough to sway the judges losing a razor-close decision.


Portland Boxing Club's Casey Kramlich (right, red trunks) at Twin River Casino on April 7, 2017. Photo courtesy Pattee Mak, Boxing Northeast.

Portland Boxing Club's Casey Kramlich (right, red trunks) at Twin River Casino on April 7, 2017. Photo courtesy Pattee Mak, Boxing Northeast.

Portland Boxing Club Pro Super Welterweight Kramlich Stays Undefeated

Lincoln, RI - April 7, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s pro super welterweight Casey Kramlich, of Raymond, ME, made an impressive Ocean State debut in the co-feature bout of the night against the previously undefeated, and local favorite, Ray Oliveira, Jr., of New Bedford, MA, at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, RI with the 6-round majority decision win.

Kramlich got knocked down by a powerful left hook to the head in the second round but rallied back over the next four rounds to pull out the hard-fought decision. The sixth round was the deciding factor in the back-and-forth battle when Kramlich nearly stopped Oliveira with a storm of punches that had him reeling. Oliveira somehow survived the round in a thrilling battle that had the sold-out crowd on their feet at the end.

Kramlich improved his record to 7-0-1 and Oliveira’s record fell to 7-1-0. Two judges scored the fight 57-56 and the third judge had the score tied 56-56.


PBC’s Josniel Castro Ranked 3rd Nationally

Portland, ME – March 10, 2017

USA Boxing released their first national ranking for 2017 and Portland Boxing Club’s Josniel Castro is rated number three nationally for the elite welterweight (152 lbs) division. Castro, of Portland, recently returned from the 2016 USA Boxing National Championships in Kansas City, MO where he finished third in the tournament. He followed this up with winning the Northern New England Golden Gloves Championships in Essex Jct, VT in January and the All-New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Lowell, MA in March. Castro will be representing New England at the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Lafayette, LA in May.

Portland Boxing Club’s Head Coach Bobby Russo states, “The 152-pound weight class is one of the most competitive weight classes in boxing. At the USA Boxing National Championships, Castro faced boxers with significantly more experience, some with more than 100 fights. Being nationally ranked with only 31 bouts is a big accomplishment. This is a testament to Castro’s great work ethic while training and his natural ability.”

Josniel Castro training at Portland Boxing Club on March 9, 2017. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Josniel Castro training at Portland Boxing Club on March 9, 2017. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

All-Star Pro Boxing in skowhegan

Skowhegan, ME - March 8, 2017

Portland Boxing Club fighters will be featured at the All-Star Pro Boxing show at the Skowhegan Recreation Center in Skowhegan on July 29. The event will include bouts with Portland Boxing Club’s pro middleweight, Russell "The Haitian Sensation" Lamour Jr. (14-2), the former New England and North American Middleweight Champion, along with teammates undefeated middleweight Jason “The Fighting Fireman” Quirk (5-0) and the undefeated light middleweight Casey “Buzzsaw” Kramlich (6-0-1). Tickets will be available later this spring from the boxers.


NEF Presents Pro Boxing

Lewiston, ME - March 8, 2017

New England Fights returns to the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on June 17 with a night of professional boxing dominated by the Portland Boxing Club. Headlining the event will be Portland Boxing Club’s pro middleweight, Russell "The Haitian Sensation" Lamour Jr. (14-2), the former New England and North American Middleweight Champion. Along with Lamour will be Portland Boxing Club teammates undefeated middleweight Jason “The Fighting Fireman” Quirk (5-0) and the undefeated light middleweight Casey “Buzzsaw” Kramlich (6-0-1). Tickets will be available soon from the boxers and online at www.thecolisee.com.


89th Annual National Golden Gloves

Portland, ME - March 8, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s Josniel Castro, of Portland, won the 2017 All-New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions for the open class welterweight (152 lbs) division. Castro will represent New England at the 89th annual National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Lafayette, LA on May 1 - 6, 2017.


18th annual Women's National Golden Gloves

Portland, ME - March 8, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s Liz Leddy, of Portland, won the 2017 All-New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions for the open class lightweight (132 lbs) division. Leddy will represent New England at the 18th annual Women's National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Fort Lauderdale, FL on July 10 - 14, 2017.


66th Annual New England Silver Mittens

Portland, ME - March 8, 2017

Portland Boxing Club's 13 year old 105 lb junior Barry Wilson received a bye for the semi-final round of the 66th Annual New England Silver Mittens. He will be competing in the final round on Thursday, March 16th. Bouts start at 7:30 pm at the Billerica Elks Lodge in Bellerica, MA.


Fight Night for Charity

Portland, ME - March 8, 2017

Portland Boxing Club amateur boxers will be competing at the Haverhill Inner-City Boxing Club's Fight Night for Charity on April 7th. Bouts start at 7:30 pm at the Double Tree Hotel in Andover, MA.


Two Portland Boxing Club Boxers advance to National Championships

Lowell, MA – March 2, 2017

PBC’s Josniel Castro, of Portland, won a 4-1 split decision over Michael Ohan, of Holbrook, MA, who was representing Southern New England in the semi-final round of the open class welterweight (152 lbs) division. Castro advanced to the final round to face Xavier Vega, of Lawrence, MA, who was representing Central New England. Castro showed good skills with quick combinations and good lateral movement winning a unanimous decision over Vega.

PBC’s Liz Leddy, of Portland, received a bye in the semi-final round of the open class lightweight (132 lbs) division. Leddy faced Kelsay Kaiser, of Waterford, CT, in the finals who was representing Western New England. Leddy dominated Kaiser with non-stop pressure throughout the bout, winning a unanimous decision.

PBC’s Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois, of Gorham, received a bye in the semi-final round of the open class light welterweight (141 lbs) division. Francois faced Rashida Ellis, of Lynn, MA, a two-time national champion who was representing Central New England. Francois boxed well throughout the bout and was the busier of the two boxers with a good jab in a super close fight that could have gone either way, losing a very close unanimous decision.

PBC’s Sasha Lamour, of Portland, advanced by walk-over in the semi-final round of the open class middleweight (165 lbs) division. Lamour lost a unanimous decision to Yamarco Guzman, of Methuen, MA, who was representing Central New England in the finals.

PBC’s Gabriel “Tito” Morales, of Portland, lost a debatable 3-2 split decision to Joseph Valdez, of West Roxbury, MA, who was representing Central New England in the semi-final round of the open class featherweight (123 lbs) division.

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. Leddy and Castro who won All-New England Championship titles and will represent New England at the National Golden Gloves tournaments. Castro will compete at the men’s National Golden Gloves Championships in Lafayette, LA in May and Leddy will compete at the women’s National Golden Gloves Championships in Fort Lauderdale, FL in July.

With these wins, Portland Boxing Club athletes have now earned 202 championship wins in the organization’s 25 years.

Portland Boxing Club's Liz Leddy (left) and Josniel Castro (right) at the All-New England Golden Gloves
Tournament of Champions in Lowell, MA. Photo courtesy of Kineo Photography.


Portland Boxing Club’s 200th Championship Win

Lowell, MA – February 23, 2017

Portland Boxing Club’s female novice class featherweight (125 lbs) Kate Zehr, from South Portland, won the All-New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions, which was the 200th championship win by Portland Boxing Club’s boxers.

Zehr won the Northern New England Golden Gloves Novice Championship title in Essex Junction, Vermont in January with a 3-0 unanimous decision over Brittany Daniels from Springfield, VT. She moved on to represent the Northern New England region at the All-New England tournament at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA.

In the semi-final round of the All-New England tournament, Zehr won a unanimous decision over Rianna Travaglini of East Hartford, CT who was representing the Western New England region. Zehr clearly out-boxed a game Travaglini winning all three rounds.

In the final round, Zehr won the New England Novice Class Golden Gloves Lightweight Championship with a 3-2 decision over Kendra Prather, of Hanscom AFB, MA, who was representing the Central New England region. Zehr pressed the action throughout the three rounds, out-scoring Prather in a hard-fought bout.  

The Portland Boxing Club has five athletes representing Northern New England in the open class All-New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions also at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on March 1 with the winners advancing to the finals on March 2. Gabriel Morales, from Portland, will compete in the open class featherweight (123 lbs) division; Josniel Castro, from Portland, will compete in the open class welterweight (152 lbs) division; Sasha Lamour, from Portland, will compete in the open class middleweight (165 lbs) divison; Liz Leddy, from Portland, will compete in the open class lightweight (132 lbs) division and Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois, from Gorham, will compete in the open class light welterweight (141 lbs) division. The male open class New England champions will advance to the National Golden Gloves Championships in Lafayette, LA in May and the female champions will advance to Fort Lauderdale, FL in July.

Kate Zehr along with her Portland Boxing Club Coaches, from left to right: Ivan Papkee who assisted Kate in the corner, Coach Jack Lumus, Coach Skip Neals, Kate Zehr and Head Coach Bobby Russo. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Kate Zehr along with her Portland Boxing Club Coaches, from left to right: Ivan Papkee who assisted Kate in the corner, Coach Jack Lumus, Coach Skip Neals, Kate Zehr and Head Coach Bobby Russo. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.


Casey Kramlich co-feature at Twin River Casino April 7th

Portland, ME - February 24, 2017

Portland Boxing Club professional junior middleweight Casey Kramlich makes his Ocean State debut at Twin River Casino April 7th. This exciting co-feature bout features unbeaten Casey Kramlich (6-0-1) of Portland, ME and Raymond Oliveira Jr. (7-0) of New Bedford, MA. Tickets start at $47.00 and can be purchased from Kramlich or online at www.cesboxing.com, www.twinriver.com or www.ticketmaster.com.


Portland Boxing Club at New England Golden Gloves Novice Semi-Finals

Lowell, MA – February 16, 2017

Two Portland Boxing Club athletes who won Northern New England Golden Gloves Championship titles competed Thursday in the semi-final round of the All-New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Lowell, MA.  

PBC’s Danny Pang, from Portland, who was representing the Northern New England region, lost by unanimous decision to Miles Bloodworth of Manville, RI who was representing the Southern New England region in the novice class lightweight (132 lbs) division. Pang had trouble getting inside against a much taller opponent in the first two rounds. He finally found the range in the third round, but it was too late to win the decision.

PBC’s Kate Zehr, from South Portland, who was representing the Northern New England region, won a unanimous decision over Rianna Travaglini of East Hartford, CT who was representing the Western New England region in the female novice class lightweight (132 lbs) division. Zehr clearly out-boxed a game Travaglini winning all three rounds. Zehr advances to face Branden Young of Arlington, MA who will represent Central New England in the final round of the championships this Thursday, February 23, at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA.

In addition, the Portland Boxing Club has four athletes representing Northern New England in the open class All-New England Tournament of Champions also at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium on March 1 with the winners advancing to the finals on March 2. Gabriel Morales, from Portland, will compete in the open class featherweight (123 lbs) division; Josniel Castro, from Portland, will compete in the open class welterweight (152 lbs) division; Liz Leddy, from Portland, will compete in the open class lightweight (132 lbs) division and Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois, from Gorham, will compete in the open class light welterweight (141 lbs) division. The open class New England champions will advance to the National Golden Gloves Championships in Lafayette, LA in May.

Portland Boxing Club's Kate Zehr (right) at the New England Golden Gloves novice semi-finals in Lowell, MA. Photo courtesy of Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club's Kate Zehr (right) at the New England Golden Gloves novice semi-finals in Lowell, MA. Photo courtesy of Kineo Photography.


Portland Boxing Club Wins Five Northern New England Golden Gloves Championships

Essex Jct, VT – February 6, 2017

Five Portland Boxing Club athletes competed Saturday in the Northern New England Golden Gloves Championships finals in Essex Junction, VT and became the Northern New England Golden Gloves champions.

PBC’s Danny Pang, from Portland, won a 3-0 unanimous decision over Atthaphon Kaiya from Winooski, VT in the novice class lightweight (132 lbs) division. PBC’s Kate Zehr, from South Portland, won a 3-0 unanimous decision over Brittany Daniels from Springfield, VT in the female novice class lightweight (132 lbs) division. PBC’s Zach DiSilva, from Wells, won a 2-1 split decision over Chris Zura from Essex Junction, VT in the novice class middleweight (165 lbs) division. PBC’s Josniel Castro, from Portland, won a 3-0 unanimous decision over John Haley, from South Burlington, VT in the open class welterweight (152 lbs) division. PBC’s Ivan Papkee, from Portland, won a 3-0 unanimous decision over Tyler Jacques from St. Albans, VT in the open class light heavyweight (178 lbs) division. Advancing by walk-over are PBC’s Liz Leddy, from Portland, an open class lightweight (132 lbs) and PBC’s Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois, from Gorham, an open class light welterweight (141 lbs).

Castro was named the outstanding open class boxer for the tournament and PBC head coach Bobby Russo was named the Northern New England Golden Gloves coach of the year. With these five championship wins, Portland Boxing Club athletes have now earned 199 championship wins in the organization’s 25 years.

These winners of the Northern New England championships advance to the 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 February 16 with the winners advancing to the finals on February 23. Open class champions will compete in the New England open class Tournament of Champions semi-finals on March 1 with the winners advancing to the finals on March 2. The open class New England champions will advance to the National Golden Gloves Championships in Lafayette, LA in May.

Portland Boxing Club teammates at the 2017 Northern New England Golden Gloves Championships in Essex Jct, VT. (Back row, left to right) Ivan Papkee (partially blocked), Head Coach Bobby Russo, Zach DiSilva, and Coach Jack Lumus. (Front row, left to right) Jason Quirk, Kate Zehr, Danny Pang and Josniel Castro. Photo courtesy of Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club teammates at the 2017 Northern New England Golden Gloves Championships in Essex Jct, VT. (Back row, left to right) Ivan Papkee (partially blocked), Head Coach Bobby Russo, Zach DiSilva, and Coach Jack Lumus. (Front row, left to right) Jason Quirk, Kate Zehr, Danny Pang and Josniel Castro. Photo courtesy of Kineo Photography.


Portland Boxing Club Results at Northern New England Golden Gloves

Essex Junction, VT – January 29, 2017

Three Portland Boxing Club athletes competed yesterday in the semi-final round of the Northern New England Golden Gloves Championships in Essex Junction, VT. PBC’s Danny Pang, a novice class lightweight (132 lbs) from Portland, won a hard-fought unanimous decision over a strong Atthaphon Kaiya from Winooski, VT. PBC’s Zach DiSilva, a novice class middleweight (165 lbs) from Wells, scored three standing eight-counts before the referee had seen enough and stopped the bout at 1:21 of the third round over Gabe Finn of Dover, NH. PBC’s Sasha Lamour, an open class middleweight (165 lbs) from Portland, lost a razor close split decision to Chris Boyle of Andover, NH.

In addition to Pang and DiSilva, the following Portland Boxing Club athletes will be competing in the final round for the Northern New England Golden Glove Championships on Saturday. Barry Wilson, junior novice 105-pounds; Tito Morales, open class featherweight (123 lbs); Kate Zehr, novice class lightweight (132 lbs); Liz Leddy, open class lightweight (132 lbs); Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois, open class light welterweight (141 lbs); Josniel Castro, open class welterweight (152 lbs); and Ivan Papkee, open class light heavyweight (178 lbs).

Winners of next Saturday’s Northern New England championships will advance to the New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA. Novice class champions will compete in the New England novice class Tournament of Champions semi-finals on February 16 with the winners advancing to the finals on February 23. Open class champions will compete in the New England open class Tournament of Champions semi-finals on March 1 with the winners advancing to the finals on March 2. The open class New England champions will advance to the National Golden Gloves Championships in Lafayette, LA in May.