Saturday Night Fights Take Center Stage At HYCC
By: Tom Moran Jr.
The sweet science of boxing will be on display tomorrow night when Saturday Night Fights Round 1 takes place at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center.
Sponsored by the HYCC, the Cape Cod Boxing Club, UK Sports Development, Barnstable Police Boxing and PIXY 103 FM, the fight card will get underway at 7 PM and will feature exhibition bouts and two main event bouts.
General admission is $15 with doors opening at 6:15 PM.
DJ Maddie B from PIXY 103 will serve as the ring announcer and four members of the Barnstable U11 girls’ soccer team, Kam Jones, Kate Evans, Meagan Caralon and Lauren Estep, will serve as card girls.
The two exhibition bouts will feature Lee Docherty of UK Sports Development and the coach of the Barnstable High girls’ varsity soccer and lacrosse teams taking on Dan Ruth of the Massachusetts State Police Boxing team and locals Mike Rose and Lawrence Hendricks squaring off in the other match.
Things will get a bit more serious as the five preliminary bouts get underway.
Leading off will be a matchup of 11-year olds as Prince takes on Seth Andrade followed by a bout which will feature Barnstable Police Boxing Club’s Tom Bird matching up with Justin Lamonda of the Worcester County Sheriff’s office.
The other prelims will be a flyweight contest pitting Johnny Griffin vs. Ray Albuny and a pair of super welterweight bouts with Trevor Smith meeting Alex Theo and John Jones facing Jalen Renault.
After an intermission which will feature a martial arts exhibition, the evening’s main events will be contested as Ray Oliveira Jr. takes on former Golden Gloves champion Robbie Hunt of Hyannis in a battle of middleweights and Anthony Rivera squares off with New England champion Zach Ramsey in a welterweight contest.
“What we want to expose people to is the good side of the sport of boxing,” said Docherty. “The Cape Cod Boxing Club and UK sports Development have been conducting boxing clinics and kids classes for the Barnstable Recreation Department and that has expanded to a number of conditioning programs for athletes of all ages and sports.
There is a boxercise program that allows women to not only get into shape but also provides lessons in self defense.”
“Too many people just see, shall we say, the seedy side of boxing,” added Docherty, “but it’s a sport that’s been contested for thousands of years and there are more positives to it than negatives. We want Saturday Night Fights to highlight the positive aspects of the sport.”
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