Bragging rights will be at stake when amateur boxers from the Allentown Boxing Club challenge their counterparts from King’s Gym in Reading on Feb. 27th at the Rodeway Inn & Conference Center at Routes 22 & 309 in Allentown. It will be part of an exciting night of professional and amateur boxing presented by King’s Promotions.
The Allentown Boxing Club was recently re-opened under the guidance of Luis Melendez, a former professional boxer and current trainer in the Allentown area. The club is currently being supported by the Weed & Seed prevention program, although that support is only for a limited time. The gym is open to ages 7 and up and presently has about 200 kids enrolled. It is Melendez’s hope that the facility will provide a healthy and positive place for area youth and a place to give guidance and build confidence and self-respect.
King’s Gym of nearby Reading was opened in 1995 by noted boxing trainer Marshall Kauffman as a way to get youngsters off the streets and involved in more postive activities. The name “KING” stands for “Kids In Need of Guidance”, and Marshall has spent years using the sport of boxing as a way for both his professional and amateur boxers to feel good about themselves – a way for them to gain confidence and pride in themselves. 2009 was a good year for King’s amateurs in which six boxers won novice state Golden Glove titles, as well as the team title, at the Penna. Central Championship competition.
The amateur bouts will include the following: Erving Torres (Allentown) vs Jesus Perez (Reading); Eddie German (Allentown) vs Quincy Staples (Reading); Abriam Santos (Allentown) vs Mario Cuello (Reading); and Carlos Colon (Allentown) vs TBA.
Tickets are priced at $25.00, 50.00 and 65.00 and are now available at the Rodeway Inn (610-395-3731), Kingsboxing.com and the Allentown Boxing Club (Luis Melendez: 484-860-5162). A special student discount of $5.00 off any ticket price will be available at the door only along with proof of student ID. Also, King’s Promotions has announced that a portion of proceeds from each ticket sold will be donated to the Allentown Boxing Club. Doors open at 6:00 pm; first bout starts at 6:30.