PAL amateur boxers ready for show

PHOENIXVILLE - A tentative card has been released for the Oct. 12 Phoenixville Police Athletic League (PAL) amateur boxing show at the Civic Center.

The show starts at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Four local fighters are on the card representing the Phoenixville PAL program. They are Allen McBee, Richard Gosling, Johnny Conner and Kevin Garcia.

McBee is from Pottstown, but he has been working out at the Phoenixville gym for this card. He took some time away from boxing but is returning for this show.

McBee has an 11-5 record, and the 25-year-old weighs 165 pounds. He is scheduled to face Ron Binyard of Kings Gym in Reading, a 17-year-old who also weights 165 and sports a 10-2 record.

Gosling is a 17-year-old 125-pounder with an 0-2 mark. He is slated to meet 17-year-old Lewis Torres of the Torrres Gym. Torres is a 125-pounder with a 2-6 log.

Conner is a 17-year-old 148-pounder with a 1-1 mark. He is scheduled to square off against Jeremy Cravis, a 17-year-old 148-pounder with an 0-2 record. Cravis represents Greys Ferry Boxing Gym in Philadelphia.

Garcia is a 22-year-old 140-pounder with an 0-2 mark. He is slated to tangle with Ismael Serrano, a 22-year-old 140-pounder with a 2-2 mark. Serrano fights out of Ron & Indios Gym in Bethlehem.

Gosling is a Phoenixville Area High School senior who has been boxing for two years. He formerly played basketball and baseball.

My mom got me into it, said Gosling. Surprisingly, she told me about it. I said Sure, Ill try it out. I loved it. I loved it.

His years in basketball have assisted his footwork in the boxing ring.

As soon as I saw this, I said I got to stay committed, said Gosling, who said his most effective punch is a straight left.

Thats my hardest punch, he said.

Gosling is excited about fighting in hometown Phoenixville in front of family and friends on what is also Homecoming football day at Washington Field with a 2 p.m. PAC-10 game against Boyertown on the schedule. The busy day of activities also includes a dance at the school in the evening.

I have to win, said Gosling. I cant lose in my own gym. Ive definitely got to stay in shape. I am really excited to be fighting here. It keeps you on your feet.

Gosling has been promoting the boxing card at school to try to increase the numbers of what is expected to be a large crowd anyway. He said some people plan to leave the Homecoming dance early in order to attend the boxing show.

Garcia has been boxing for almost two years. He, too, is excited about fighting in front of a local crowd.

I am excited, he said. I have been looking forward to it for a long time.

Garcia said he weighed around 155 pounds before he began the rigorous training involved with boxing that trimmed 15 pounds off his frame.

Phoenixville PAL executive director Jimmy Deoria said this will be the first card in town since 2007 because of the need to find additional trainers besides himself and Willis Skeebe Foreman following the departure of John Mulvenna and the death of his father, Jim Deoria Sr. Also, the search went on to develop boxers who were ready to start competing for a good show.

Joe Rowan and Jaime Zimmerman have come aboard to help train kids as well as Tom Garwood at times.

There have also been significant changes at the downstairs portion of the Civic Center. The PAL boxers now have access to the entire lower level that provides more room with larger numbers of boxers. A dividing wall has been knocked down. Also, a hard rubber matting has been placed on part of the floor that enhances footwork and leg drills. The rest of the floor work should follow in time.

This is real nice, said Deoria. The Civic Center allowed us to take downt he wall because we had so many kids and were so busy. Basically, we have the whole downstairs for the boxing program.

The program accommodated 80 kids last year, and Deoria expects the number to exceed that this year.

I have seen an improvement in PAL, said Garcia. When I first came here, there were only three boxers. Now we have upwards of a dozen, maybe 15. Jimmys a big help and a huge influence.

Conner is the third area young man on this card.

I have been boxing for six or seven years, said Conner. My grandfather was a boxer. He kind of motivated me. I came down here and I just liked it.

Conner is a senior at Perkiomen Valley High School.

Conner focuses on his jab when punching, and he then tried to build everything else off of that jab.

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