PHOENIXVILLE - Thirteen competitive matches were featured on the Phoenixville Police Athletic League (PAL) amateur boxing card at the Civic Center on Oct. 12.
Five of the matches involved kids who work out of the Phoenixville PAL program.
Richard Gossling, a senior at Phoenixville Area High School, won his match, a three-round decision against Lewis Torres from Torres Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. Both boxers weighed 125 pounds for the match.
A nice crowd of friends, family and local PAL supporters gathered for the show.
First up representing Phoenixville PAL was Nowa Norman. Norman is 14 years old and comes from Coatesville with former world champion Calvin Grove to train at the Phoenixville PAL gym every night. Nowa fought his way to a three-round unanimous decision over Anthony Dominelli from Elsmere Delaware Boxing Gym. Both boxers weighed 104 pounds for the match. It was also the first match for both boys.
Allen McBee of Pottstown returned to the ring for the local PAL after an eight-year layoff from boxing. McBee dropped a three-round decision to Ron Binyard from Reading. Both boxers weighed in at 165 pounds.
Phoenixville’s Johnny Conner lost a three-round decision to Jeremy Cravis from Grey’s Ferry Boxing Gym in Philadelphia. Both boxers weighed in at 145 pounds. Phoenixville trainer Jimmy Deoria said Conner worked hard to prepare for this fight and thought Conner had a good showing.
Last up was Kevin Garcia representing Phoenixville PAL. Garcia dedicated his fight to his grandfather. Garcia gave a great effort but not enough to gain the victory. He lost a three-round decision to Ismael Serrano out of Ron and Indio’s Gym in Bethlehem. Both fighters weighed in at 140 pounds.
Boxers competed from as far away as Harrisburg and New Jersey. Former Phoenixville professional boxers “Big” Joe Thomas and “Wicked” Joe Pickett were in attendance to offer support to all kids on the card.
Phoenixville PAL thanked all of the local businesses for their continued support to its programs.
The Phoenxiville Area PAL boxing program runs year-round, Monday through Thursday, from 5-7 p.m. at the Phoenixville Civic Center, 123 Main St. For more information, visit its web site at Phoenixvillepal.org or call (610) 917-3735.