Championship Boxing at Encore a Success; Round two Coming Next

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Everett’s first champion, Richie “The Mountain” Lamontagne, gave a well-deserved speech welcoming professional boxing to Everett during Murphys Boxing’s first ever fight night at Encore Casino. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

Best way to describe Encore Boston Harbor’s first live-action event: Like Las Vegas descended on Everett, MA.

The lights and glamor of a first-class setup proved to be the perfect setting for for an event that was a knockout success.

Hosted by Murphys Boxing in collaboration with Encore, the sold out event saw more than 2,100 guest from all over the area show up for a night of championship boxing that did not disappoint.

The fanfare and local celebrities at the event was proof boxing will be a thing at Encore for the foreseeable future.

Some of the notables included Restaurateurs Nick Verano and Frank DePasquale, retired boxer Kevin McBride (who of course bested the mighty Mike Tyson), former boxing champion Peter Manfredo Jr, legendary boxing referee Steve Smoger, and two of Massachusetts’ greatest boxers and icons, Micky Ward and Tony DeMarco.

The event even called for well-known Boston Bruins singer, Todd Angilly, to do his signature rendition of our national anthem mid ring prior to the championship title fight that saw Stoneham’s Greg Vendetti win the vacant IBA junior middleweight title in a 12-round thriller against New Jersey’s Michael Anderson.

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— Eye on Everett —

Steve Wynn Called

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By Josh Resnek

Think about that.

Steve Wynn called me out of the blue on Monday.

“What did you think of the opening of the casino?” he asked me. “Spectacular in every way,” I answered.

“Yes,” he said, “Matt and all the others really pulled it together, didn’t they?

“Quite frankly, Steve, everyone is blown away by Wynn Resort’s talents, for the company’s ability to get the job done.”

“Quite a company I built, isn’t it, Josh?

“You got that right, Steve!”

“Back to the opening…were you there, Josh?”

“Couldn’t make it, Steve. I was in Pam Beach visiting my sister.” “I watched clips of it on television. Your boy Carlos the mayor paid homage to you, Steve.”

Yes. Carlos said wonderful words. He said he remained loyal to me in front of that huge crowd. He even cried! I thought that was a bit much. I didn’t realize how theatrical he can get.”

Steve laughed.

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Those who are Running

The folks brave enough to place their name on the ballot for the upcoming city municipal election should realize this year’s contest is different than all the others that have come before.

With the casino and hotel contributing so much to the economic well being and stability of the city, close attention must be paid to the future, and how exactly the casino and hotel will either do the right thing, or be told what to do by a city government with a backbone.

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Part of the Miracle

The casino and hotel up and running makes this arguably about the most successful business summer in the city’s history.

The casino’s jobs number alone are staggering with almost 5,000 employees now receiving paychecks!

It is as if an entire new city has been built inside the present city of Everett.

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