With Covid-19 restrictions easing and national sports readying to restart, athletes everywhere have been taking back their routines.
For undefeated professional boxer and Everett native, Shayna Foppiano, that means getting back to the basics.
“It’s really, really nice to be back and pushing harder,” said Foppiano, excited that gyms are finally back open.
In her first week back, she pounded-out four sessions with trainer Joe Lake, each including a four-mile run.
“The same day it opened I could not wait to get in [the gym]. It’s the thing I love, being in that environment,” said Foppiano, who used some of that time to get into her first official sparring session since lockdowns with Revere Police Officer Dennis Hickey (above).
Undefeated Everett boxer Shayna Foppiano is set to enter the ring for the fourth fight of her career, and if you asked her how she feels going into the bout, she’d tell you her third win is on the horizon.
“After the win, the plan is to get maybe one more fight under me and then following that go after the New England title,” said a confident Foppiano (2-0-1, 1 KO), who is finding true value in her work ethic and preparedness. “[The plan] is to beat all the good local girls and expand to fighting around the country,” said Foppiano.
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In February, after battling through five fights in six weeks, Everett boxer Ryan Pietrantonio powered through his competition en route to capturing the 2019 New England Golden Gloves Championship at the Lowell Auditorium. With the victory, Pietrantonio qualified to represent the New England region at the USA Boxing national tournament.
Everett native Shayna Foppiano’s pro boxing debut was a knockout – literally.
In her third career bout, the powerful 27-year old Foppiano put her undefeated record (2-0-1, 1 KO) to the test against fellow Everett boxer Raquel Santos at the Twin River Casino and Hotel in Rhode Island, part of the Classic Entertainment & Sports Boxing showcase there this past weekend.
Foppiano didn’t score a knockout this time around but pulled off a majority decision victory, outlasting Santos in the their four round lightweight matchup.
The faceoff was Santos’ pro debut and Foppiano’s first against someone from her hometown, much to her delight and surprise.
“I found out who I was fighting on ESPN.com before the fight and thought to myself ‘Wow that’s really cool’,” said Foppiano, who didn’t know until two weeks prior that she’d be going up against another Everett native.
The victory, admittedly not an easy one, though, wasn’t as unexpected for Foppiano.
“I came forward a more aggressive fighter this time around,” said Foppiano, who followed up a draw in her previous fight with the win over Santos.
She said she realized the fight was hers to win after withstanding a hard hit from Santos in the third round.
You may have heard of Everett boxing legend Richie “The Mountain” LaMontagne or even recent Golden Gloves champ Ryan Pietrantonio, but have you heard of these other Everett fighters, Shayna Foppiano and Raquel Santos?
If not, now’s your chance to find out just what these tough women are all about.
On Saturday November 23 at the Twin River Casino Hotel In Rhode Island, you can catch a seat to what promises to be a classic Everett showdown.