Down, But Not Out

By Lorenzo Recupero

Earlier this month Everett’s golden boy, Ryan Pietrantonio, vying for a spot in USA Olympic trials, stepped back Into the ring representing New England in the USA Boxing National Tournament, but things did not finish how he expected.

After taking down his first opponent in the opening round, Pietrantonio was up against the tourneys number 1 seed, Lavars Carter of Ohio. Carter dropped Pietrantonio in the first round after connecting on what looked like an illegal shot to the back of the head, which lead to the refs stoppage of the fight, all but clipping Pietrantonio’s chances of winning the single-elimination tournament.

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Dilboy Fight Night to Feature Everett Talent

Ryan Pietrantonio hits Raul Cruz with a right jab at the New England Golden Gloves Tournament earlier this year. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

If you’re looking for some live outdoor entertainment this weekend, Everett boxer Ryan Pietrantonio is getting back in the ring for an outdoor fight night hosted by the Somerville Youth Development & Boxing Club.

The annual event, dubbed Fight Night at Dilboy, is set for Saturday, August 17 from 6-11PM at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville.

The show stages over two fists full of boxing matches, with one of them featuring Pietrantonio (11-1 overall), who will be looking for a change of fortune in his second appearance at the event after suffering his only loss in the ring there two years ago.

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Championship Boxing at Encore a Success; Round two Coming Next

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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Championship Boxing Shipping up to Encore

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By Lorenzo Recupero

Encore Boston Harbor and Murphys Boxing is setting the stage for the first live-action entertainment of the summer at the newly opened 2.6 billion dollar resort.

Murphys Boxing, a promotion team founded in 2014 by the band Dropkick Murphys’ frontman Ken Casey, is collaborating with Encore for a championship title fight to take place at the entertainment venue within the resort.

On July 12, Stoneham’s Greg “The Villain”Vendetti will take on Michael Anderson of New Jersey for the IBA Junior Middleweight World Championship.

The 2,000 plus capacity venue at Encore will also play host to several other fights featuring the “who’s who” of Massachusetts boxers leading up to the main event.

Murphys Boxing’s Director of Communications, Chris Jay, expressed optimism for the future of the partnership with Encore and what it that means for boxing enthusiast in the area — and beyond — looking to have a unique and intimate boxing experience at a first-class venue.

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No Split Decision for Ryan Pietrantonio

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Everett’s Ryan Pietrantonio (above) clinched the New England’s tournament championship April 6.

By Lorenzo Recupero

The journey – and victories – continues for local boxer Ryan Pietrantonio.

Everett’s champion recently competed in his first boxing competition, The New Englands, since besting the Golden Gloves tourney in February.

Last weekend’s split decision victory over Holyoke’s Denzel Whitley was Ryan’s eighth straight win and fourth tournament championship.

And with each victory inside the ropes, he’s more convinced boxing is his calling.

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