If you’ve ever dreamed of climbing in the ring, get your gloves and inner fight readyas a first-of-its-kind boxing center is now open for all Everett residents to attend — free of charge.
Whether you’re 13, 30, or maybe older, the Broadway Boxing Club at the site of the old Everett High School, is welcoming all to train with certified USA Boxing trainers and former amateur boxers, Dennis Willcox and Joe Ricciardi, who have been running the club together since it opened to residents in May.
“Both Joe and Myself were amateur boxers and he had a gym in Saugus. He would train professional boxers and we talked about getting together to offer it to the youth of Everett and that’s how it came to be,” Said Willcox, who said he presented the idea to the city and was offered the space at the former site of the Wellness Center.
“The free program is offered for all ages, but the best time to get started with boxing is between the ages of 12-13. So we really want to encourage all the interested youth in the city to get involved,” said Willcox.
Local undefeated boxer Shayna Foppiano is finding it hard to lock down an opponent.
Foppiano had her next scheduled fight, originally slated for mid-March, pushed back six weeks because her opponent dropped out.
Multiple potential opponents have dropped out of bouts with her recently.
“We’re having a hard time locking down an opponent. Four separate opponents fell through, but we’re optimistic that we now have someone good to go for the first week of May,” said Foppiano, who plans to put together a fundraiser sometime in April ahead of her potential fight.
Foppiano has been staying busy while she awaits her next fight, working equally as hard in the gym as out of it to gather promotions and spread the word for her next matchup.
Knocked out by Coronavirus local boxer battles back for upcoming March bout
By LORENZO RECUPERO
Local boxer Shayna Foppiano is training again to pick up the gloves and get back in the ring after a Coronavirus-extended absence from the sport she loves.
Foppiano, looking to extend her undefeated professional record (3- 0-1), will fight Saturday, March 13 at the Castleton Banquet Hall in Castleton, New Hampshire at a date and time still to be determined.
With her initial opponent backing out of the scheduled bout, whom she will square-off with will be named at a later date.
The fight, due to Coronavirus regulations still in place, won’t feature any in-person fanfare but will be streamed live on the Boston Boxing Promotions Facebook page.
Foppiano, who fell victim to Coronavirus late last year, said her fight against the illness wasn’t an easy win but she is back up, better, and healthy.
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.