For the first time in several decades, the Sweet Science returned to Hawley with a full card of exciting action.
Lake Region Fitness promoted, organized and hosted the amateur event, which took place Saturday night in the Wallenpaupack Area High School gym.
David Vazquez, Lake Region’s head trainer and boxing instructor, worked tirelessly to make “Boxing by the Lake”?a reality.
“This is something that’s been in the works for more than a year...ever since we founded Lake Region Fitness,”?he said. “I’m so happy with how it all went. The turnout was good and the match-ups were really competitive.”
Vazquez is a lifelong boxing fan and hopes to make this a tradition. He’s already tentatively planning his next card for sometime in November.
Several hundred enthusiastic fans turned out Saturday to cheer on their local pugilists.
Samantha Rodriquez got them on their feet with a dominating performance in the night’s second bout.
Rodriquez is an unorthodox southpaw who trains at Lake Region Fitness. She just took apart Tobyhanna’s Jenna Corrente at 138.
“My step-brother, Nick Barnes, just passed away and I?really wanted to do this for him,”?Sam said just moments after the bout, a catch in her throat. "I just wanted to go out there and be aggressive and kick some butt.”
After Lake Region’s Andrew Avissato suffered a tough loss at 141, two more local fighters stepped up and sent a charge of electricity through the stands.
Kevin Gumble started off a bit slowly in his battle with Dave Racemus of Swoyersville. However, he came alive in the final two rounds to win an easy decision.
“All in all, it was a great fight,”?Kevin said. “I’ve been working on body shots for a couple of months in the gym and I?think I?really hurt him with them...especially in the second.”
McLay was up next and wasted no time in taking control against Gage Whiteknight (unattached).
Taylor sent his opponent twice to a neutral corner for standing 8s after unleashing devastating uppercuts and left hooks.
“I’m usually a lot more aggressive than that, but I?had to change up my game plan a little bit and counter more,”?he said. “Overall, I’m pretty happy with how I?did. My cardio was good and I didn’t feel gassed at all at the end.”
Other winners included:
•Dillon Price (Mitchell Allen Boxing Club); walkover, Daylias Perez (Elite?Heat); 85 lbs.
•Mark Rideout (Fast Lane Boxing); by decision over Glen Thomas (Pedones); 201 lbs. Open.
•Julian Cruz (East Reading); by decision over Terrance Brown (Swoyersville); 141 lbs. Novice.
•Maynard Turner (Fast Lane); by decision over Leonard Quinones (Pocono Boxing); 178 lbs. Novice.
•Shakeen Hodge (East Reading); by decision over Ryan Wilczak (Irish Boxing Club); 165 lbs. Novice.
•Ryan Zuber (Costello’s); by decision over Benjamin Burgos (Tobyhanna); 132 lbs. Cadet.
•Xaviar Ramirez (East Reading); by decision over Daniel Kelleher (Allentown); 75. lbs Junior.
•Brian Hittler (Tobyhanna); by decision over Frank Malone (Swoyersville); 152 lbs. Novice.
•Miguel Sosa (Tobyhanna); by decision over William Kelleher (Allentown); 132 lbs. Intermediate.