Portland Boxing Club’s Alec Dacar, left, made his amateur debut at the Second Annual PAL St. Paddy's Day Rumble.  Photo courtesy Shawn Pacheco    shawnpacheco.com   .

Portland Boxing Club’s Alec Dacar, left, made his amateur debut at the Second Annual PAL St. Paddy's Day Rumble. Photo courtesy Shawn Pacheco shawnpacheco.com.

Second Annual PAL St. Paddy’s Day Rumble

Nashua, NH - March 14, 2019

Portland Boxing Club’s Wade Faria and Alec Dacar competed at the Second Annual Police Athletic League (PAL) St. Paddy’s Day Rumble on Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Nashua, NH.

PBC’s Wade Faria, a novice middleweight (165 lbs) of Portland, dominated Randy Jackson, of Nashua, NH, scoring three standing eight counts leading to a one-sided unanimous decision. Faria has scored six eight counts/knockdowns in his first two fights.

PBC’s Alec Dacar, a novice middleweight (165 lbs) of Portland, came up short in his amateur debut against Travis Campbell, of Manchester, NH. Dacar struggled to find a rhythm against a difficult left-handed Campbell and was outscored losing a unanimous decision. 

Portland Boxing Club was happy to participate in this event where proceeds benefited PAL programming in southern New Hampshire. Manchester PAL and Nashua PAL serve more than 3,000 youth through sports, after-school programming and positive interaction with Manchester and Nashua Police Officers.


Portland Boxing Club’s Liz Leddy won her eighth New England Golden Gloves Championship Title at the New England Golden Gloves Championships in Lowell, MA on March 7, 2019.  Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club’s Liz Leddy won her eighth New England Golden Gloves Championship Title at the New England Golden Gloves Championships in Lowell, MA on March 7, 2019. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Leddy Wins Eighth New England Golden Gloves Championship Title

March 7, 2019 – Lowell, MA

Portland Boxing Club’s Liz Leddy, an open class lightweight (132 lbs) of Portland, won her eighth New England Golden Gloves Championship Title at the New England Golden Gloves Championships in front of a packed audience at the historical Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA on March 7, 2019.

Leddy, who was representing Northern New England, defeated Jacki Boyle, of Stamford, CT, who was representing Western New England. Her constant aggressiveness won Leddy all three rounds on all the judges’ score cards. Leddy advances to the National Golden Gloves Championships in Chattanooga, TN in May.

PBC’s Nathan Nappi and Wade Faria had special bouts at the New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions on February 28, 2019. Nappi, a novice class light welterweight (141 lbs) started fast dominating Richard Theodore, of Abington, MA, scoring a TKO at 1:30 into the first round. Faria, a novice class middleweight (165 lbs), making his amateur boxing debut defeated Seif Hamisi Dale, of Lynn, MA, by TKO at 1:40 into the third round. Dale received eight counts towards the end of the first and second round before the referee had seen enough stopping the bout in the third round.


Portland Boxing Club’s Mario Wilborn, right, connects with a jab to Andrew Perez, of Methuen, MA, at the New England Golden Gloves Novice Finals.  Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club’s Mario Wilborn, right, connects with a jab to Andrew Perez, of Methuen, MA, at the New England Golden Gloves Novice Finals. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Wilborn Continues Streak to Win New England Golden Gloves Novice Heavyweight Championships

Lowell, MA – February 21, 2019

Portland Boxing Club had three amateur boxers representing Northern New England in the New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA.

PBC’s novice light welterweight (141 lbs) Nathan Nappi, of Portland, lost a close but unanimous decision to Cesar Collado, of Danbury, CT, who was representing Western New England, in the semi-final round of the tournament. A style clash with the left-handed Collado caused the boxers to be entangled throughout the awkward match that could have gone either way.

PBC’s novice heavyweight (201 lbs) Mario Wilborn, of Portland, scored a devastating knock-out at 1:50 into the first round over Dante Rivera, of East Hartford, CT, who was representing Western New England in the semi-final round of the tournament. This was Wilborn’s third consecutive win by knock out in the tournament. In the final bout of the tournament, Wilborn won by a hard fought 4-1 majority decision over Andrew Perez, of Methuen, MA, who was representing Central New England. Both boxers exchanged many heavy blows throughout the sea-saw battle coming away with the razor-thin win. Wilborn was voted by judges Outstanding Boxer of the All-New England Novice Tournament of Champions.

PBC’s novice featherweight (125 lbs) Kate Zehr, of South Portland, received a bye in the semi-final round of the tournament. In the final, Zehr lost a 4-1 majority decision to Victoria Davilla, of Stamford, CT, who was representing Western New England. After a slow start in the first round of the bout, chasing the ever-moving Davilla, Zehr made the second round close and clearly won the third round. The crowd expressed their disagreement with the judges’ decision.

With Wilborn’s win, Portland Boxing Club athletes have now earned 211 championship wins in the organization’s 27 years. Open class boxers will compete in the New England open class Tournament of Champions semi-finals on Thursday, February 28 with the winners advancing to the finals on Thursday March 7. The open class New England champions will advance to the National Golden Gloves Championships in Chattanooga, TN in May.


Portland Boxing Club's light welterweight (141 lbs) Nate Nappi (right) lands a jab to Derek Carlbers at the Northern New England Golden Gloves Finals on January 26, 2019.  Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club's light welterweight (141 lbs) Nate Nappi (right) lands a jab to Derek Carlbers at the Northern New England Golden Gloves Finals on January 26, 2019. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.

Portland Boxing Club Sweeps Northern New England Golden Gloves

Somersworth, NH - January 26, 2019

Three Portland Boxing Club athletes competed in the Northern New England Golden Gloves Championships finals in Somersworth, NH.

In the semi-final round on Saturday, January 19, Portland Boxing Club’s Nathan Nappi, a novice class light welterweight (141 lbs) of Portland, won by RSC (technical knock-out) over Michael Navarro, of Kittery at 1:44 into the second round. Nappi advanced to the final round of the tournament, held on Saturday, January 26, to win a unanimous decision over Derek Carlberg, of Nottingham, NH.

Portland Boxing Club’s Mario Wilborn, a novice class heavyweight (201 lbs) of Portland, won his semi-final bout by RSC over Richard Covino, of Portsmouth, NH at 1:11 into the first round. In the final bout, Wilborn won by RSC over Tyler Tobin, of Deerfield, NH at 0:15 into the third round.

Portland Boxing Club's Chi Wong, an open class light welterweight (141 lbs) of Portland, advanced to the final round of the tournament by walk-over. In the finals, Wong won by decision over Mehmet Akif Gediksiz of Kittery, ME.

Also at this event, Portland Boxing Club head coach Bobby Russo was awarded the Open Class Coach of the Tournament, which was voted on by the tournament officials. With these Northern New England Golden Gloves Championships wins, Portland Boxing Club athletes have now earned 210 championship wins in the organization’s 27 years.

The winners of the Northern New England championships advance to the All-New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA. Portland Boxing Club athletes advancing by walk over are defending New England Golden Gloves novice class featherweight (125 lbs) champion Kate Zehr, of South Portland, defending New England Golden Gloves open class lightweight (132 lbs) New England champion Liz Leddy of Portland, open class featherweight (123 lbs) Danny Pang of Portland, and open class middleweight (165 lbs) Josniel Castro of Westbrook.

Novice class champions compete in the New England novice class Tournament of Champions semi-finals on Thursday, February 14 with the winners advancing to the finals on Thursday, February 21. Open class champions will compete in the New England open class Tournament of Champions semi-finals on Thursday, February 28 with the winners advancing to the finals on Thursday March 7. The open class New England champions will advance to the National Golden Gloves Championships in Chattanooga, TN in May.