Get Gritty in the City
Lewiston, ME - August 3, 2019
Portland Boxing Club’s Wade Faria competed at Get Gritty in the City on Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Lewiston Armory in Lewiston, Maine. Faria, a novice class middleweight (165 lbs) of Portland, lost a highly controversial split decision to hometown favorite, Aaron Waite, of Lewiston. Faria had Waite in trouble early in the first round with a straight right hand that staggered Waite. Faira continued the onslaught, causing the referee to jump in and give Waite a standing eight count. The tough Waite somehow survived the first round but was in trouble again in the second round with Faria sending him to the canvas for the second eight count. Again, Waite fought back gallantly and made it through another round. In the third round, a very determined Waite showed great heart by taking the fight to Faria. Faria had Waite in trouble again in the third round but Waite somehow fought back and survived the round. Waite got the decision, to the dismay of many in the crowd.
Lewiston Fight Night
Lewiston, ME - May 25, 2019
Portland Boxing Club’s Alec Dacar and Mario Wilborn competed at Lewiston Fight Night on Saturday May 25, 2019 at the Longley School in Lewiston, ME.
PBC’s Alec Dacar, a novice middleweight (165 lbs) of Portland, won a 3-2 decision over Estevan Hincapie of Springfield, MA. In his second amateur bout, after two close rounds Dacar scored a knock down and a standing eight count in the third round to seal the victory.
PBC’s Mario Wilborn, a novice class heavyweight (201 lbs) of Portland, lost a 4-1 majority decision to Robert Hetherman of Harpswell, ME. Although Wilborn landed multiple strong body shots, it was not enough for the win over the faster, busier Hetherman.
Portland Boxing Coach Named as President of the Golden Gloves of America
Chattanooga, TN - May 12, 2019
Longtime Portland Boxing Club president and head coach Bob Russo has been named as National President of the Golden Gloves of America. This prestigious position oversees 30 Golden Gloves franchises covering all 50 states. In addition to actively coaching and operating the Portland Boxing Club for 27 years, Russo is also the Executive Director of the New England Golden Gloves, an elite coach qualified to coach at the Olympic level, has promoted over 100 boxing events, and is a member of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame.
National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
Chattanooga, TN - May 11, 2019
PBC’s Liz Leddy was on the New England Team at the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at the Chattanooga Convention Center in Chattanooga, TN on May 11, 2019. Leddy, an open class lightweight (132 lbs), of Portland, lost a close decision to Meri Stewart, of Minneapolis, representing the Upper Midwest Team. The New England Team finished in seventh place out of thirty teams.
Lawrence Exchange Club’s Charity Fight Night
Andover, MA – April 20, 2019
Portland Boxing Club’s Wade Faria and Josniel Castro competed at the Lawrence Exchange Club's Charity Fight Night on Saturday April 20, 2019 at the Double Tree Hotel in Andover, MA.
PBC’s Wade Faria, a novice class middleweight (165 lbs) of Portland, won by referee stopped competition (TKO) at 2:48 in the second round over William Maumann, of West Point, NY. Faria dominated Maumann, scoring knockdowns in the first and second round before the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. In his three bouts as an amateur, Faria has scored nine standing eight counts/knockdowns.
PBC’s Josniel Castro, an open class elite middleweight (165 lbs) of Westbrook, won by a 4-1 majority decision over Luca Botis, of West Point, NY. Castro was clearly the better and faster boxer, controlling the action with sharp combinations and good lateral movements for the entire fight. Castro was also awarded the “Outstanding Boxer of the Night” award.
Portland Boxing Club was happy to participate in this annual event where proceeds benefited the Lawrence Exchange Club which focuses its programs of service on Americanism, Community Service, Youth Programs and the Prevention of Child Abuse.
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.