Making Champions and Good Citizens for 25 Years

This year the Portland Boxing Club marks 25 years of “Making Champions and Good Citizens.” As part of our anniversary activities going on throughout the year, we reflected back on some of the Portland Boxing Club’s success stories. These accomplishments come in many forms. The first thing that comes to mind is usually the number of championships won, which just passed the milestone of 200 championships. But below the surface, there are far more remarkable accomplishments happening. Portland Boxing Club is changing lives. Over our 25 years, we have seen many boxers make sacrifices to overcome their personal struggles and achieve their dreams of personal success.

Each boxer has a story of what brought them into the Portland Boxing Club, but it’s their hard work and dedication to achieve a better life that keeps them on the right path.

To share the story behind every sacrifice made and every success story accomplished would require volumes. To mark our Silver Anniversary, we are assembling this collection of stories from the hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles about the Portland Boxing Club’s athletes as inspiration while we embark on our next 25 years.

We invite you to keep checking back as we will be adding to this collection throughout the year.

Brewer Grad Wins Regional Boxing Title

Bangor Daily News – Friday, March 9, 2012 - Ernie Clark

PORTLAND – Jayson Richter qualifies as a goal-oriented person by almost any standard.

He was a freshman at Brewer High School on Sept. 11, 2001 when terrorists flew planes into the twin towers in New York City and the Pentagon, with yet another plane ultimately crashing into a field near Shanksville, PA.

It was a morning that shaped his future.

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Familiar Ring: A Portland Boxer Looks to Come Back for Himself, and for a Friend

Newspaper Unknown – Date Unknown - Jerry Lauzon

Mario Andelic needs no motivation to prepare for the upcoming Golden Gloves tournament.

More than daily sacrifices and a dream of personal success in the ring drives the 21-year-old welterweight. Andelic’s arduous past and a unique friendship give him heart and hope that he can fulfill a promise.

“Every boxing tournament is special for me,” said Andelic. “This one is just a little more special.”

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Small Man, Giant Potential

Portland Press Herald – Date Unknown - Steve Solloway

Jorge Abiague knows the thrill of victory in the ring, and the sense of belonging outside it. Having his hand raised in victory is a moment Jorge Abiague could not explain fully even if English were his first language. The power of the moment. The deep satisfaction, knowing you beat your opponent with your mind, your heart and your fists.

“It’s a feeling like no other,” said Abiague after a workout at the Portland Boxing Club Wednesday night. “I know that.”

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The Next Battle: Boxer and Army Reservist Todd Bacon Prepares to Trade in his Headgear for Body Armor

Windham Independent – November 17, 2005 - Shawn French

Some guys are just natural warriors. Todd Bacon, a Portland Police officer and a 1996 Gorham High grad appears to be one of them. He played high school hockey, started boxing while in the Army and picked up his fourth amateur heavyweight title in the main event of Saturday’s Northeastern Regional Championships at the Portland Boxing Club. But a little over a year ago, Bacon signed up for his biggest fight yet when he re-enlisted in the Army Reserves. He was recently activated and is awaiting word on when he’ll be heading to Iraq. 

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Go to the Body

Maine Women Magazine - April 17, 2016 - Alicia Fisher

Once hardened by years of physical and sexual abuse, alcoholism and life on the streets, this fearless Maine woman found her inner strength at the bottom and fought her way to the top. Liz Leddy kept her eye on the prize and found strength and a sense of purpose along the way. This is her inspiring story.

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Young Boxing Champs Keep Their Eyes on the Prize: A Better Life

Portland Press Herald – March 21, 2016 - Susan Kimball

Gabriel “Tito” Morales and his half brother, Barry Wilson, are pummeling each other.

The boys, both wearing protective headgear, bob and weave, bouncing on the toes of their bright red Nikes as they circle the ring at the Portland Boxing Club.

Tito, 17, may have 30-plus pounds on 12-year-old Barry, but when they spar he doesn’t take it easy on him. That’s not his style.

“If he starts slacking off,” Tito says, “I tell him, ‘If you want to change our family’s life, you gotta work.’ ”

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Unfortunately it takes more then enthusiasm, desire and commitment to sustain a program that produces success like the Portland Boxing Club. If any of these stories inspire you, we ask that you consider donating to the Portland Boxing Club to help us with general operating costs. We rely entirely on donations to operate our facility. Every donation can make a big difference. If you would like to make a donation, please use the link below or contact us a 207-761-0975.