Main Street Gym plans big November bout

From left are, Assistant Coach Ryan Watson, Matt McMurdough, Thomas Mottinger and Coach Hal Chernoff.

From left are, Assistant Coach Ryan Watson, Matt McMurdough, Thomas Mottinger and Coach Hal Chernoff.

Main Street Gym was on hand last Saturday night for the Delaware Amateur Boxing Series at the NUR Shrine Temple in New Castle.

Matt McMurdough, a teacher at Prince Street Elementary School in Salisbury took the ring first and scored an impressive second-round stoppage of his opponent.

“Matt is very strong having come from a football, shotput and javelin background. He is still learning the boxing skills and how to incorporate his power, but is it coming along real well. He is a super guy and it is nice to have a teacher representing Main Street and Salisbury,” said Coack Hal Chernoff.

McMurdough’s record is now 2-1.

Next up was Thomas “T.J.” Mottinger who was forced to take a last minute replacement after his scheduled opponent was a no-show. The change seemed to make Mottinger a little more apprehensive to attack his opponent at times but he still got a solid win on all three score cards.

For Mottinger to fight the replacement he had to move up into the super heavyweight division.

“T.J. seemed a little out of his rhythm at times and that may have been from fighting the bigger guy but he won his exchanges and had no problem winning the bout,” Chernoff said.

Mottinger is the 2016 Washington, D.C., Regional Golden Gloves Novice Champion and now has 10 fights which will put him in the open class division.  

Main Street gym will continue to travel and compete to get the kids more experience, but the year will end with a hometown stand at the Salisbury gym on Nov. 19, where Salisbury boxers will match up against kids from up and down the central East Coast.

Anyone wishing to reserve a table or be a sponsor can contact Chernoff at 410-430-6687 or

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