Main Street Gym takes talent on the road

Main Street Gym

Main Street Gym boxers Renaldo Messidue, Erick Acosta and Cory Moore boxed well recently in a match in Glen Burnie.

Boxers from the Main Street Gym competed recently at the well-known Michael’s Eighth Avenue Ballroom in Glen Burnie.

The event, hosted by Jake Smith of Baltimore Boxing in conjunction with Michael’s, a large crowd on hand for the night of amateur boxing.

Main Street Gym boxers Renaldo Messidue, a 15-year-old student at Wicomico High School, stepped into the ring  as a new boxer after his debut two months ago.

In a hard-fought battle, Messidue took as well as he gave to outpoint his 16-year-old heavyweight opponent out of the First Class Boxing Gym. Messidue has been undefeated in his first two bouts.

Main Street Gym’s  Erick Acosta, an 11-year-old who attends Fruitland Intermediate School, stepped into the ring with a familiar opponent in Tommy Coe of  Baltimore, fighting out the Baltimore Boxing Gym.

The two boys who fight in the 85-pound division met twice before, with Acosta losing a close decision in the first meeting, and a controversial decision here in Salisbury on the Main Street Gym’s Guns & Hoses Show in December.

On that night many felt Acosta out boxed Coe in their three round matchup, but the judges saw it differently.

 Last week, Acosta took charge quickly to insure there would be no more close decisions. Acosta turned in the best performance of his 15-fight career, winning all three rounds on all the judges’ scorecards.

The third member of the Main Street Team stepping into the ring, knowing that he was taking a big step up in competition, as Cory Moore a senior at Wi-Hi matched up with Baltimore’s Mack Allison out of UMAR Boxing, who was celebrating his 100th amateur fight, a milestone few amateurs reach.

The fight unfolded slowly as both fighters were cautious in the first two rounds. In round three, Moore started the round quickly going in hard to land some quality shots, but Allison started taking control in the last part of the round.

Allison’s hand was raised in victory, but Moore kept the fight close enough the crowd had to waited for the official decision.

“ It was a good night for us,” said Coach Hal Chernoff of the Main Street Gym. “Nardo did so well for such a new boxer in front of a big crowd. He kept his composure when he got caught and fired back with good shots that backed up a bigger guy.”

Chernoff gave credit to Moore as well.

“With Corey we knew it was an uphill battle going in against a national champions like Allison, but Corey just seems to be able to hang with who ever he steps in with — but is still working on that little extra he needs to win at the top level,” he said.

Chernoff said Acosta merited the highest accolades.

“If this night belonged to anyone it would have to be Erick,” Chernoff said. “I knew he had that kind of performance in him and everyone in the gym knew it, but I don’t think he believed in his own abilities enough to let it go.

“He amazed the crowd the judges, even the ring doctors couldn’t stop talking about him.  For the rest of the night he could move without people complimenting him on an very sharp performance for such a young fighter,” said Chernoff.

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