Main Street Gym to host big events May 19 and 20

On Friday, May 19, and Saturday, May 20, Main Street Gym, along with Pohanka of Salisbury, will host the 2017 Junior Olympic Regional Championships.

Tickets are $20 for one day and $35 for two-day passes. VIP table are also available in advance by calling 410-430-6687.

Main Street Gym’s boxers have been fighting well all spring and will be ready for the home bout.

Last month, three Main Street Gym boxers advanced to this regional tournament by competing in Baltimore at the Upton Boxing Center.

Kobe Moore won on a walkover in the 165-pound division for 15- and 16-year-olds; Jordan Brown of Delmar won a hard-fought battle and will advance in the 125-pound division for 13- and 14-year-olds; and Erick Acosta stepped up to show he was ready to move on in the 119-pound 13- and 14-year-olds division.

In the non tournament bouts, Salisbury’s Harlem Beteck emerged from the ring as a winner, with Jonathan Stevens and Gavin Brown losing close decisions.

“I am so proud of all these young guys,” said Coach Hal Chernoff. “We took 10 kids that were ring ready to fight but only five were matched. Over the years Main Street has earned respect for having well trained kids that could compete on any level, but now we are impressing other programs with the number of kids ready to compete.”

He added: “As the numbers grow in the gym, our goal to make it a good experience for the kids so they want to stay, improve and compete.”

Like any successful program it takes a team to get the job done and Chernoff said he has an excellent staff  in coaches Ryan Watson and Tyrone Hargrove.

The hope is that on May 19 here, Moore, Brown and Acosta can score victories and advance to the Nationals Junior Olympics in Charleston, W.Va.


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