Boxers train for big fight night

On August 15, 2013, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

The athletic prowess of the members of the Somerville Boxing Club are set to have their abilities tested at the big fight night on August 23 at Dilboy Stadium. ~Photo by Harry Kane

The athletic prowess of the members of the Somerville Boxing Club are set to have their abilities tested at the big fight night on August 23 at Dilboy Stadium. – Photo by Harry Kane

By Harry Kane

The second annual boxing tournament at Dilboy Stadium is quickly approaching, and all the boxers at the Somerville Boxing Club are training for the big fight night on Aug. 23.

Rashida Ellis, 18, is a five-time national champion fly weight boxer. She weighs in at 132. Ellis is from Lynn but trains at the Somerville Boxing Club six days a week. “I like all sports. But boxing, I like it because it’s fighting. I just love to fight,” Ellis says.

As a senior in high school, Ellis is always busy, either studying or fighting. “We train hard to box. It’s nothing easy. We have to jog every day.”

The boxers come to the gym and throw on the hand wraps, she explains. “You come here and do a lot of shadow, which is throwing punches to the air, hitting the bag, doing jump rope,” Ellis says.  Sometimes she flips the tires. “It’s hard work every day, that’s it. On sparring days it’s even harder, ‘cause you have to compete with the others.”

~Photo by Harry Kane

– Photo by Harry Kane

“It’s an opportunity for a lot of young kids who don’t get to play the team sports,” said Norman “Stoney” Stone about the upcoming tournament.  “We got over 500 members. We’ll probably have 15 bouts that night.”

Stoney, 62, managed and trained former WBA Heavyweight Champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz. Now he works with the kids down at the Somerville Boxing Club on 11 Otis St., alongside trainer Alex Rivera.

Rivera, 39, has been training boxers for some 20 years. He was a fighter back in the early 90’s and started a gym in Lynn, but moved to Somerville two years ago. “The City of Somerville has been good to us,” he says. “I take pride of putting good fights together. When they come to see the fight, they have a good time, but they can experience amateur boxing at its highest level.”

“Fight Night’ takes place August 23 at Dilboy Stadium.Tickets are available at the Somerville Boxing Club, 11 Otis Street, $20.00 adults, $10.00 youth. Call 617-625-6600 x.2250 for more information.



14 Responses to “Boxers train for big fight night”

  1. Ray Spitzer says:

    These tournaments should be banned. Boxing may be entertaining, but it’s bad for the people involved.
    Just Google for Dementia Pugilistica and you will get a Wiki page that explains it all.
    In addition to the tragedy of ruined lives, who ends up paying for taking care of these folks when they develop dementia later in life?

  2. Mike Shine says:

    Ray from what you wrote I can tell you know nothing about the fight game or the people involved. So I think you should stick with something you know.

  3. PixiePocahontas says:

    I agree with Ray. Not only can it cause permanent injury to brain functioning, it also attracts unsavory types like N.Station, once a seedy place.

  4. Jack the Destroyer says:

    For once I agree with Pixie! My uncle was a boxer, now he is a vegetable. I will never allow my kids to be involved in this barbaric “sport”. Just ban it and play it on the XBox, if you really enjoy fighting.

  5. PixiePocahontas says:


    I’m truly flattered, now you can go back to disagreeing with me.

    Xbox and violent video games are not providing anything positive for children. It’s just another vehicle to manifest aggression while increasing desensitization of violence.

    Light contact sports like baseball and soccer are healthier for our youth.

    What are the benefits of boxing? Can someone please provide a list. Gambling does not count.

  6. Jack the Destroyer says:

    The benefits of boxing are obvious, Pixie: they provide an outlet for the lowest impulses of humans, kill the “opponent”.

  7. Johnnie Jazz says:

    geeez and the wimpification of America continues. Someone wants to box – let them box. It’s great exercise (I’ve boxed and trained) and boxing (like martial arts) teaches kids (and adults) how to use their hands and discipline. What do you some of you want to do next – ban karate/football/baseball/basketball?

    Some of you people would like to just bubble wrap your kids and stick them in front of PCs and TVs all day. Embarrassing and your kids will end up not being able to compete in the real world.

    Pixie, TAKE.YOUR.MEDS.

  8. Jack,

    I agree, it’s an ugly sport with no benefits to those who participate as boxers.

  9. PixiePocahontas says:


    I’m sorry to hear that about your uncle. It must be difficult for him and for you and your family.

  10. sue says:

    How much city money does this group take?

  11. Uncle Rocco says:

    People who think boxing is just a couple of meatheads pounding on each other til the other one is braindead don’t understand the sport. A good boxing coach will tell you, it’s strategy, athleticism, focus, knowing how to read your opponents weaknesses and lazy habits, as well as being able to throw a punch. It’s a great sport if it’s taught right.

  12. Jack the Destroyer says:

    Pixie, thanks. It has been very difficult for everybody involved. But we love him, and so we take care of him. There is some external help, but we try to keep it to a minimum until it becomes absolutely necessary. It does not take a genius to figure out that hard hits to the head cannot be good for you, but he was good at it, so he kept doing it… But now that the evidence is out there, there is no excuse for anyone to box and push boxing. None.

  13. PixiePocahontas says:


    Hopefully, new laws will make it difficult for permanent injuries to occur, some leading to life long disabilities, and should hold managers accountable.

    It’s personal stories like your uncle’s that should prevent other boxers from the same tragic fate.

    Your uncle is blessed to have such a loving nephew and family. He must be a special guy, too. I wish you all the best.

  14. jake says:

    Sue, thats a a great question. The city pays for everything because it is a city building, but I am told that private trainers use it for free and charge as much as $40 an hour per student. Where do you think the money ends up?

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