All-Star Boxing Returns on Veteran’s Day Weekend to Portland, Maine on Saturday, November 11, 2017.
StartFragmentThe Portland Boxing Club presents its 104th event in Portland on Saturday, November 11 at the Portland Expo. The 8-round Main Event will feature Portland Boxing Club’s pro middleweight Russell Lamour Jr (“The Haitian Sensation” 15-2) vs John Thompson of Newark, NJ (17-3) vying for the vacant IBA North American Middleweight Championship. Lamour gets a chance to win back the title he previously held before losing to Thomas Falawo, who retired, leaving the title vacant. This main event promises to be a good match-up of two sharp boxers. The accomplished Thompson lost a world title challenge in 2015. Lamour, a Deering High School graduate and a corrections officer at the Long Creek Youth Center is a local fan favorite. Lamour has won three since his loss to Falawo and said he is more than ready to step up and take the title back. The co-feature of the night will feature Portland Boxing Club’s undefeated middleweight, Jason Quirk (“The Fighting Fireman” 7-0). The hard-hitting Quirk is a Portland fireman and paramedic and has notched 5 KO’s in his 7 wins as a pro. The event will also feature the comeback of Brandon Barry of West Forks (“The Cannon” 11-2-1), his first fight in a year and a half after undergoing shoulder surgery. Also boxing is Brandon Montella (8-0), a former Maine native now living in Quincy, MA. Three other pro bouts will be on the card. Two amateur bouts will start the show, featuring Portland Boxing Club’s Nationally rated welterweight, Josniel “TG” Castro. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale at Bruno’s Restaurant (33 Allen Ave, Portland), Merrill Auditorium and at www.Porttix.com. EndFragment
StartFragmentCastro Makes it to Quarterfinals Portland Boxing Club’s nationally ranked welterweight Josniel Castro, of Portland, lost a one-point unanimous decision to Sean Charleston of Riverdale, GA in the Elite Male 152-pound division in the quarterfinal round of the 2017 USA Boxing National Eastern Elite Qualifiers in Chattanooga, TN in a hard-fought close contest that could have gone either way. On Monday, Castro earned a 5-0 unanimous decision over Daijon Carter, of Las Vegas. The aggressive Castro was clearly the better and faster boxer, controlling the action for the entire fight. In the second round on Wednesday, Castro won by TKO over Joey Borrero of Las Vegas. After taking the first round to learn Borrero’s awkward style, Castro dominated the second round then scored two standing eight counts in the third round before the referee had seen enough and stopped the fight. Castro will be competing again on November 11 at the All-Star Boxing show at the Portland Expo. Tickets start at $25 and are available at Bruno’s Restaurant, Merrill Auditorium and at www.PortTix.com. EndFragment
StartFragmentSpecial Guests Announced Portland Boxing Club is honored to welcome US Army Veteran “Merciless” Ray Mercer as one of our special guests for its November 11, Veteran’s Weekend event. Mercer represented the United States in the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea where he won gold in the heavyweight division. After the Olympics, Mercer turned professional and went on to win the WBO heavyweight title in 1991. Mercer faced some of boxing’s heavyweight greats including Larry Holmes, Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Wladimir Klitschko. Also appearing will be Bruin’s hockey legend, Rick “Nifty” Middleton. He scored a hat trick in this first game as a Bruin and scored almost 900 goals over the next 12 years. Middleton played in the NHL All-Star Game in 1981, 1982 and 1984 and was a team co-captain from 1985 until his retirement following the 1988 season. Mercer and Middleton will do an autograph and photo session with the fans from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.EndFragment