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Posted September 1, 2005
South Boston Boxing Club Growing Rapidly
By Joe Kelly

      Boxing Club Director Eddie Mahoney is pleasantly stunned how quickly word has spread across the City of Boston about the top-notch program that has emerged in Southie. Ranging from boxing novices, amateurs and professionals, the daily flow of dedicated boxers are taking advantage of the programs knowledgeable staff and equipment. Eddie only sees the trend growing as he and the staff seek additional funds and equipment.

      “We are currently working with Bobby and Mark Wahlberg and his Mark Wahlberg Foundation. Mark wants to make a donation to the club, it’s exactly the type of program he likes to work with” said Eddie. “We are also very grateful to Mayor Menino, Michael Kineavy and “L” St. Director Fred Ahern for their funding and space. Eddie also said that the young group of South Boston professionals that train at the club such as Anthony LaMonica, Matt Ryan and Billy Traft are role models to the younger students of the fight game.

      The popular Beginners Program will start up again September 10. These classes are for youngsters 8 years old and up and run on Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 10:00AM to 12:00PM and weekdays from 3:00PM to 7:00PM. “It’s a great way to introduce young people and teens to the sport of boxing,” said Eddie. The local boxing experts that help train at the Club are Eddie, Richie Mackie, Jimmy Gifford, Willie Miller and Jimbo Curran.

      One of the rising stars of the Boxing Club is 12-year-old Billy “The Kid” Cosgrove who dazzled the capacity crowd in Raynham two weeks ago. Billy fought a three round bout against Zach Goding who was ten pounds heavier. Billy won a unanimous decision with array of hard body shots, superior footwork and a sharp jab. In the eight months he has been at the Club Billy has gained a tremendous amount of confidence and hopes his hard work pays off with a National Title later this year.

      Eddie talked of how the program “gets the kids off the street” and has brought them to such places as Kansas, Texas and Lake Placid. He also said that he has plans to get the boxers involved in the PAL tournaments this October and the Silver Gloves in November.

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