Portland Boxing Club's November 2018 Newsletter.
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Pro-Am Boxing in Skowhegan

Pro-Am Boxing is back in Skowhegan! On Saturday December 1, come watch some of Maine and New England's best professional and amateur boxers showcase their skills live! Don't miss out on this action packed, exciting event as Team Berry Boxing keeps the tradition alive! Contact Brandon Berry at for sponsorship package details.

This Pro-Am Boxing show at the Skowhegan Community Center will feature bouts with Portland Boxing Club’s pro middleweight Russell "The Haitian Sensation" Lamour, Jr., nationally rated amateur welterweight Josniel Castro, three-time National Golden Gloves champion Liz Leddy and other rising amateur stars. Additional event information is available here.
Portland Boxing Club's Liz Leddy (left, blue) at the Eastern Elite Qualifier in Chattanooga, TN on October 10, 2018. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.
Portland Boxing Club's Josniel Castro (right) at the Eastern Elite Qualifier in Chattanooga, TN on October 10, 2018. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.
Eastern Elite Qualifier Results

Portland Boxing Club’s Josniel Castro and Liz Leddy and competed at the USA Boxing 2018 Eastern Elite Qualifier in Chattanooga, TN on October 7 - 13, 2018. Josniel Castro, of Westbrook, an elite welterweight (152 lbs) but competing as a middleweight (165 lbs) in this tournament, lost a close 3-2 split decision to Ya'Vontae Christopher of Little Rock, AR. Liz Leddy, an elite lightweight (132 lbs), of Portland, lost a close 3-2 split decision to Gvantsa Pantsulaia of Brooklyn, NY.

Castro and Leddy are both scheduled to compete, along with fellow Portland Boxing Club teammates, at Pro-Am Boxing at the Skowhegan Community Center on December 1, 2018.
They Do More Than Box

Our athletes are also active outside of boxing. Portland Boxing Club's Nate Nappi recently ran the Loco Half Marathon in Newmarket, NH finishing 6th in his division and 36th overall with a time of 1:38:31. 
Kate Zehr's teammates and coaches attending her wedding to Tyler Crowell. Congratulations Kate! Photo courtesy Nate Nappi.
Hairpin Turns

“Everyone has a plan ‘til they get punched in the mouth” - Mike Tyson

Have you ever found yourself cruising along towards a place and suddenly the GPS tells you to make a hairpin turn? It doesn’t feel right and slightly off kilter and your “human compass” begins to question the wisdom of something other than your gut! It feels like you’re going backwards and definitely not towards your destination. If you’ve ever traveled on the road to Lake Tahoe you’d understand - there are sharp turns when you least expect them and the only one way to get there. It’s curve after curve that wasn’t part of the plan. Sure, you’re able to handle a gentle jog but a hairpin turn? – that requires rewiring your brain!

If you’re in the ring and someone delivers the proverbial Haymaker, there’s not much you can do outside of trying to rise before the count is up but most likely you’re rendered to listening to tweeting birds. Later, you make a pact with yourself to never go through that again and do everything in your power to avoid any hint of it. Or, you learn to look for it and duck the next time! It’s what you do with what you know that determines who you’ll become.

If you break your arm, either you recover and train to be stronger or you find a way to impart what you know to someone else to help them be better. If your new job involves moving away, you either find the things you love in your new location or you fly home every weekend (good luck with that!) The bottom line is you learn to adapt – sometimes you rearrange your priorities for a while and sometimes for the rest of your life. One of John Lennon’s famous quotes is, “Life is what happens to you while making other plans.” For a while, I thought cooking was going to be my forte because I owned restaurants. But, there were so many facets of the food industry and because I enjoyed writing and photography, I wrote food columns and photographed the dishes.It didn’t change my love of food; it just gave me a different perspective and direction.

It’s been proven that when people reflect on their life’s history, they are usually pleased at the way it turned out - including speed bumps, hairpin turns and hiccups along the way. They revealed that they appreciated their destiny more and felt it was far richer. They believed they had a better chance of achieving their dream aspirations because of the chance to value what truly mattered once they had time to assess where they truly wanted to go. Some have said they met the love of their life and people that ultimately influenced their lives when they stopped to ask for directions!

Life is a little like that sometimes - you chart your course, the sails are up and suddenly something rocks your boat. And, instead of enjoying the serenity of a smooth horizon, you’re toss all about. This isn’t the time to jump overboard and abandon the ship! This is when you buckle down, batten the hatches and prepare for a bumpy ride. The term ‘adventure’ doesn’t come into play at that moment. Hairpin turns are like that – you can’t see them coming until you’re on top of them but, oh what a ride when you look back!

Danie Connolly is a photojournalist and children's story book author and illustrator in Kennebunk, Maine. She is a long time friend of the Portland Boxing Club.
Upcoming Events

Skowhegan Pro-Am
Portland Boxing Club professional and amateur boxers will be competing at the Skowhegan Pro-Am on December 1, 2018. Bouts start at 7:00 pm at the Skowhegan Community Center in Skowhegan, ME.

Northern New England Golden Gloves
The Northern New England Golden Gloves have moved closer to Portland! Portland Boxing Club team members will be competing in the 2019 Northern New England Golden Gloves at the Tri-City Christian Academy in Somersworth, NH on January 19 and 25 with the winners advancing to the New England Golden Gloves in Lowell, MA.

New England Golden Gloves
Qualifying Portland Boxing Club team members will be competing in the 2019 New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Lowell, MA. The Novice-Class semi-finals are February 14 and the finals are February 21. The Open-Class semi-finals are February 28 and finals are March 7.

Portland Boxing Club's Russell Lamour (left) at the All-Star Boxing event at the Portland Expo on November 11, 2017. Photo courtesy Kineo Photography.
All-Star Boxing Postponed

The All-Star Boxing event scheduled for November 10, 2018 at the Portland Expo has been postponed due to injuries. Pro super welterweight Casey Kramlich was in a serious work accident on August 1, 2018. The claw of a logging truck ended up around his thigh and crushed his femur, near his patella. Pro middleweight Jason Quirk was suffered an injury to his back while at work for the Portland Fire Department. His back is being monitored by doctors to determine if surgery will be required.

Portland Boxing Club strives to put on a high-quality event with as much local talent as possible. Without both of these boxers, we did not feel that sponsors and fans would get the value they have come to expect from our events. We are working with the Portland Expo to reschedule the event and expect to be having this All-Star Boxing event in the spring. The new date will be communicated once it is finalized.
Help Support the Portland Boxing Club
Join the Red Corner Club! It is a great way to show your boxing pride and support the Portland Boxing Club. For an annual tax deductible donation of $100 or greater, you can join this exclusive club of Portland Boxing Club supporters. The Red Corner Club is open to anyone who wants to support the Portland Boxing Club, including current and past members, boxing team alumni, fans and community supporters.

Benefits include: Portland Boxing Club Shirt with the Red Corner Club member logo, Recognition in Upcoming Souvenir Programs, Recognition in Portland Boxing Club Newsletters and Recognition at Portland Boxing Club Events.

Red Corner Club Members

Thank you to the following new members of the Red Corner Club:
Cindy Brown - J's Oyster Bar
Rebecca Howes - Day One
Anthony Jessen - UBS

Thank you to the following members for renewing their Red Corner Club membership:

Ed Santoro
Patricia Russo
Nick Norton - Peterson Sullivan, LLP
Ralph Hendrix - Macpage/Wipfli
Portland Boxing Club's head coach Bob Russo wearing a Red Corner Club polo, boxer Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois wearing a 1/4 zip sweatshirt and former coach Jack Lumus wearing a t-shirt and fitted hat. These are all available at the Portland Boxing Club on-line store. All sweatshirts are on sale for 15%. Use code FALLSALE at checkout. Sale items available on-line only. Photo courtesy Lindsay (Kyajohnian) Francois.
PBC On-Line Store

Portland Boxing Club's on-line store has a wide selection of merchandise featuring the Portland Boxing Club logo. These make great gifts for the hard-to-buy-for boxer or boxing fan in your life! 

Sale Items
Get ready for the cooler weather with 15% off all sweatshirts. Use code FALLSALE at checkout. Available on-line only.

Special Limited Edition Portland Boxing Club KO Hot Sauce is on sale for $5.

New Items
White tank tops are now in stock! Other new items include draw string backpacks, black tank tops, bandanas, boxing glove necklaces, lapel pins, backpacks, winter headbands, red winter hats, mobile phone credit card wallets, larger stickers, lanyard key-chains and moisture wicking t-shirts.

Check out these and the other store items at the link below.

On-line Store
Shop on Amazon Smile to Support PBC

Support Portland Boxing Club every time you shop on Amazon! Select Portland Boxing Club as your charity then when time you shop on Amazon, go to and Portland Boxing Club will receive a portion of the purchase price.

If you haven't been into the Portland Boxing Club recently, we welcome you to rejoin! If you are an active member, refer your friends! Membership information and Saturday boot camp information is available on our website. 

Membership Information
PBC On-line Store
Thank you to our major sponsors:
AutoMile Motors - Germani Martemucci & Hill - Miss Portland Diner - Macpage/Wipfli
Nappi Distributors - Pioneer Telephone - Portland Dental Healthcare - Portland Regency Hotel
 Prime Motor Group - Rowe Westbrook - Law Office of Gary Prolman - Turf Doctor - CBS Lobster & Bait
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