The Kiwanis Club of Annapolis and the South Atlantic Association of USA Boxing will stage their second amateur boxing show at the Maryland National Guard Armory in Annapolis Thursday night.
The 14-bout show, which will start at the 85-pound weight class, is set to get under way at 7:30. Tickets will be sold at the gate. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids 15 and under. A special military discount will be available for those on active duty.
On Oct. 29, the Kiwanis and South Atlantic Association brought boxing to Annapolis for the first time in 35 years, and while the show itself -- coordinated by Leo Schumacher -- was a very good one, the turnout wasn't.
About 250 boxing fans showed up that night, but theKiwanis Club was so impressed with the enthusiasm of those in attendance that they decided to sponsor another show.
A much bigger crowd is expected Thursday night and the fans should get their money's worth.
"Most local gyms throughout the metro area and state like what we're doing, and I think we've lined up some pretty good fighters for the show," says Jim McNally, president of the South Atlantic Association and head boxing coach at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Several members of the All-Navy team from Norfolk, Va., are slated to duke it out Thursday, including 125-pounder Julian Wheeler, who is ranked third nationally. Wheeler will box in the open class. His opponent has yet to be named.
Joining Wheeler on the card from the All-Navy team are Rich Patterson (132 pounds), Kevin Coombs (novice light heavyweight), Caesar Purnell (178 pounds) and Stan Chambers (super heavyweight).
Patterson is scheduled to go in the 132 open division vs. TerrySmith of Loch Raven. Smith is trained by Frank Gilbert, the man who honed the career of popular local welterweight Chuck Sturm before an eye injury put it on hold.
Coombs will jump in the ring against Tim Keller of Team Boxing in Rising Sun, while Purnell is scheduled to fight Courtney Butler of Champs Athletic Club in Baltimore.
Chambers' super-heavyweight bout against Lonnie Smith of Laurel should be aclassic. Smith proved to be a crowd favorite at the last show and can be exciting to watch.
"That should be one of the best bouts of the night, if not the best," said McNally.
In addition to the All-Navy team boxers are three fighters from the Harding-Lowry Gym in Pasadena.
Charlie Holloway and Dominic Baccala train scores of boxers at Harding-Lowry and their guys are always well-schooled in the pugilistic fundamentals.
Their junior Olympic trio for this show are: Fred Miller (95 pounds), Jose Chacon (119 pounds) and Jerry Minguzzi (125 pounds). Miller will meet Tony Barr of Loch Raven while Chacon will go with Enesto Rodriguez of Hillcrest Heights Gym in the Washington area.
Minguzzi's opponent will be Hakim Akram of the Delmarva Boxing Club out of Salisbury.
Legendary Baltimore trainer and manager Mack Lewis is expected to bring three young scrappers to the show as well. Lewis, who has spent nearly 50 years teaching the art and values of boxing at his ancient gym, will coach 147-pounder Joseph Whitaker, 156-pounder Yousef Farmer and super heavyweight Dewalt Stewart on Thursday night.
Lewis is the man behind world contender Vincent Pettway of Baltimore.
McNally, his Navy assistant, Ron Stutzman, and Schumacher hope to generate enough interest from these shows to inspire some local business people into making a building available fora gym and training ground.
McNally says he constantly has to turnAnnapolis area kids away because there are no gyms. Some go up to the Harding-Lowry Gym, but for many it's too far to travel and a garageroom set-up can support a limited number of boxers.
If they can get the space, guys like McNally, Stutzman, Schumacher and USA Boxing Hall of Famer Emerson Smith of Annapolis, the former Navy coach, are ready to give their time to make sure it flies.
Stutzman, who is from the Midwest, sees a gym for boxing as a way to build good people.
"In the Midwest, we geared the gyms toward young kids and they not only learned self-esteem and the feeling of victory from boxing, but they also learned the values of education and remaining drug free,"said Stutzman.
Stutzman and McNally envision a boxing program as the link to encouraging education and programs for drug and alcohol awareness.
There is so much that could be done, and that's why it'simportant for amateur shows to be successful. A good turnout can generate enthusiasm in those who are in a position to help.
In other county sports news, Severna Park's veteran football coach and athletic director, Andy Borland, returned home over the weekend from the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis where he was treated for ablood clot on his lung.
Borland, 52, who has spent nearly 30 years at Severna Park -- 19 as head football coach -- admitted himself tothe hospital last Monday night after experiencing shortness of breath for a few days.
Borland said yesterday that he expects to returnto work today.