They're calling it a big night for boxing in the City of Newburgh. Saturday night is "fight night" at the Armory. As our Christian Farrell reports, officials with the Newburgh Boxing Club are counting on the event being a knockout.
NEWBURGH, N.Y. - There are no streets in the Hudson Valley meaner than those in the City of Newburgh. Crime and violence have defeated many young lives over the years.
In the city of Newburgh, the sport of boxing has kept scores of kids from truly being knocked out.
Just ask Ray Rivera, head trainer at the Newburgh Boxing Club. "You got to give them something to keep them off the streets. And I think boxing is the way to do it," said Rivera.
The Newburgh Boxing Club itself is only recently getting off the canvas in this tough city. Originally opened by Rivera in 2000, it closed once for financial reasons only to reopen on Broadway about a year ago. The not-for-profit club now has nearly 150 members including Rivera's son 14 year old son, Ryan.
"I train five days a week, two or three hours a day. I try to keep out of the streets, keep to myself," said the younger Rivera.
Seven members of the Newburgh Boxing Club will put their skills on display at the Newburgh Armory Saturday night. It's a USA Boxing sanctioned event that's not only a big night for the fighters, but it's also a big night for the club.
"Actually, if this show don't work it could be the closing of the Newburgh Boxing Club again," said Ray Rivera.
According to Rivera the future of the club is dependent on finding sponsors to help finance matches like "Fight Night," in addition to the clubs $50 monthly fee, which some fighters can't afford.
"The community got my back. They support us. I hope they come out tomorrow night, and check it out. It's going to be a great night of boxing. It's going to showcase all the young talent we have in Newburgh," said Ray Rivera.
At the Newburgh Boxing Club there is young talent that has a much better chance of succeeding in the ring than out on the street.