Amateur Boxers Gear Up For Warriors In The Ring - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Amateur Boxers Gear Up For Warriors In The Ring

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SALISBURY, Md. - Many here on Delmarva love a good, clean fight in the ring.

"I want to be a professional fighter," said Eric Acosta.

Acosta is not like most third graders. He spends five days a week in the ring, and has been boxing for over four years.

"I like Manny Pacquiao. We always seen his fights and I was just interested in going into boxing and I found Main Street gym," said Acosta.

On Saturday, he'll celebrate his 9th birthday. However, he hopes to be celebrating his 4th win exactly one week later, when he along with several other amateur boxers take center stage for Main Street Gym's big event, "Warriors Of The Ring."

"You gotta train hard and you gotta take the pain while you're training, so you don't take the pain in the ring," said boxer, Shawn Woodford.

With two losses and one recent win, the 19-year-old is jabbing his way to another victory.

"It was just getting back into the sport and getting the feel of being in the ring," said Woodford.

He is one of many kids that owner, Hal Chernoff says left their troubling past to put on a pair of gloves and drive their way to a brighter future.

"Boxing seems to work because it's an aggressive sport. Typically when you get in the ring and you let your hands go until you can't throw them anymore, and you're so tired, it empties the tank and those kids go to school and teachers typically see big changes," said Chernoff.

Doors open at 6:30 next Saturday January 19th in Salisbury. There will be music, food and spirits. Tickets are $15 with a student I.D. and $20 for adults. For more information, contact Hal Chernoff at 410-430-6687.

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