Main Street boxers prep for big day

SALISBURY, Md. – Some of the best local boxing talent will square off in Ocean City at the Baddest Son of the Beach Boxing Tournament, on Friday October 12. Among the gyms sending boxers, is Main Street Gym out of Salisbury. And 47 ABC stopped by to see how their guys are preparing for the big night.

It’s no secret to the boxers at Main Street gym that they can fight. But come October 12th, at the Ocean City Convention Center, they want everyone to know that they can pack a punch.

Or as Coach Hal Chernoff says, “We’re going to find out who’s the baddest son of the beach.”

Bragging rights will be on the line at the Baddest of the Beach event in Ocean City. It’s a night full of fights that’s going to bring some of the best from around the region together. For Main Street Gym, they’ll be sending five fighters to go toe to toe with some of the best in the region: TJ Mottinger, Dominic Gilio-Tos, Marques Hines, Erick Acosta and Jack ‘The Ripper’ Giodano.

And if you ask Coach Hal Chernoff, they’re all going to win, “We put the time in, we don’t take shortcuts, we work hard and basically we look at our opponent and we say I don’t think you’ve been pushing as hard as we have.”

According to Chernoff though, the star Friday may be his teenage protege, Erick Acosta. Chernoff says, “He’s the one that everyone is going to want to watch for the future.”

“It’s my hometown, I can’t lose,” says Acosta. “I already know I’m going to win.”

But the one who throws the heaviest hands is definitely regional gold glove champ, TJ Mottinger. Mottinger describes himself as a scrapper.

“So if somebody hits me and I’m feeling it a little bit I hear the crowd yell. I’m going to fire a shot right back really quick. I might see three people in front of me but I’m going to try and hit the one in the middle,” says Mottinger.

Despite the big guys though, it may be the smallest of Main Street’s boxers that attracts the biggest crowd, 8 year old Jack ‘The Ripper’ Giodano.

“I don’t really get scared,” says Giodano.

“He’s got a serious demeanor and he works so hard. He’d go home and he was practicing all night. His mom said she can’t do anything with this kid. All he wants to do his box,” says Chernoff.

In all reality though, all of Main Street’s Boxers are top notch. And as their coach says, there may be no better time to come watch them fight because Ocean City for them is home turf.

“These guys are going to feel they’re in their own gym. They’re fighting out of their hometown. They’re going to want to put a little more on the line. They have more people here locally watching them. They’re going all want to make a name for themselves. Every kid in that ring wants people talking about them when the event is over,” says Chernoff.

“I’m going to be firing back. A lot of punches will be thrown. It will be explosive,” says Mottinger.

“That’s what motivates me. You gotta win for your team,” says Acosta.

“I’m more on the heavier side  and I can do all that. So it’s like wow this guy is a little heavy. He can do this. He can move like that. He’s slick like this. You’d be surprised,” says Hines.

The Baddest Son-O-The Beach Fight Fest is on Friday, October 12th at the Ocean City Convention Center. For ticket information call the Ocean City Convention Center box office at 410-289- 2800. Or visit Ticketmaster by clicking here.

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