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Charlie Schumacher spars with Matt Maciag (Right)
at the A.B.A.A. Boxing gym located next door to New Body Health & Fitness.

(Photo by Julie Munger)

The American Boxing & Athletic Assoc
Present Golden Gloves Style Boxing

Featuring 2007 Eastern Michigan Golden Gloves Champion Matt Maciag

January 31, 2008       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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The American Boxing & Athletic Association (A.B.A.A.) Presents the 12th Annual Invitational Boxing. Saturday, February 9, 2008.

The boxing bouts take place at the Michigan National Guard Armory, located at 2510 E. Wilder Rd., Bay City. First bout beginning at 7:30 p.m.

There will be approximately 15 bouts on the fight card, featuring, Matt Maciag, Bay City's Heavyweight Eastern Michigan Champion. Maciag's bout will be the Main Event against Michael Cribbs of Port Huron.

Bob Arsenault, is the A.B.A.A. Manager and Coach. Arsenault is a Registered & Certified Level 2 Coach with USA Boxing and has been a member since 1971. Arsenault also trained former Super Middle Weight Champion, Murray Sutherland in 1984.

According to Arsenault there will be fighters from all around Michigan in the Junior, Novice and Open classes.

Arsenault volunteers and dedicates his time to these young boxers, building their self confidence and helps them develop good character and the right attitude, which keeps them off the streets and out of trouble.

(Above Left) Matt Maciag gets ready to spar, assisting is Coach Josh Arsenault, son of Head Coach Robert Arsenault. (Above Right) Arsenault hydrates Jasper Marshall after his sparring with Sergio Jaimes. (Photos by Julie Munger)

Arsenault said, "Bay City Boxers provide fast-packed, Golden Gloves Style boxing action." If you haven't seen one of our events, come and check us out. "Everything is safely run. All the fighters have physicals before and after the bouts," Arsenault said.

Arsenault continued, "We are showcasing our fighters for the upcoming Golden Gloves Event in March at the Expo Center in Birch Run." "We travel all over the state, next in Pontiac, then here in Bay City, Davidson, Detroit, then the State Championship and on to Nationals." Arsenault added.

A.B.A.A. Boxing Team Roster as follows:

  • Matt Maciag, 23 - Bay City - Open Class
  • Merrill Martinez, 20 - Bay City - N
  • Sergio Jaimes, 16, Bay City - N
  • Brad Wren, 22 -West Branch - N
  • Adam Frey, 21, Bay City - N
  • Devin Tomkins, 11 Bay City - JR
  • Charles Schumacher, 21 - Bay City - N
  • Curtis Hill, 21 - Bay City - N
  • T.C. Card, 15 - Auburn - JR
  • Frankie Reyer, 24 - Bay City - N
  • Jesse Verala, 13 - Bay City - JR
  • Dean Oswald, 18 - Essexville - N
  • Mike Biskner, 15 - Bay City - JR
  • Zack Leake, 20 - Bay City - N

  • Merrill Martinez, a Sebewaing native, who currently resides in Bay City, is a crowd favorite, you don't want to miss his bout! (Photo by Julie Munger)

    Tickets are $15.00 at the door or advance tickets for $12.00 can be purchased at the following locations:

  • HOOTERS - 966 E. Midland St., Bay City
  • NEW BODY HEALTH & FITNESS - 107 N. Henry St., Bay City
  • BIG HOUSE SPORTS BAR - 512 E. Midland St., Bay City
  • MAGIC CARPET - 1112 Garfield Ave., Bay City
  • SHIRTS, MUGS & MORE - 2911 W. Center Ave., Essexville

  • Sanctioned by the Michigan Association of USA Boxing, Inc.

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