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Bay City ABAA Boxing Team 2009
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Amateur Boxing Returns to The Prime Event Center
Downtown Bay City

Featuring Golden Gloves National AND State Champions

January 26, 2009       Leave a Comment
By: Julie McCallum, Entertainment Editor

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ABAA (American Boxing & Athletic Association) Amateur Boxing returns to the Prime Event Center for its 13th annual boxing show. Action begins at 8:00 PM on Saturday, January 31, 2009.

According to ABAA Head Coach Robert Arsenault, approximately 15 'golden gloves style boxing' bouts will be featured on the fight card.

The Greater Bay Area Boxing Center fight card will feature good clean boxing with fighters ranging in age from 12 years and up. Female bouts will also be held. All bouts are sanctioned by Michigan Association of USA Boxing Inc.

Participating boxers are preparing for the upcoming Golden Gloves and Jr. Olympics scheduled to be held in March at the Birch Run Expo Center. According to Arsenault, boxers have this event and three more boxing events before the Golden Gloves. "These shows prepare the kids for the competition, maybe even shake some of the butterflies," Arsenault said.

According to Arsenault, to climb through the ring ropes in front of hundreds of fight fans requires more than just physical conditioning. It also takes courage and self confidence gained through a rigid training program.

Arsenault said, "Our last show had a great turn-out at the Prime" "It's like being in a Roman Colosseum." Arsenault laughed. "And there is not A Bad Seat In The House", Arsenault added. (MyBayCity file photo November 2008)

(L) Merrill Martinez, Golden Gloves State Champ, and (R) Ernie Garza, Golden Gloves National Champ spar recently at the ABAA Boxing gym.

The Boxing event will include Boxing teams from all over the state including, Sault St. Marie, Ontario, Muskegon - Recreation, MLK & MGGA - Grand Rapids, Trigger - Travers City, Big Dog - Port Huron, Lapeer, Davison, Pontiac - Unity, Lansing - Crown, and Detroit. Also, fighters from Joe Byrd Boxing Academy of Flint and from the Bay City Bombers will be participating.

A few highlighted bouts of the night:

ABAA'S Merrill Martinez, Michigan Golden Gloves State Champion VS. Vincent Jennings - MLK, Grand Rapids.

Co-Feature Main Event:

Heavy weight (201) Jordan Shimmel VS. Jarviz Edwards, Sandlake MLK.

  • ABAA's Matt Wendling VS. Tom Lewis, Muskegon Rec.
  • ABAA's Fabian Ramierez VS. Mitchell Sullivan, Traverse City
  • ABAA's Devin Tomkins VS. Nice Loznak, Port Huron
  • ABAA's Pat Sijan VS. Anthony Sheets, (Joe Byrd Boxing Academy, Flint)
  • ABAA's Ernie Garza VS. Raeese Aleem, Muskegon
  • ABAA's Jessie Verala VS. Jose Rodriguez, Lapeer
  • ABAA's Dakota Lowe VS. Abel Garcia
  • ABAA's Nolan Linebaugh VS. Hunter Ellison, Port Huron

  • And Many More Including: Michigan's Golden Gloves National Champion Ernie Garcia. (Pictured Below Center) (MyBayCity file photo November 2008)

    (Right) Crystal Garza, 14 (sister of Ernie) will be fighting Maycee Frey. Crystal Garza's current record is 7-1.

    (All bouts subject to change)

    Donation: $15.00 General Admission - $12.00 Advance Tickets

    Tickets can be purchased at the following establishments:

  • New Body Health & Fitness - 107 N. Henry St. Bay City
  • Shirts, Mugs & More - 2728 Center Ave. Essexville
  • Hooters - 966 E. Midland St. Bay City
  • Magic Carpet - 1112 Garfield Ave. Bay City

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