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September 26, 2013

Boxers in financial struggle

Seek money for gym of their own

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Already licensed to solicit donations, the club has raised money with events such as tag days. On Oct. 8, the 99 Restaurant at 786 River St. will run a dine-for-a-cause from 5 p.m. to closing. The event will donate 15 percent of every diner’s bill to the boxing group.

“The customers need to bring a flyer from the club with them and we attach that flyer to their bill,’’ said 99 manager, Michael Crowell. “When we total up the receipts for the night, we send the boxing club a check for 15 percent of that total.’’

The club wants to make itself a community organization that will attract members from all parts of Haverhill, “but we want to house ourselves downtown. We want to be in the city center where the local kids have easy access to the place,” Ferguson said.

The boxers continue to train five days a week in Lawrence and Haverhill.

“On some nights, we have them run track and work out outside.” Ferguson said. “We see that things will change. Some companies have already said they’d like to talk with us when we get the 501-C3 status.’’

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