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December 20, 2012

No place to train

Boxing club loses its home, looks for new one


“We have several silver and golden glove contenders in Haverhill, and we have no place in their home town to train them,’’ Ferguson said. “We were going over to Lawrence for a while, and to Lowell, but we need a place in Haverhill to make this work.’’

As an example of the talent in Haverhill, in matches this month when the boxers had no indoor training facility, Isaiah Colon won his bout over a Fall River fighter to advance to the next round in the Silver Gloves in the 15-year-old and 152 -pound division. Jadiel Gonzalez, 13, won his fight against a Quincy fighter to advance to the next round in the Silver Gloves in the 90-pound division.

The club’s board of directors exists as an entity, but the club’s coaches, members and boxers have reorganized under the new name Haverhill Inner City Boxing as they seek a new home.

“We need a place for a gym, somewhere that we can afford. It has to be inexpensive, but we need that first,” Ferguson said. “These kids have been practicing outside at the high school, but somewhere they can call home, that’s what we need first.’’.

The club had 265 members until it had to leave the old church on High Street.

“We took the kids off the street and gave them a place to go and meet, where they could let off their energy, learn how to fit into society and how to follow rules and regulations,” Ferguson said.

Norman Fraza Jr. and his father, Norman Sr., coached at the club while it was on High Street. The younger Fraza explained what the club expected from its members.

“A kid made trouble at school, thought he was a tough guy, and we heard about it,’’ he said of a club member. “So I suspended him from the club from a month.

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