Grassroots in the News - Nov. 16
by USA Boxing
Local top ranked Amateur Boxer prepares for Boxing Championship and the 2024 Olympics
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - If you didn’t know by now, Bowling Green is home to the number one amateur middleweight boxer in the country. Ebenezer Griffith has slowly worked his way up the ranks in the world of boxing.
“I remember the last time we talked, I was telling you guys how I wanted to be ranked number one in the nation how I wanted to put bowling green on the map as far as like a boxing town. And I really feel like you know, we’ve taken big strides in doing that.”
Sanctioned boxing returns to Havre after 2 decades
The Eagles' Club Saturday hosted the return of boxing to Havre on, the first officially sanctioned boxing event in town since 1999.
The event, the Inaugural Railtown Smackdown, was organized by the Rock Hound Boxing Team out of Havre, and the Hays Amateur Boxing Gym. It was sanctioned by USA Boxing and featured young boxers ages 8 and up from teams throughout Montana and Canada.
Five local boxers, including two high schoolers, capture USA Metro Boxing titles
Staten Island was well-represented at the USA Metro Boxing championships over the weekend, where five locals copped titles, and another finished as runner-up. All six of the fighters operated out of the Cops & Kids gyms, located at the Berry Houses and in Park Hill.
Two high schoolers claimed crowns, including New Dorp’s Anthony Laieta, who captured the 125-pound title in the Elite Male division. Laieta, who fights out of the Berry Houses gym, outlasted Edgar Dominguez in the final.
Milwaukee third grader trains for USA Boxing nationals
“Nine years old, and you have that precision in your punches and your footwork? It’s just incredible to watch,” said Lilly Rodezno, Ian’s mother and volunteer social media director. “We didn’t think it was gonna blow up this way, you know?”