PLEASANTVILLE, NJ (November 8, 2017) – Boxers from all over the region converged Saturday night at the Pleasantville Recreation Center for the city’s third annual Knockout Nite boxing event.
Over the course of nine bouts, 18 boxers between the ages of 9 and 21 competed for trophies and bragging rights. Roughly 65 members of the local community watched the smack down, which began at 2 p.m. after a noon weigh-in, according to Deborah L. Washington, Superintendent of Recreation for the City of Pleasantville.
“It’s fun to see the community support local boxers,” Washington said. “The kids put on a great show.”
Those kids came from all over the area, including as far as Harlem, New York; and Allentown Pennsylvania. Locally, Camden, Atlantic City and Vineland were each represented, as well.
Washington saw the event as an opportunity for local boxers to build up their records, perfect their game and network with other fighters in the region.
“These fights were recorded so the fighters can build their record,” Washington said. “They also got introduced to folks in their same class; they were exposed to different skills and abilities; and they got to meet new people.”
She added, “The ability to network right here in Pleasantville is just great for the fighters and the local community.”
“The community really enjoyed the night – they want to see more of it,” she said. “We’ll be back next year for Knockout Nite IV.”
(Local amateur boxers, like Pleasantville’s own Christopher Velez (left), clashed for the entertainment of the community this past Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at the Pleasantville Recreation Center.)
(Pictured is Christopher Velez, of Pleasantville, who competed in Saturday‘s Knockout Nite III at the Pleasantville Recreation Center.)