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  |   April 17, 2012  |  Comment

A Benefit for the Police Athletic League

Saturday May 12

at the Midtown Center: Billy Costello Gymnasium

The Police Athletic League (PAL) is very pleased to present FIGHT NIGHT!  Saturday May 12, 2012. A Benefit for the Kingston PAL the event will be held at the Midtown Center inside the Billy Costello Gymnasium at 467 Broadway Kingston, NY. Doors open at 6pm and fights start at 7pm.

Sponsors for FIGHT NIGHT! include: Kingston Nissan, Local 17, Bardavon/UPAC, Party Time /Save-On, Tour de Kingston, Modells, JOE D Enterprises Inc and the City of Kingston.

Former World Champion contender Renaldo Snipes and the Women’s Three Time World Champion “Downtown” Leona Brown will be the Special Guests of Honor at FIGHT NIGHT! They will be there to greet the audience and fighters alike. Snipes (with a record of 39 (22 KOs)-8-1 is perhaps best known for his title championship bout with Larry Holmes in 1981.Snipes was a two-time Chicago Golden Gloves Champion.

Featured this year will be over a dozen young fighters from Kingston, Highland, Ulster, Albany, Utica, Fishkill, Taconic Hills, Margaretville and Hudson including:

Frank Grillo, Eric Clixto, Shane Harris, Mike Black, Ryan Maisenbacher, Ernon Gonnzalez Santos, Will Gonzales Santos, Nick Piqueras, Mike Rycraft, Manny Caprotti, Sam Caprotti, Raphael Edwards, Ismael Lebron, Paul Maley, Juanando Dawkins  and Jordan Vasquez. (fighters subject to change)

The PAL was founded by WBC Champion Billy Costello and Kingston Police Officer Aaron Fitzgerald in 2006 with a boxing gym.  A weight room was added in 2008.  Around that time Allen Nace joined Billy Costello in the boxing gym.  Together they branched out and brought the Billy Costello School of Boxing to Fitness Unlimited on Wall Street in Kingston. There they taught boxing to members of the gym.  When the gym closed in 2009 the gym members joined the PAL and started the Saturday Morning Boxing Club at the PAL.

Through the years some of the same coaches who were either former boxers or coaches returned to the PAL.  Allen Nace trained by Billy Costello, and later by Paul Telesca and Cris Mostacero boxed in the Ringside Masters World Championships in 2011 and continues as a coach. Cris Mostacero a former amateur boxer (under Billy Costello) has been coach for several years. Paul Telesca a former pro who worked with Renaldo Snipes and Carl “The Truth” Williams is also a coach in the PAL gym. Coaches in training are Scott Johnson, Jessica Coliukos and Demetrious Johnson.

Together they bring the ability to teach all levels of boxing from fitness to self defense to competitive boxing.  There is another focus at the PAL and that is to help young people connect with positive role models and mentors in the community so that individuals can see and develop a sense of hope and achievement.  These positive interactions can result in a positive lifestyle for individuals and communities.  This effort continues to be lead by Kingston Police Officer and PAL President Aaron Fitzgerald. The PAL Boxing Gym is open Monday-Friday 5pm-7pm and is FREE to all.

USA BOXING OFFICIALS for FIGHT NIGHT! include; Bob Miller, President; Daryl “Clyde” Beattie, VP and Chief of Officials; Paul Brown, Secretary / Registration; Vince Kittle, Junior Olympic Chair; Allen Nace and Gene Blair -Directors at Large; Referees – Mike Rivest, Ed Conroy, Waleed Alakiaw, Rich Murray; Judges – Paul Silverstein, Scott Schuster, Marty Steinhelber, Tom Asito, Ryan Hancock and Steve Manklis. Time Keeper – Carol Blair.

TICKETS AVAILABLE: RINGSIDE – $25, GENERAL ADMISSION – $15, STUDENTS – $10, VIP TABLES – $250 (8 SEATS), DOORS OPEN AT 6PM, FIGHTS START AT 7PM. Purchase tickets at the door the night of the fight or in advance at Kingston Nissan at 140 Rt28 Kingston or at Steve’s Cut Above at 502 Albany Ave in Kingston or the distinguished Gentlemen’s barbershop at 333 Wall St, Kingston. For more information please contact: Tom Gordon at 845-338-3100 or at [email protected].


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