MetroSports Magazine June 2022

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MetroSports Magazine

June 2022

2022 RingMasters Championships

at Madison Square Garden Culmination of the 2022 USA Boxing Metro Metropolitan Qualifiers


Those Who Help Make It Happen USA Boxing Metro Board

Ray Cuadrado, President Sonya Lamonakis, Vice President & Registration Chair Deni Auclair, Secretary/Treasurer Michael “Biggie” O’Connor, Chief of Officials Deyshawn Williams, Athlete Representative Elise Seignolle, Athlete Representative Ray Velez, Coaches’ Committee Mike Murphy, Coaches Committee Cassie O’Connor, Tournament Committee Vaughn Benjamin, Education and JO/Youth Committee Dr. Osric King, Medical Committee Sal Aquisto, Photography


Contents June 2022

Features 4 2022 Ring Masters Championships New York’s Premier Amateur Boxing Tournament Takes Center Stage at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater

7 In Their Own Words USA Boxing Metro Qualifier Winners and MSG Ring Masters Champions Talk About Their Experience

8 Bout by Bout Photographs Photos and Results of all MSG Ring Masters Championship Bouts

31 In Their Own Words USA Boxing Metro Qualifier Winners and MSG Ring Masters Champions Talk About Their Experience

Action Photography by Clark Thompson

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2022 MSG Ring Masters Championships New York Metro Area’s Premier Amateur Boxing Tournament Returns to Madison Square Garden After a 2 Year Absence adison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater hosted a sell-out Mcrowd on Thursday evening,June 16th 2022, for the Annual MSG Ring Masters Championships organized by U.S.A. Boxing Metro and Madison Square Garden. The evening of championship amateur boxing featured twenty-four scheduled bouts representing winning athletes who earned a place on the card through their performance in the Metropolitan Qualifier: Road to the Garden conducted over the course of the prior two months throughout the New York metropolitan region by U.S.A. Boxing Metro. The forty-eight participants were scheduled to compete in the MSG Ring Masters Championships, representing twenty-three regional boxing clubs, were narrowed down from a field of 600 athletes drawn from fifty-four clubs.

This year’s Metropolitan Qualifier: The Road to Garden, was the year’s premier amateur boxing event in the New York metropolitan region. The Metropolitan Qualifier: Road to the Garden and the culminating MSG Ring Masters Championships at Madison Square Garden provided an opportunity for both men and women, ranging in age from 8 years old through masters level. Participating athletes included boxers from all five NYC boroughs and the eight surrounding counties of Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster. For those competing in the 8 – 18 year old age group, the goal is a chance to qualify for the Junior National Olympics which will take place in Wichita, Kansas on July 9-16. For those fighting in the 19 – 40 year old group, the prize will be a shot at the National Golden Gloves Tournament scheduled for August 15-20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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The USA Boxing Metro Ring Masters Championships “Road to the Garden” kicked off on April 1 at the prestigious Westchester Country Club and culminated on June 16 at Madison Square Garden - The World’s Most Famous Arena. In between, the Road to the Garden traveled through the following arenas: Mt. Vernon’s Boxingology, Brooklyn’s Gleason’s Gym, Manhattan’s Church Street Boxing, Brooklyn’s Bay Ridge Catholic Academy, BoxingInsider’s Fight Night at Sony Hall, Manhattan’s Classic Car Club, Major Ownes Recreation Center, Poughkeepsie’s Floyd Patterson Boxing Club, the Electric Industry Center, Long Island’s Freeport Recreation Center, and the Bronx’s Johns Gym. The USA Boxing Metropolitan Association, better known as USA Boxing Metro, is one of the 56 Local Boxing Committees of USA Boxing, the national governing body (NGB) overseeing amateur boxing in the United States under the aegis of the US Olympic Committee. USA Boxing Metro is comprised of 69 boxing clubs throughout USA Boxing Metro’s region.

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One notable item about this year’s Metropolitan Qualifier is the return of the tournament’s culmi-

nating event to Madison Square Garden following the Covid-19 pandemic closure of most public event spaces in New York City. Madison Square Garden, billed as the World’s Most Famous Arena, has been home to the historic bouts of Jack Dempsey vs Bill Brennan (1920), Sugar Ray Robinson vs Henry Armstrong (1943), Joe Louis vs Rocky Marciano (1951), and, of course, Muhammed Ali vs Joe Frazier I (1971) and II (1974). On this night it was home to an aspiring group of boxing luminaries.


In Their Own Words What an Amazing Experience this has been! To not only fight under the bright lights at Madison Square Garden but to walk out Victorious! I cannot put into words how i feel. My grandfather was able to come from Puerto Rico to watch me fight at MSG, how amazing is that!? This is an experience i will never forget and i am grateful that my family was ringside cheering me on, i love y’all. I want to give a huge thank you to @ danny_dont_do_it for all the hard work he has put in. I want to thank everyone at @champsboxingclub who has been there for me in any way shape or form. I also want to thank all the females in the shadows. Some who i never met but somehow we follow each other here on IG. I want to thank all of you ladies for the love and support, the private messages the motivation and genuine love and respect you show me. Thank you to @usaboxingmetro and @slamonakisboxing for making this all possible. Thank you to all the great photographers who capture some amazing action shots. Now i told you guys i was fighting my way out the gulags and into the garden and BOOM goes the dynamite. I made it & took home the W. But it aint over yet its a TRILOGY BABY and we got 1 more to go before i can end this chapter! And guess what yall aint seen nothing yet.

Cathy Jimenez (@catmartinez)

My experience in the Ring Masters Tournament was amazing, I got to fight the number one kid in the nation with around 80+ fights and I was on my 20th but I loved the competition. This is what is keeping me out of trouble and especially fighting in front of everyone at Madison Square Garden. Even though I came in second place, I still had an excellent experience - like no other, but I will definitely be doing it next year again.

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106 Pound Elite Female Sabrina Slattery NYC Cops & Kids B.C.

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Tara Bassim Ardon Sweet Science


112 Pound Elite Male Sam Twaiti Gleason’s Athletic Club

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Ivan Lopez NYC Cops & Kids B.C.

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114 Pound Elite Female Zinnat Ferdous Bout Fight Club

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Joanna Dolecka Champs Boxing Club


125 Pound Novice Male Juan Flores Sweatbox Boxing Club

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Roberson Casseus NYC Cops & Kids B.C.

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125 Pound Elite Female Cathy Jimenez Champs Boxing Club

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Jaclyn McAllister Gleason’s Athletic Club


125 Pound Elite Male David Reyes Boxingology B.C.

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Christopher Quezada Unattached

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132 Pound Elite Female Yana Tolmacheva

Underground Boxing Gym

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Sarah Cunningham Church Street B.C.


139 Pound Elite Female Christelle Cepeda Yonkers Knockouts

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Jessica Capurso Strong Island Boxing

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139 Pound Elite Male Antonio Tantillo NYC Cops & Kids B.C.

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Rafael Castillo Champs Boxing Club


147 Pound Novice Male Estuardo Rodrigues Raul’s Boxing House

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Daniel Wilkins NYC Cops & Kids B.C.

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147 Pound Elite Male Xavante Felton Westbury Boxing Club

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Jason Castanon Sweatbox Boxing Club


154 Pound Elite Female Nicole Campbell The Last Round

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Sara Vajda Sweatbox Boxing Club

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156 Pound Novice Male Jeminie Ramirez Bout Fight Club

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Joseph Figueroa John’s Boxing Gym


156 Pound Elite Male Henry Clare NYC Cops & Kids B.C.

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Hans Perez II NYC Cops & Kids B.C.

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165 Pound Novice Male Gerald Yanez Bout Fight Club

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Joseph Kennedy Morris Park Boxing Club


165 Pound Elite Male Donte Layne

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Melvin Martinez

Rockaway Ropes Boxing Club

Champs Boxing Club

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176 Pound Novice Male Shaheed Valentine Eastern Queens B.C.

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Milton Volter Boxingology B.C.


176 Pound Elite Male Arjan Iseni Bars Boxing Club

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Tyriece Stokes APJ Boxing Club

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189 Pound Novice Male Manuel Nunez

Members Only Boxing

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Jormill Columba Rodriguez Morris Park Boxing Club


189 Pound Elite Male Matthew Pagan Morris Park Boxing Club

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Brian Glynn Unattached

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203 Pound Novice Male Cashius Brooks Suffolk County Boxing Club

Photo courtesy: Sal Acquista Professor of Boxing Photography

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Marc Levatino

NYC Cops & Kids Boxing Club


203 Pound Elite Male Abraham Muhammed Gleason’s Athletic Club

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Ross Glachman

NYC Cops & Kids Boxing Club Photos courtesy: Sal Acquista Professor of Boxing Photography

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203+ Pound Novice Male Tre’vaughn Jones Suffolk County PAL Photos courtesy: Sal Acquista Professor of Boxing Photography

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A ntoine Maggette Brotherhood Boxing Club


In Their Own Words When I first started boxing I had no idea where it would take me, what started as a hobby has led to one of the defining achievements of my life. Fighting in the Garden under the bright lights and cheered on by my loved ones was a tremendous experience. It wouldn’t have been possible without my sparring partners and coaches, Danny Nicholas and Colin Morgan, both of whom devoted countless hours to helping me grow and find the confidence to believe in myself. However further I go in the sport of boxing, fighting in the Ringmasters will forever be the event which cemented my passion for the sport and inspired me to be more ambitious than ever. Zinnat Ferdous

My coach had been trying to find me fights for months with no results so we decided to take a gamble and sign me up for the Ringmasters tournament because I was eager to fight and start gaining experience. It was indeed a challenge to enter with no fight experience and eventually find myself at the finals at MSG against a seasoned opponent with 18 fights at the elite level, who also won the National Golden Gloves. Considering I stepped in the ring with only one fight I’ll have to accept the split decision in favor of my opponent. I’ll grow from this and I take it as a blessing to have had the opportunity to box at the Garden. Tara Bassim

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In Their Own Words 6/16/22 The “Mecca of Boxing” Madison Square Garden: A Privilege and an Honor in the highest degree to fight there. Whooped @$$, checked a chin couple times, punched through guards and woobled some legs. In exactly 1 month the final 3 (or less) of this 9 round/ 3 fight Trilogy will be take place and a Champion will be crowned. @usaboxingmetro MANY thank yous for making @ring_masters_official possible and especially this event possible it was a long time coming since it was sadly called off in 2020. To all that came out in support, utmost gratitude.

Jaclyn McAllister

Behind every truly dedicated fighter you’ll find the most dedicated coaches and trainers. I’m blessed to have three guardian angels who are taking me on this epic journey. The compassionate coaching from Leo, the loyalty and love from Moises and the daily encouragement and inspiration from Henry makes me work even harder. I’m not just showing up for myself but for these boys too. They know we’re training in preparation for everything life throws at us, not just for one event

Sarah Cunningham

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2022 NYC RINGMASTERS IN THE BAG!!! BEST 156 Elite male in NYC. I want to thank @usaboxingmetro for putting on a tremendous show in @hulutheatermsg and all the officials, you guys do not go unseen. Most importantly I want to dedicate the fight to New York City Police Officer Arianna ReyesGomez who was murdered off duty due to Domestic Violence. Thank you family and friends for coming.

Henry Clare

First and foremost I want to thank Allah for this victory last night cause I wouldn’t be where I’m at without Allah. Second I want to dedicate this fight to my lil one @yazantwaiti I love you and got you forever my boy. Lastly I want to thank Allah for allowing me and my opponent to leave the ring healthy.

Sam Twaiti

Got the “W” last night #2022RingmastersChamp Thank you to my team for preparing me for this moment. A huge shoutout to everyone that came out!!! Thank you all so much for the support, Team Cepeda was DEEP #YOKOinthebuilding.

Christella Cepeda


“USA Boxing Metropolitan supports men, women, teens, and kids looking to pursue the incredible benefits of amateur boxing. Whether you’re interested in a challenging new approach to fitness or have Olympic aspirations, we facilitate programs that help you to reach your goals and unlock new levels of strength hidden within you. Our member clubs provide training ranging from elite professional boxers to those with a fighting spirit. Amateur boxing is more than a sport: It’s a path to writing your own hero story. It truly is a sport in which EVERYBODY can participate. The many physical benefits from boxing include cardiovascular health, improved strength, increased endurance, and enhanced hand-eye coordination. And that’s not all. Some of the most critical benefits go far beyond the physical. Boxing has been proven to help strengthen self-confidence, resilience, and improved stress and anxiety management. When you step into a club or the ring it doesn’t matter what you look like or where you come from, we are all there to train. Egos are checked at the door so everyone can work together to get better and reach their own potential.” USA Boxing Metro