Bayonne Division of Recreation to begin youth boxing

The program is open to children 11 to 17, residents only

Recreation Youth Boxing is coming to Bayonne, according to Mayor James Davis and the Division of Recreation.

The program will be open to Bayonne Residents only, children ages 11 to 17. The program will begin in June. Registration information will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

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Recreation Youth Boxing will take place at the Recreation Community Center. The facility has a state-of-the-art boxing ring, equipment and more, according to the Division of Recreation.

There will be an open house and meet and greet, on Monday, April 4, at 6 p.m. at the Recreation Community Center at 597 Broadway. For more information, contact Amadeo at 201-858-6129 or email

“We are excited for the new opportunity presented to the youth in Bayonne,” said Supervisor of Recreation Pete Amadeo.

Rooney to lead program

The program will be under the direction of Bobby Rooney, who started boxing at the Bayonne Police Athletic League (PAL) when he was 10 years-old under the guidance of his father, Bobby Rooney, Sr. In 1987 he won the State Junior Olympic title at 118 pounds and finished with an amateur record of 21-5.

The program will be led by Bobby Rooney, Jr.

Rooney was a professional fighter and went pro in 2003, winning the WBF Continental Light Heavyweight Title in 2009, and finishing with a win-loss record of 12-3. Seven of his 12 victories were knock-outs, 4 of the victories against previously undefeated boxers.

Rooney had overseen the PAL’s Boxing Club for almost a decade, prior to taking over the Bayonne PAL program from his father in 2008.

“Bobby Rooney will instill what it takes to be a great boxer, in the ring and out of the ring,” Amadeo said. “We cannot be more thrilled to have Bobby lead the program and lead Bayonne.”

Mayor James Davis added: “A couple of years ago, I learned that the Bayonne PAL would no longer support the boxing program that had been in Bayonne for many years. Upon hearing this, I took steps to revive the boxing program and bring it into the City of Bayonne Recreation Division. I felt this program, which has a rich and storied history in Bayonne, would thrive under the leadership of Pete Amadeo and Bayonne boxing legend Bobby Rooney Jr. Unfortunately, COVID caused delays, but we were able to build a beautiful boxing gym at our Community Center at 597 Broadway and our Bayonne Youth Boxing Program is about to get underway!”

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