North Bergen amateur boxer scores second consecutive win

Gianmarco Marin took home the trophy in Philadelphia

Boxers from the State of Fitness Boxing Club split a pair of bouts on May 7 at an amateur event at the Kingdom Boxing Gym in Philadelphia.

Gianmarco Marin scored a decision victory over Khalil Finney in a middleweight bout, while Emmanuel Martinez dropped a decision to Eric Page in a welterweight match.

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State of Fitness Boxing Club opened at 508 73rd Street in North Bergen in 2016 and is owned by Desmond Boyle, senior firefighter at the North Hudson Regional Fire Department. Since its inception, the gym has developed numerous amateur champions from tournaments such as the Golden Gloves, Diamond Gloves, and Battle on the Beach.

Marin wins the trophy

Marin, a 20-year-old of North Bergen, registered his second win in as many weeks, outfighting Finney who is also the 20. Marin used relentless pressure and body punching to overwhelm the hometown fighter, just as he had in his second round stoppage victory over Nicholas Wilson on April 29 in Boonton.

The victory adds valuable experience to Marin, who will be competing in the 156-pound novice division of the New Jersey Golden Gloves tournament, which begins next month.

“Winning back to back fights has helped boost my confidence to an all-time high,” said Marin. “I’m excited to keep my momentum going so I can bring the Golden Gloves championship back to North Bergen.”

Martinez, a 27-year-old from Keyport, started off his bout with a bang, knocking down the much larger Page with a right hand in the first round. However, he ultimately lost in what was a close decision.

Martinez will be competing as a 147-pound sub novice boxer in this year’s Golden Gloves tournament. Both Martinez and Marin are trained by Mike Pacheco out of the State of Fitness Boxing Club.

Upcoming events

State of Fitness Boxing Club will soon be hosting a boxing demonstration with North Jersey kids at its North Bergen gym. Undefeated Newark pro boxers Emmanuel “Salserito” Rodriguez (10-0, 5KOs) and National Golden Gloves champion Anthony Johns (2-0, 2KOs), will provide hands-on instructions and tips to young boxers along with taking photos and signing autographs.

The event is open to 8 to 15-year-olds on Wednesday, May 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the State of Fitness Boxing Club at 508 73rd Street in North Bergen. The event aims to promote Rising Star Promotions’ upcoming pro boxing card on Saturday, May 14, at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark. For more information go to:

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