Quietman Sports Gym, owned and operated by two-time world heavyweight boxing champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz, is hosting the 130th annual USA Boxing New England Championships next month at two Massachusetts venues.
The quarterfinals and semifinals will be held, respectively, November 7 & 14, at Chelsea High School with the championship finals scheduled for Nov. 28 at Plymouth Memorial Hall. Winners in each weight class will advance to the USA National Championships.
“This is a great opportunity for amateur boxers,” Ruiz said. “This tournament has great tradition and will feature great matches. It’s an honor and pleasure for Quietman Sports Gym to serve as host of this year’s event. We’re also proud to help raise funds for two great cause: Family Aid Boston (benefiting homeless families) and Chelsea High School High School Scholarship Fund.”
A Chelsea High School graduate, Ruiz is the only world heavyweight champion of Latino heritage.
During the past 50 years, USA Boxing New England champions have included world (pro) champions such as Brockton (MA) middleweight “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler (1973) and Providence (RI) welterweight Demetrious “Boo Boo” Andrade (2005-2006), as well as U.S. Olympians Andrade and Providence super heavyweight Jason “Big Six” Estrada (2001-2002-2003), plus Providence middleweight/heavyweight Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey(2000 & 2004), Worcester (MA) middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (2008), and Framingham (MA) welterweight Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor.
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