Peekskill Be First Boxing is hosting a grand opening celebration at their new home located at 1137 Main Street. The event begins at 1 p.m. with a prayer and a ribbon cutting followed by five hours of pugilistic excitement. The place will be filled with more knock out power than a main event at Madison Square Garden. Master of Ceremonies for the festivities will be Peekskill’s own comedic star, Jimmy Mack.
This is a rare opportunity for folks from the Peekskill area to meet and get autographs from former boxing world stars like; Mark Breland, 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist (and actor), Renaldo Snipes, who came within a hair of defeating the great Larry Holmes and winning the heavy weight championship of the world, Iran “The Blade” Barkley who twice defeated Tommy Hearns and gave Roberto Duran a run for his money, Aaron “Superman” Davis a Golden Gloves champ with 31 knockouts in his professional career, Tracy Patterson, the adopted son of World Champion Floyd Patterson and IBF Super Featherweight champ, Richard Burton a Golden Gloves winner in 1982, and Keith “The Brooklyn Assassin” Mullings a former WBC Light Middleweight Champion of the World. Louis Marciano, the younger brother of legendary boxer Rocky Marciano will also be on hand, and will be donating some pictures to the Peekskill Be First Boxing program.
Internationally known rapper Styles P, who performs
with the Hip Hop group The LOX and also with the Ruff Ryders, will make a special appearance. There will be a
demonstration by The Bartendaz a physical fitness program headed by Hassan “Giant” Yasin which is a mixture of martial arts and physical training. The Bartendaz method is being taught in over 20 New York City public schools and has proven to help students steer clear of vice and delinquency. They have also appeared on the CBS morning show The Doctors. The demonstration will
be followed by an autograph session.
Also on tap will be boxing and fitness demonstrations by Peekskill Be First’s youth and adult teams. The festivities will conclude with the playing of Taps by renowned Jazz Historian, The Fabulous Fred Smith.
For 30 years Peekskill Be First Boxing flourished under the direction of Fredrick Spry, Sr. and Walter Corney. But after
their retirement the program went dormant, until three years ago when a group of dedicated volunteers decided to resurrect the program to provide much needed positive male role models for some of Peekskill’s youth. Boxing, much like martial arts, is not all about beating your opponent, it is a sport that when taught correctly teaches
team work, discipline, sportsmanship and more.
Everyone is invited join the festivities and help support this very worthwhile program. For further event or
Peekskill Be First Boxing program information call (646)