Be First Boxing to Rumble on the River

An amateur boxing event on Sept. 1 will raise funds for the non-for-profit community boxing organization.

Over the last few years a rejuvenated community organization,has brought the benefits of a strict regiment of physical activity to hundreds of Peekskill residents at a reduced cost. This Saturday, BFB is hosting a unique family event to raise funds for its continued programming. The amateur boxing event, will feature seven boxing organizations from as far as Newburgh and take place at Peekskill’s from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 1.

Be First Boxing is a 40-year-old organization created by Freddy Spry, a professional boxer, to help troubled city youth learn endurance, strength, confidence, strategic thinking, hard work and dedication from positive role models.

About four years ago Spry’s son Freddy Spry Jr. revived the organization, along with Westley Artrope and several other volunteers.

The gym currently operates out of 1137 Main Street in Peekskill, a space where regular classes are taught for people of all levels and ages and which features a regulation boxing ring. The city of Peekskill donated the building, which is planned for demolish to make way for the p, to BFB temporarily while firehouse plans are finalized. BFB hopes to find a permanent location before they need to vacate their current space.

The Rumble event will raise funds “for the continued growth and operation of the organization, including the permanent building fund, our sponsor-a-child fund, and for the purchase of much needed equipment. This event will be great fun, and your support will significantly contribute to the welfare of the young people most in need in our community,” according to a press release.

To read more on the history of BFB click .

For details on Rumble on the River, click .


Have you boxed at BFB? Tell us about your training in the comments. 



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