HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s been a long time coming..bringing boxing back to Holyoke!
“He’s smiling down on us looking at this new rink and other rest of the facilities here because they haven’t had one for many years,” Nick Cosmos Jr. said.
He is talking about his dad, a 50-year Holyoke Boys Club executive director, who was also involved with the Golden Gloves for years.
Thank you to Calet, Kina, and Malik for showing off your skills and the new @holyokeboysclub boxing program area!! #Holyoke #Boxing #Youth pic.twitter.com/nNpxQbAcr7— Monica Ricci (@MonicaWWLP) February 1, 2019
The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke unveiled the brand new boxing program space Thursday after years of planning and months of building.
For years, the club was considered the boxing capital of Massachusetts. Cosmos told 22News it means a lot to see this space come to life.
The City of Holyoke has been paid a visit by some pretty big-name boxers over the years, including Rocky Marciano and Mike Tyson. Now boxers like the current Silver Gloves national title holder, have a local place to train and follow in their footsteps.
The space has a regulation 20-foot boxing ring, punching bags and workout stations.
Club President and CEO Eileen Kavanaugh told 22News, the facility will reintroduce the sport as a non-contact youth development program after school and during summer camp.
“We know our kids are going to get a lot of use out of this space. It’s going to be a wonderful enrichment activity an additional opportunity for kids to learn about character development, team building and healthy lifestyle living.”
Members of the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, Holyoke police, and alumni from the club will all serve as coaches at the facility.
13-year-old Calet Sanchez showed off some of his skills today at the #Holyoke Boys & Girls Club NEW #boxing space!! Very exciting for these kids pic.twitter.com/iRiGK3OZyd— Monica Ricci (@MonicaWWLP) January 31, 2019