In Brockton, Saturday night’s alright for fighting

BROCKTON – The hometown of heavyweight great Rocky Marciano and middleweight champ Marvelous Marvin Hagler will host an 11-bout “tough man-style” boxing card Saturday night.

Asked why he chose Brockton for his ‘617 Boxing’ competition, promoter Thomas Baker said, “what better place to have this than The City Of Champions?”

The fight night, featuring seven Brockton fighters and 22 fighters total, will take place Saturday at the Shaw’s Center.

Baker said he’s excited because almost none of the Saturday fighters, who range from ages 21 to 50, have fought in front of an audience.

“It makes it a little bit different with lesser-skilled guys,” Baker said, explaining that they’re less polished and often more fun to watch.

His headlining fight is between two heavyweights, Brockton native Shawn Flynn, 36, and Connecticut fighter Robert Thompson.

Flynn, who trains at Bishop’s Gym in West Bridgewater, said he started boxing a few years ago “for the cardio.”

He was never planning on fighting in a ring with an audience, but when Baker asked him if he was interested, he figured, why not.

“When I was younger, I always used to get in a ton of fights,” Flynn said, “but I thought I might as well do it the right way and get in the ring.”

He’s very excited for Saturday night.

“I’ve been getting to the gym three or four times a week, and sparring twice a week,” he said. “I’m not nervous, just anxious to get in there.”

Flynn personally sold more than 150 tickets to the fight, he said.

Baker said the six other fighters from Brockton are David Allen, Thomas Collins, Dan Donahue, Alandre Martinez, Kevin Walsh, and Chris Barrow.

The night will also feature fighters from around Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

The bouts will include three one-minute rounds, Baker said, which are short so no one gets over-tired or hurt, and are more exciting because they’re over quickly.

Like Flynn, he’s excited for the fights.

“It’s an adrenaline rush for sure,” he said. “The planning is stressful, and it’s not easy, but so far it’s worth it.”

Doors open at 8 p.m., on Saturday at the Shaw’s Center. Baker has about 300 tickets left, and will be selling them at the door.

Source: Enterprise News

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