Boxing showtime in Ansonia Saturday
ANSONIA-Maybe, just maybe there will be a Magic Man in the making.
After all Marlin “Magic Man” Starling, who grew up in Hartford and went on to become the two-time welterweight champion of the world in 1987 and 1989, started boxing as a youth. Starling, who could often been running on the streets of Hartford as part of his training, retired with a 45-6-1 record. He compiled 27 knock out victories before calling it a career in 1990.
Beginning 6 p.m. Saturday the Pinky Silverberg Boxing Club will conduct their third annual tournament at the Ansonia Armory on 5 State Street. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at City Hall through Friday. At the door they rise to $15.
Cassetti said proceeds will be used for the club which will resume next September.
Mayor David Cassetti, a former New England amateur middleweight champion, started the club in 2016 for Ansonia kids. He now takes in any Valley boy or girl between six and 14 years old.
“The tournament marks the end of the program which started in September,” Cassetti said. “I had about 75 kids enrolled this year.”
He said there will be about 20 one-minute two round bouts involving his students. That will be followed by eight sanctioned New England Amateur fights. Those featuring teenagers will start around 7:30 p.m.
“I went into business for myself and took what I learned from boxing — character, discipline, being able to take a punch — and used it to build my (construction) business,” Cassetti told Hearst Connecticut Media as his decision to start the club in 2016.
The club was named after Pinky Silverberg, an Ansonia resident, who won the World Flyweight title in 1927.