203-pound Diamond Gloves champ who trains in North Bergen bumping up to super heavyweight


A 203-pound New Jersey Diamond Gloves champion who trains in North Bergen is bumping up to super heavyweight to take on a fellow Diamond Gloves titleholder.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Songalia.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Peter Roldan, 28, also know as “The Body Snatcher,” will face reigning N.J. Golden Gloves champion Ethan Fitzpatrick this Friday, December 16th, at an amateur boxing event at the Elks Lodge in Boonton.

Roldan will likely be outweighed by over 30 pounds when he faces off with the roughly 240-pound Fitzpatrick, who is also four years younger than Roldan at 24.

The fight will be the first in over seven years for Roldan, a 20-fight veteran who was unopposed in both the state and interstate Diamond Gloves tournaments this year.

Despite starting his amateur career at 165 pounds, Roldan says he is up to the challenge of facing a naturally heavier opponent.

“I am just grateful for the opportunity to get back in the ring. I have nothing but respect for this young man and his team. I’m excited to showcase my heart. I was down for a long count, but now I’m resurrected like the phoenix,” said Roldan, an Englewood resident who is trained by Ryan Songalia out of Little Mac Boxing in North Bergen.

In addition to boxing, Roldan also operates a pair of businesses, including Affirmation Jump Ropes and the herbal supplements company Natures Medicine Apothecary.

Fitzpatrick, of Wayne, also performs as a stand-up comedian and trains out of Aces Boxing Club in Boonton, making Friday a homecoming of sorts for him. He currently sports a record of 5-3.

Another boxer who trains out of Little Mac Boxing is also scheduled to compete. Piero Arteaga, 19, of Union City – by way of Peru – will make his amateur debut against Spencer Myles (0-1) of Butler.

The show will be promoted by Aces Boxing Club and is expected to feature over 20 bouts in the final amateur boxing event in the state this year.

Tickets are priced at $40 at the door, or $25 if purchased by Wednesday at Aces Boxing Club. Showtime is scheduled for 7 p.m. The Elks Lodge is located at 123 Cornelia Street in Boonton.

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