Five North Bergen boxers set to fight at amateur show in Boonton on Friday night


Five North Bergen boxers representing the State of Fitness Boxing Club are set to fight at an amateur show in Boonton on Friday night.

From left: Trainer Eric Rosas, boxers Jair Calixto, Tommy Gutierrez, Gianmarco Marin, Emmanuel Martinez, Josh Vivar, trainer Mike Pacheco. Photo courtesy of the State of Fitness Boxing Club.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Jair Calixto, Josh Vivar, Gianmarco Marin, Emmanuel Martinez and Tommy Gutierrez are all set to box at the Boonton Elks Lodge in separate bouts. The show is presented by Aces Boxing Club.

Calixto, a 16-year-old junior at North Bergen High School, will face 17-year-old Israel Alvarado in a 125-pound matchup. Calixto sports a 2-0 record, and is coming off a thrilling win over Jay Calixto last month at another show in Boonton.

His opponent is from Steelton, PA. and has a record of 4-1.

Vivar, 15, is looking to register his first victory when he takes on 14-year-old Miguel Banegas Lopez in a 132-pound bout. Vivar, also a student at North Bergen High School and made his ring debut last year.

Marin will be fighting for the second time in a month when he faces Jacob Lafaix.

As for Martinez and Gutierrez, they will both be making their amateur debuts.

Martinez, 27, will face the more experienced Anthony Chaparro, while Gutierrez, 15, will face the 16-year-old Ahmed Ouedraogo, who is also competing in his first amateur bout.

Vivar, Marin, Martinez and Gutierrez are all trained by coach Mike Pacheco, while Calixto is trained by his uncle Eric Rosas.

State of Fitness, located at 508 73rd S. in North Bergen, opened in 2016 and is owned by Desmond Boyle, a senior firefighter at the North Hudson Regional Fire Department.

The gym has developed numerous amateur champions from tournaments such as the Golden Gloves, Diamond Gloves and Battle on the Beach.

The Elks Lodge is located at 125 Cornelia St. in Boonton. Tickets cost $40 each and are available at the door, with the first bout is set to begin at 8 p.m.

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