North Bergen boxers to fight in upcoming show in Boonton

Five boxers representing State of Fitness Boxing Club in North Bergen will be in action this Friday, April 29 on an amateur boxing show in Boonton.

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, made his ring debut last year and is looking to display his rapidly improving skills.

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

Both Martinez and Gutierrez will be making their amateur debuts. Martinez, 27, will face the more experienced Anthony Chaparro. 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 Street in North Bergen, opened in 2016 and is owned by Desmond Boyle, 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. First bout is set to begin at 8 p.m.

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