Hubtown Amateur Boxing Club off to strong start
TRURO – The news hit Anthony Lynds like a ton of bricks.
Michael Pinto, left, and Ryan Dillman are happy to be training at the new Hubtown Amateur Boxing Club, which opened last month in the Colchester Adult Learning Centre. The two Truro teens are off to fight for national titles next month, which wouldn’t be possible without a place to train. Matthew Veno – Truro Daily News
When the 30-year-old Valley resident, who had been involved in boxing nearly all his life, learned the Truro Amateur Boxing Club was closing last January, he and other members knew they couldn’t let the sport die in Colchester County.
So they started their own.
The Hubtown Amateur Boxing Club opened its doors Sept. 9 in the Colchester Adult Learning Centre and has 15 members already working out in the 1,500-square-foot gym Monday to Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.
“I was training at the old club and I just wanted to see boxing stay alive in Truro,” Lynds, a coach at the new club, said. “I boxed for 10 years as a kid and I took a lot from it. It kept me out of trouble and this is part of a way to give back and help some other kids stay out of trouble.”
Lynds is joined in the coaching ranks by Wyman Mingo and Peter Allen, who served as the former club’s president and has assumed the same role with the new establishment, heading a five-person board.
Once the group came to a consensus last February to try to find a place to continue, the search for a new location began. After considering several spots, Lynds and Allen were told about the Adult Learning Centre by Town of Truro staff and by April the board reached an agreement to rent the Willow Street space.
“Once we found that, things came together pretty easily then,” Lynds said.
Ryan Dillman was excited to hear that kind of news. Currently the Canadian champion at 105 pounds, the 16-year-old was desperate to find a new place to train without having to travel out of town.
“I was excited when I heard about the new club and couldn’t wait to get training again,” he said. “It was really, really important to me. Boxing is my life. I think about it all the time and train Monday to Thursday, I do my own running and workouts at home too.”
Dillman said he enjoys coming to the new space.
“I love it,” he said. “It’s a big difference from our old club because it was huge but I’m just glad we have another gym to train in.”
Although most of the fighters are first-timers who joined when the club started, several are carryovers from the former Truro Amateur Boxing Club, including
Dillman, Michael Pinto and Jacob Ferdinand. Dillman and Pinto, a 17-year-old Truro resident, are currently raising money to travel to Quebec City next month to compete at nationals.
Coaches are currently working on setting up a bout for Ferdinand, a 16-year-old Truro resident.
“Things are very busy, but they’re going well,” Lynds said of the status of the club. “We’re seen a lot more here because there’s a lot more foot traffic here.”
But there’s still much more he and the rest of the board want to do. First on the list is expanding into another room in the building so a ring can be installed. Space restrictions have meant fighters have had to make do without a ring for the time being.
“I’d like to see it grow to its potential and for all of our fighters to be successful,” Lynds said.
NOTE: Anyone wishing to help Dillman and Pinto on their tip to the national championships can contact Lynds at 899-0141 or Allen at 899-2267.
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Hubtown Amateur Boxing Club
Location: Downstairs portion of Colchester Adult Learning Centre, Willow Street
Coaches: Anthony Lynds, Peter Allen, Wyman Mingo
Training: Monday to Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Ages: Classes available from ages 6 and up