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Team participated in the Atlantic City PAL Best of the Best show at the PAL League building in New York
By David Weinberg, Staff Writer – Press of Atlantic City
Photo – Joshua Segarra, 8, of Atlantic City, trains during the Atlantic City PAL’s Best of the Best boxing show Saturday at the Police Athletic League facility on New York Avenue. – Staff photo by Edward Lea
Twenty-eight amateur boxers from Atlantic City, Asbury Park, Camden, Delaware and Philadelphia participated in the Atlantic City PAL Best of the Best show at the Police Athletic League building on New York Avenue on Saturday.
More than 250 fans paid $20 each to watch the action while providing financial support for the A.C. PAL’s boxing program and other activities.
“We’ve had an amateur boxing program for over 30 years, but not a lot of people know about it,” said Michael Bailey, executive director of the A.C. PAL. “Not a lot of people here at the show are from Atlantic City, so we wanted to let the city know that there are some positive things going on here. It also gave some of our fighters an opportunity to gain experience and showcase their talent.”
The boxing program’s future is uncertain, however. Proposed layoffs by the city would leave Bailey, who has been working at the PAL since 1982, as the only employee for all of the PAL programs. That could force the PAL to close some of its programs at the third-floor gym, including amateur boxing and weight-training sessions.