PLEASANTVILLE — Boxers from around the region converged Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Pleasantville Recreation Center for the city’s third annual Knockout Nite boxing event.

Eighteen boxers between the ages of 9 and 21 competed for trophies over the course of nine bouts. About 65 spectators watched the fights, which began at 2 p.m. after a noon weigh-in, according to Deborah L. Washington, superintendent of recreation.

“It’s fun to see the community support local boxers,” Washington said. “The kids put on a great show.”

Boxers came from as far as Harlem, New York, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. Camden, Atlantic City and Vineland were also represented.

Washington saw the event as an opportunity for local boxers to perfect their game and network with other fighters.

“These fights were recorded, so the fighters can build their record. They also got introduced to folks in their same class, they were exposed to different skills and abilities, and they got to meet new people,” she said.

“The community really enjoyed the night – they want to see more of it,” Washington added. “We’ll be back next year for Knockout Nite IV.”

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