Three action-packed female matches
highlighted the 16 bout inaugural Tiny Ricci Memorial Boxing
Show, held this past Saturday at the historic Columbus Theatre
in Providence, Rhode Island.
Over 800 people showed up to cheer
on the fighters, many of whom were trained by Jaime Clampitt at
the Rhode Island Boxing Gym. The event was in memory of
Clampitt's trainer Tiny Ricci, who passed away over two years
Kicking off the female portion of
the show was Melissa Langer, a full-time physician’s assistant.
Langer, originally from upstate
New York, has been training with Jaime
for a little over a year now. She came to Jaime with a record of
1-1, with both fights coming years ago.
Langer, 28, now residing in
North Kingstown, RI, battled a very tough foe in Gina D’Andria, 23, who
made the trip to Rhode Island
all the way from
Washington, D.C. The two battled fiercely for three
rounds, with Langer landing and scoring huge in the third round
to solidify the decision victory.
“Melissa did a
great job,” said
Jaime. “I thought she fought way better in the fight than she
did in the gym. And Gina was a great girl and she really came to
fight, so it made for a tremendous show for the fans. Melissa
trained really hard and really worked to get better for this
fight, and it showed in the ring.”
Rebecca Rossi, 29, a
broker and a former member of the Peace Corps., was the second
female to appear. It was her first fight, however her
inexperience did not show at all as she battled to a 3 round
decision win over fellow mortgage broker Amanda Silverman, 25,
“Becky has been working with me for
years, but she took some time off to join the Peace Corps,
where she was stationed in Guatemala,” said Clampitt. “You never
know how someone will do in their first fight, so I was worried.
But Becky came into the ring really relaxed and followed her
game plan perfectly. She fought a very good fight.”
Rounding out the female bouts
featured was a tremendous
match-up between three-time U.S.
National champion, and the current #1 fighter in the U.S., Cheryl Houlihan and National
Golden Gloves semi-finalist Karen Dulin. Despite the fact that
Dulin had just 8 fights going in, compared to over 30 of
Houlihan, it was a hotly contested bout. When Houlihan was
announced the winner, there was a large smattering of boos heard
throughout the arena.
“I thought it was a great fight,”
said Clampitt. “Both girls fought at such a high level that it
was a real treat for the fans and I think it was a great
representation for women’s boxing. Karen and I have been working
hard in the gym, and she is one of the hardest workers I have
seen. I think she surprised a lot of people with how competitive
she made the fight.”
Unfortunately for the fans and
fighters, a female matchup between Destiny Chearino, 15, and
Melanie Costa, 13, did not happen when it was discovered that
there was a one month differential in the age requirements.
“I felt terrible for both fighters,
however both myself and Melanie’s trainer calculated the age
difference a little different that USA Boxing,” said Jaime. “The
people at USA Boxing were great to deal with and this was just
something that happens all the time in the amateur ranks, there
is not much that can be done here.”
Overall, the event was a huge
success. Over 800 attended the show, and 200 had to be turned
away at the door.
“It was a great night,” said Jaime,
who used the event to raise money for her gym, the Rhode Island
Boxing Gym. “I think we can finally afford to put a shower in,
something we have wanted to do for awhile.”
As for future shows, Jaime is 100%
for continuing her amateur promotion career.
“It was a lot of work, but also a
lot of fun,” said Clampitt. “I actually think fighting is
easier, but the excitement we created for both the fans and
fighters cannot be ignored. I think we have started something
great at a great venue and we will definitely be back. We are
hoping to do 4 amateur shows at the Columbus Theatre next year.”
One of the toughest things Jaime
found was trying to match the female fighters, something that
she is hoping will get easier with time.
“I had three girls fight, but I have
two that did not get to fight in Destiny and Heather, a
featherweight,” said Jaime. “Destiny can fight 135-141 and
Heather would be around 125. If you are a trainer and you have
anyone that could match-up with these girls, or if you have guys
you need work for, please contact me as I could use the help.”