Pictured from left to right; Ronnie Robidoux, Standing Rock Boxing Coach Atsiaktonkie, and Robbi Cook.

Standing Rock Boxing Club Victorious

Standing Rock Boxing Club is proud to announce that two of their boxers; 16-year-old welterweight open class fighter Ronnie Robidoux and fierce light weight 17-old-year female contender Robbi Cook won their fights against their opponents at the Bully Beat Down, an amateur boxing, which was held at the Three Feathers on Saturday, January 28, 2012.

Ronnie Robidoux, 145 pounds from St Regis, Quebec won his fight against Niagara Falls opponent Jeremy Graves. Robidoux also won Best Male Fighter of the Night. Hailing from Tsi Snaihne, Akwesasne, Robbi Cook won her fight against Niagara Falls opponent Mikiah Kreps. Best Female Boxer of the Night was Erica Adjec, from Ottawa's Beaver Boxing Club. She defeated Katherine Blumfield from Vermont, who won the National Ringside Championship last year.

American Professional boxer Iran Barkley who held world titles at middleweight (1988–89), super middleweight (1992) and light heavyweight (1992) was the special guest of the night. He signed autographs, took pictures with fans, and talk to the fighters.

“The moral of all the fighters after the Bully Beat Down Event was amazing,” said Standing Rock Boxing Coach Atsiaktonkie. “All the boxers were hugging each other and getting pictures taken after the event. It truly shows what a great sport amateur boxing is!”

So what is amateur boxing and is it safe? Amateur boxing is a very positive sport, as well as a terrific way to combat juvenile delinquency. It is completely different from professional boxing in its goals, objectives, scoring and equipment. Amateur boxing can be an excellent source of conditioning for the high school athlete during the off-season. It also provides the option for a youngster who is not involved in school sports programs or does not desire to participate in team sports. Amateur boxing can also provide a young person with the opportunity to satisfy the basic human need of recognition in a positive manner. All too often this need is met through delinquent behavior. In amateur boxing, points are scored by landing clean blows, regardless of their power. A power punch that knocks an opponent down scores the same as a left jab. Consequently, a boxer’s goal should be to outbox his opponent by landing numerous clean, effective blows rather than going for a knockout that may not happen. When properly coached and supervised, amateur boxing can be an extremely fulfilling and beneficial experience for young people. It can be used as a vehicle to instruct sportsmanship, the value of conditioning and a positive re-lease of frustrations and energies, in addition to building self-confidence and character.

The safety of amateur boxing has been well documented. The 1998 National Safety Council ranked boxing 71st in sports injuries, well below mainstream sports like wrestling, football, baseball, soccer and even bowling. No other amateur sport takes more precautions, in regard to safety, than amateur boxing. Amateur boxers must receive a physical examination before and after each competition. Special protective equipment is mandatory for each competition. The primary directive of all amateur referees is the safety of the boxers. In addition, all competition gloves and headgear contain exact combinations of shock-absorbing foams to reduce the impact of a blow. Every possible precaution is taken to keep amateur boxing safe.

“All the fighters who attended the Bully Beat Down want to come back for the next event that be held in March, said Atsiaktonkie. “A percentage of all the ticket sales from the Bully Beat Down will be donated to Tsitewatenikonrakwatakon, the Native Connections Detox Center.”

Standing Rock Boxing Club is located at 50 Main Street, Massena NY. The Club is open Monday through Friday from 6-9 p.m. Call Standing Rock Boxing Club at (315) 769-2552 for more information.


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