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January 31, 2014
Major Expansion at Peter Welch’s Gym
By Rick Winterson

And of course, Tony De Marco, one of Boston’s “Best Ever” boxers, was there.

Hundreds – yes, hundreds – came to Peter Welch’s Gym last Thursday evening, January 23.  It was a truly memorable event.  Peter has more than doubled his gym space, and he threw a huge party to celebrate.  The new expansion is right across the yard from Peter’s present location at 371 Dorchester Avenue, which is already a thriving center of the boxing scene, both in South Boston and citywide.
The expansion contains the usual gym equipment and workout areas, along with two boxing rings.  Perhaps the most striking feature in the new addition is the superbly executed murals of boxers and boxing.  It’s worth taking time to look at each and every figure in these, because they aren’t just eye-catching – they’re works of art.  And each person depicted in these murals is or once was a key figure in boxing.  When you visit Peter Welch’s Gym, see how many you can identify.
The sumptuous buffet included seafood towers with shrimp and oysters.  Smoked salmon adorned several platters.  And other hors d’oeuvres were freshly prepared and swiftly passed around by the tray-carrying waitstaff.  Guests came from all over Boston, especially from the other gyms where boxing is featured.   It was a really enjoyable “Southie Time”; it won’t be forgotten.
The high point of the evening was the first showing of a video created for the opening, and featuring two young middleweights – Matt Phinney and Tony McKenna, who fought in the ring in Peter’s current main Gym.  Their bout consisted of three two-minute rounds; Matt took the decision.  More about this later.
One of the reasons Peter expanded his Gym is to offer a place to train year-around for boxing nights, such as the Annual St. Patrick’s Day matches.  If you missed Online’s announcement in our January 16 issue (page four), you can sign up for these matches, which will be held on March 7, by calling 617-269-4641 or logging on to peterwelchsgym.com.  Open to all from age 5 on up, and it’s free.  Just bring your shorts and sneakers; the Gym will provide the rest of your equipment.
Peter has another reason for expanding his Gym.  He wants to reach out to boxers all over Boston, so that his Gym becomes a citywide boxing location – a year-around training center for boxers.  This will (especially) include youth who have to make a choice between a life on the streets or time in the Gym, getting into condition, learning self-defense, and then, taking on exhibition matches.
And who knows?  The video of Matt Phinney and Tony McKenna, both of them told their own back stories before their match.  Perhaps this will be followed by other boxing episodes that’ll go viral on the Internet or even become a potential pilot show.  Stay tuned.
To quote Peter, when asked about his plans for Peter Welch’s Gym, “This is my passion.”

Paul, T.C., and Jamie are hugely enjoying the opening of the Gym’s expansion.

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