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Posted April 7, 2005
Tony LaMonica Ready for the Next Level
By Joe Kelly

     He has been boxing since he was 8 years old and accumulated an amateur record of 54 and 6.  Along the way he won eight straight St. Patrick’s Day matches at the annual Southie event as a young novice. Anthony also captured the Silver Mitten’s title in Lowell and the Junior Olympics title in the 16 and under division, two of the premier tournaments in the area. In the past two years he fought as a Jr. Welterweight at 140 pounds and won both the Golden Gloves New England Championship and the North East Regional tournament in Portland Maine in his division.

     Tony has been trained his entire career by his dad Frank LaMonica, a former amateur boxer in his day. “I owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to my dad, mom Madeline, Brother Frankie and assistant trainer Jimmy “Giff” Gifford, I want to thank them all for their support” he said.  He is also the brother of Bobby and Gina LaMonica. Tony completed two and half years in the Boston Police Cadet program and is currently waiting to be called for a future class to be hired on the force. He is now 26 years old and the father of five year old namesake Anthony and currently employed by the City of Boston printing department. Jimmy Gifford has worked with many local and regional boxers and says “Tony is ready to put South Boston Boxing back on the map.” “He took some time off and came back a much better boxer, stronger, faster and smarter” exclaims Gifford.

     Tony has been training and preparing for this huge jump for the past four months at the Grealish Gym in Dorchester. Another well known Southie boxer, Matt Ryan, is a good friend of Tony’s and has been sparring and helping him prepare for his Pro debut. Matt says “He is ready; he’ll put on a great show.” Tony will be fighting as a Light Heavy Weight, 135 pounds, a division that Jimmy Gifford feels will fit his style better than his amateur weight class. “Giff” said that wherever he goes he is constantly asked by others in the boxing circles about Tony’s status, well the wait is over and Tony himself says he is “physically and mentally ready for the move."

     As Tony, Giff and I rehashed some old basketball stories the greatest way I can describe Tony is “fierce competitor”, he never quit. The seriousness of which they explained the road traveled to this point only makes me believe that this “fierce competitor” will be highly successful. Please come down to the Roxy on April 29th, doors open at 7:00pm, and support Anthony “Tony” LaMonica’s professional debut, Giff has labeled it a “Big Night”. Contact Jimmy Gifford or Frankie LaMonica for tickets to the show. More detailed information will follow as it becomes available.

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