It’s billed as the “Turf War” — and is fully loaded with six amateur and five professional fights. Boxing returns to the National Guard Armory on Dorchester’s Victory Rd. this Saturday. Local fighters like Billy Traft and Donnie Palmer from Dorchester, along with Chris Traietti, Ryan Kielczewski, and Timmy Kaes from Quincy are all slated to step into the ring.
Dorchester’s own Donnie Palmer will go up against the current New England Golden Gloves Champion, Worcester’s Owen Minor. The 27-year-old Palmer, who also was the New England Golden Gloves Champion in 2008, says his ultimate goal is to fight his way onto the 2012 Olympic team in London. He has been on a long journey trying to attain that dream, from boxing at Grealish’s Boxing Club, moving to Colorado Springs, to finally joining the Army and boxing for the service. The super-heavyweight stands at 6-foot-8 and 265 pounds and is determined as much as ever to earn a victory and add to his Olympic resume.
Chris Traietti is matched up against Ohio native, Randy Campbell, in a lightweight bout. Campbell’s record is 3-4, but is coming off four straight losses, three by way of technical knockout. In the opposite corner stands the 25-year-old Traeitti, who has been training with Timothy Stanton at TNT Boxing in Braintree in preparation for this fight.
“I have been training for this fight since January and training at TNT has gone great,” Traietti told the Reporter. “I have been getting lots of quality sparring.”
Traeitti stands at 5’10, 175 pounds, and has a professional record of 8-2. He is coming off a loss, but is looking to get back on track against Campbell.
“I expect Campbell to come out winging bombs to try and rattle me early and get me out of my comfort zone,” Traeitti said. “ But I intend on using the jab to keep him off and find my range, and when the opening is there go to the body and try to put a left hook right on his liver and end the night early.
Some other notable fights include undefeated super featherweight Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (9-0) of Quincy taking on veteran Robert DaLuz (13-33-3) from Providence R.I. Another Quincy standout and police officer, light heavyweight Timmy Kaes, is making his professional debut against another first-time fighter, Alex Amparo, also from Providence. Undefeated junior-middleweight prospect Derek Silveira from Byfrield, MA will take on Rameil Shelton. Amateur boxer and Boston Police Officer Billy Traft of Dorchester, is scheduled to fight David Wilson of Meriden, CT. These fights, along with many more, are sure to make for an entertaining evening.
This is the second show that Southside Promotions has put on at the Dorchester Armory. The first was a few months ago and only included amateur fights. Now, Southside Promotions along with the American Fighting Organization is presenting Turf War. Doors open at 6p.m. and the first fight is at 7pm. Tickets are $25.