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Brawl at the Mall 3 Saturday at St. Lawrence Centre


MASSENA - Following the success of Brawl at the Mall 1 and 2, the Standing Rock Boxing Club is preparing to hold their largest event yet on Saturday, Brawl at the Mall 3, with approximately 20 fights featuring some of the best amateur fighters from New York, Vermont and Canada.

“This has turned into an annual event and we’re going to keep on doing it,” said Atsiaktonkie, who manages the club and serves as its head trainer. “A lot of clubs are always asking us about coming to it.”

This year’s even will feature a male card at 4 p.m. with a female card kicking off at 7 p.m.

The event, which is being billed as “The North Country vs. The Bronx,” features fighters from nearly a dozen different boxing clubs, including the Watertown Boxing Club and Black River Boxing Academy, as well as boxing clubs from Ottawa and the Bronx.

Featured fighters for the event include Rorohronhakies, a.k.a. Lolo, a 14-year-old from Massena, who already has more than three years of experience under his belt and will be competing this spring in the quarter-finals of the U.S. Junior Olympics.

“He’s fought 15-year-olds his whole career,” Atsiaktonkie said. In fact in only his second ever fight, fighting at the New York State Fair in Syracuse, Lolo knocked out a 15-year-old.

While Lolo is not undefeated, Atsiaktonkie attributes the blemishes on his record to the reputation he’s earned.

“We go to tournaments and no one his age wants to fight him,” Atsiaktonkie said, adding that Lolo has never been knocked out, with each of his losses coming via split decision.

“The only fight he legitimately lost was when he fought the New York State Champion,” he said. “The guy had 50 fights. He was 15 and Lolo was 13.”

Lolo is now a New York State Champion, winning the title in his age group each of the past two years.

Another of the afternoon’s featured fighters is Ronnie Robidoux, a 16-year-old from Cornwall, who will be fighting Murray Contura, a 26-year-old fighter from the Bronx.

Referring to Ronnie, Atsiaktonkie said, “He’s a cross between Aaron Pryor and Roberto Duran,” comparing his young fighter to the two former world champions and hall of famers.

Atsiaktonkie also looked back on Ronnie’s last fight, “We traveled six hours for a fight and he took him out in 30 seconds. He’s only 16, but he can bring it. Imagine traveling six hours for 30 seconds”

When the women hit the ring Current New York State Champion Michelle Cook will be among the featured fighters, although Atsiaktonkie said he’s not sure yet who she will be fighting.

“She won the New York State Championship in just her second fight,” he said. “She just dominated that girl.”

Ms. Cook’s younger sister Robbi Cook will also be fighting, in what will be the rubber match in a three-fight series with Mikiah Kreps, of Niagara Falls.

Ms. Kreps won the first fight, but when the pair fought again in January at Three Feather’s Casino Ms. Cook was victorious.

All in all Atsiaktonkie said he’s looking forward to a good afternoon and evening.

“We’re hoping for 20 plus fights,” he said. “We might even have six or seven women’s bouts.”

Admission to the Brawl at the Mall is only $15 for general admission seating or $20 for seats on the floor. One ticket is good for both the male and female fights.

Atsiaktonkie said he would like to invite people from all over the region to attend and support the area’s local fighters, even if they’ve never attended a boxing event before.

“It’s really exciting,” he said. “You pick a fighter and just root for them, even if you don’t know who they area. It’s like the last two minutes of a close football or basketball game, but it’s like that for the whole fight.”

Atsiaktonkie also said amateur boxing is a family friendly event, lacking the brutality that’s often associated with professional fights.

“It’s not like pro boxing,” he said. “They really protect the fighters. In fact, bowling actually has more injuries than amateur boxing.”

The sportsmanship between fighters is also a sight to see he said.

“After our last event the boxers were hugging each other and getting their pictures taken with each other. That’s what its all about.”

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