This Saturday night, Anthony Burgin will be looking to give himself a belated birthday present. Burgin, who turned eighteen yesterday will be competing in the finals of the Eastern regional’s of the 2010 Golden Gloves that will be held at The Legendary Blue Horizon.
Burgin came to the Joe Hand Gym six months ago with his trainer Orlando Perez. Burgin started boxing at age fourteen when his step mother encouraged him to take up the sport.
Burgin was a quick study as he was recognized as one of the top amateurs in the talent rich city. He has amassed an impressive record of 24-3 and was a 2008 National Jr. Olympic champion at 106 lbs. Later in the year he claimed a Mid-Atlantic championship. In 2009 he made it to the semi-finals of the National Golden Gloves at 119 lbs.
Burgin, from the Kensington section of Philadelphia attends Philadelphia Military Academy where he has learned discipline that he has instilled in his boxing career.
Burgin has aspirations of becoming a professional boxer and lists Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Bernard Hopkins as his favorite fighters. While at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym, Burgin trains with his younger brothers Nicholas and Nathan.
There also will be a special celebrity boxing exhibition that will feature Mike Fera, who is the president of Local 592 and head of the Cement Masons taking on Liam Mulvy, who is a currant boxing documentary producer as well as a former amateur boxing champion in the United Kingdom.
The competition is sponsored by Joe Hand Promotions with all proceeds going to the Joe Hand Boxing Gym and Computer Lab. This is the fifteenth year that Joe Hand Promotions has been involved with this great event.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by calling Joe Hand Promotions at 1-215-364-9000. The doors open at 6pm with the first fight beginning promptly at 6:30
The Legendary Blue Horizon is located at 1314 North Broad Street.