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September 20, 2018

Oswego Boxing Club’s Nitzke Wins Championship Fight


OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Boxing Club is now home of a champion.

Thomas Nitzke Jr. from OBC recently competed in the Golden Gloves Championship.

The ref raises Thomas Nitzke Jr.'s hand in victory.

The ref raises Thomas Nitzke Jr.’s hand in victory.

He won the 123-pound class.

“Tommy did a great job using his jab against a shorter opponent and capitalized with his right hand. I want to thank my friends at the Rochester Fight Factory for stepping in to work Tommy’s corner,” said Derrick Falcetti, co-owner of the Oswego Boxing Club. “To think, we have only been open a little over a year and we already have our own champion is amazing.”

Nitzke is a good kid who brings a lot to the gym, Falcetti said, adding, “He has positive energy. I don’t think I have ever seen him in a bad mood. He truly deserves this victory. We are expecting to make big moves in 2015.”

“I want to start by thanking Derrick Falcetti, Derek Brietbeck, Brad Vangorder and Bret Falcetti for turning me into a boxer and Sydney LeCeur and everyone else that I train with at OBC that push me to my limits,” Nitzke said.

Thomas Nitzke Jr. lands a right during his bout.

Thomas Nitzke Jr. lands a right during his bout.

In January, LeCeur was the club’s first competitor to fight and win. He boxed at an event held at West Area Athletic and Education Center, a gym run by Ray Rinaldi and Chris Burns in Syracuse. LeCeur fought at 165 pounds in the main event and won a unanimous decision.

Nitzke went on to thank Bernard Barco and T.J. Nolan for working his corner at the fight and “all the trainers and fighters at Rochester Fight Factory for leting us come out and spar and work with you guys. They are all good people who just love the sport. I also want to thank all who support OBC, far to many to name.”

The 26-year-old is a native of Canastota, home of the Boxing Hall of Fame, which is how he first became interested in boxing.

Currently, he isĀ  a LPN working at Seneca Hill Manor on the rehab floor and sometimes as a building supervisor.

“I first heard about OBC from a coworker who was passing out flyers at work,” he said. “My friend, Terrel Cooper, and I went down to check it out last January and have been training ever since. I plan to keep training hard improving my craft and fighting as often as I can and see what level I can get to.”

Thomas Nitzke Jr., center, holds his trophy. He is flanked by TJ Nolan (left) from Rochester Fight Factory and Conley Sergenton from Rochester Fight Factory.

Thomas Nitzke Jr., center, holds his trophy. He is flanked by TJ Nolan (left) from Rochester Fight Factory and Conley Sergenton from Rochester Fight Factory.

His favorite all-time fighter is Floyd Mayweather Jr., “who is obviously my pick for Mayweather vs Pacquiao,” he added.

Watching how hard Mayweather trains and his dedication is what inspires Nitzke to work hard at the gym.

“I am looking forward to working hard to get ready for the next fight and keep improving my craft,” he said. “My wife, Amanda Nitzke, supports me and is always there for me. She is pregnant with our first child a boy, who we are naming Elliot Thomas Nitzke. He is due to arrive July 17. Thanks again to all who support me.”

To contact OBC with sponsorship requests, or if you are interested in competing, contact Falcetti or Breitbeck at [email protected], or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/oswegoboxing or call 315-342-3300.

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