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Freeport PAL boxing set to expand

Titus Williams (Middle) poses with trainer Joe Higgins

Titus Williams (Middle) poses with trainer Joe Higgins (R) after a victory at the Long Island Amateur Boxing Championships and Charities tournament at Gleason's Gym. August 21, 2011. Photo Credit: Patrick McCarthy

Longtime trainer Joe Higgins, president of the Freeport PAL, says amateur boxing is on the "upswing" and is looking to expand his operation.

With 40-plus fighters taking part in his boxing program, including local amateur stars Patrick Day and recently retired Herve Duroseau, Higgins is hoping to add on to the complex at Northeast Park on Parsons Avenue in Freeport. 

“The models from the architect have already been made and the fundraising committee’s been formed,” said Higgins. “Now it’s up to the Village of Freeport, which has always supported us.”

Higgins said he has meeting scheduled with Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick.

Said Higgins: "We’re not just going to have a bigger gym, another ring and more showers and lockers. We’re going to have a technology center with volunteer educators…It’s going to branch out into something that’s more than just boxing."

Higgins' most recent pupil, Titus Williams, won the 132-pound title at the Long Island Amateur Boxing Championship and Charities tournament at Gleasons' Gym on Sunday night with a unanimous-decision win (5-0) over Dave Meloni. It was the second fight in two days for Williams. 

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