Ultimate Boxing & MMA
The Logan G. Smith Foundation in a non-profit organization
which provides at-risk youth an opportunity to participate in Boxing and Mixed
Martial Arts (MMA) in a safe and positive environment. Participants are
instructed and mentored by a variety of coaches and positive role models
ranging from military officers, fire fighters, police and correctional officers
to social workers, all with the common goal of teaching success through hard
work and discipline. Instruction and safety equipment is provided AT NO
COST to the youth or their families. Any Donations are appreciated and tax deductable. The adult memberships are only $35 a month and are what fund the youth program.
Three Panama City youth boxers headed west to Houston last week. Self proclaimed underdogs, the guys had just three weeks of training at Tim Cilbrith's Ultimate MMA and Boxing Gym in Panama City. But all three overcame the odds, as Chad Mercer walked away an unopposed National Champ, and the other two, Edriech Rosa and Phoenix Sikes, finished second.
"It was a good experience," said Sikes. "It makes me want to box more, and train harder."
"It was really nerve wrecking," said Rosa. "It was crazy. It was fun, it was eye opening, I have to work harder."
Both Sikes and Rosa were just a few punches away from a National title, even though they train at a gym much smaller and less equipped then those of their opponents.
"At the tournament, everybody had coaches shirts on, brand new shoes, brand new everything," remembers Rosa. "We looked around and we looked like we were from nowhere."
"Houston is a town where it's got twenty boxing clubs, they've got inter club training and fights all the time," said coach Jeff Temperley. "We went there with next to nothing, and nearly beat them. If we had more time, better facilities, who knows what we can do."
That's what Jeff and the other coaches are trying to do- turn next to nothing into something big. The gym is non-profit, the kids don't pay a dime to train, and are fighting to improve their lives.
"There could be people walking, doing drugs and stuff, but they're not because they're here," said Sikes.
"It was neat for people to see us and recognize you don't have to be the biggest gym but you can bring out champions and future champions," said Rosa.
"We opened some eyes," said Temperley. "Everybody wondered who the hell are these guys because we didn't have T-shirts or anything else we just turned up. But we really could make a difference."
Judging by the looks of it- they're well on their way.
To contact the gym, and help by making a donation or donating your time, here is contact information:
The Brian Piccolo Story by Allison Posey (WMBB)
On Saturday night, FighterSoul Promotions threw an 11 bout Mixed Martial Arts event at the Wyndham Bay Point Resort on Panama City Beach. Several local fighters took the cage throughout the night, including Brian Piccolo, a fighter News 13 told you about last week, who is battling stage four esophageal cancer.Brian faced 22-year-old Jeff Swain in his bout, and thanks to his background in wrestling, beat Swain on the ground by TKO after 1:07. After the fight, Brian talked about how emotional the win was for him and his family."It was a great win in front of a lot of people," he said Saturday after the fight. "A lot of great friends came out to see me. It's just another stepping stone to build a name up for myself in the fight field. The message I'm sending out right here to the youngins is that they see me out there taking chemotherapy, and they see the stage four cancer, and they still see me out here competing, and not just competing, winning. This right here just shows all the hard work right here paying off."Brian was given nine months to live in February, and told News 13 that his main priority was to finish building a house for his family. He said the community support has been overwhelming."I'm very surprised about everybody that's helping me out. It won't be long before we're in that house and I'm so grateful. I just feel like I'm obligated to physically repay someone and help everybody, and I don't think I can help that many people. It's just so gratifying. I'm not a guy that tears up a whole lot, but I got a little mushy the other night just seeing all the responses. Again, I'm so grateful, and if there's anything I can ever do for anybody, I'd be the first to help you."Information on helping the Piccolo's can be found at the bottom of this article.
The Piccolo's have set up an account with Innovations Federal Credit Union. The name of the account is "Benefit Account for Brian Piccolo," and the account number is 0052247911. Innovations has several branches located throughout Bay County:910 Thomas Drive, Panama City Beach, FL 32408700 W. 23rd Street, Panama City, FL 32405625 Jenks Avenue, Panama City, FL 324012250 S. Highway 77, Lynn Haven, FL 32444864 N. Tyndall Parkway, Callaway, FL 3240417900 Panama City Beach Parkway, Panama City, Florida 32413 www.innovationsfcu.org Phone Number: 850.233.4400
6/20/13 Island 106 interview that includes WMBB 13 interview audio.
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Giving back to the community = ASAP Children Fitness Fun Day May 23, 2013
Special Thanks to Anytime Fitness, ATK MMA, and Quincy Fighting Tigers.