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MIT Boxing Club Displays Its Skills

By Michael Bradley
Team Member

The MIT Boxing Club scrimmaged against Westfield State College on Saturday in DuPont Gymnasium. This was the first time that MIT has hosted an intercollegiate boxing competition since the MIT Boxing Club was founded in 1991.

Representing MIT were heavyweight Nate Smith G, middleweights Michael Bradley G and Yevgeniy Dorfman G, lightweight Brendan Bellew G, featherweight Sridhar Kalluri G, cornerman Mac Whale G, and timer Leila Bradley of the Whitehead Institute. The MIT Club is coached by Colonel Mahadevan Kandiah, former bantamweight champion of Sri Lanka and coach of the Sri Lankan Olympic Boxing Team.

The scrimmage opened with a heavyweight match between Smith and Westfield's Brian Roust. Smith controlled the action for most of the fight. Moving with an agility which belies his enormous strength, Smith was able to hit his opponent with numerous shots to the head and body, while taking much less punishment himself.

Next, Dorfman entered the ring to take on Jim Polisino, who was raised in Brockton, the home of legendary fighters Rocky Marciano and Marvin Hagler. Polisino relied on his straight left jabs, but Dorfman was able to take advantage of his shorter stature and superior sense of timing to slip under Polisino's left time and time again to deliver hard lefts and rights to the body.

Club president Bradley moved up one weight class to square off against lightheavyweight Jed Mahoney for the final bout. Mahoney attempted to employ a combination of jabs and hooks. Bradley often broke Mahoney's momentum with counters to the face, but Mahoney's strategy was not ineffective and he was able to land a couple of hard left crosses.

Westfield was unable to field boxers in the lightweight and featherweight classes. Accordingly, the day closed with an exciting exhibition match between MIT boxers Bellew and Kalluri. The quickness of these lighter fighters was much in evidence during the match, and many a heavier man gave thanks that he was not put in the ring to stand against either of the pair.