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BAM Niagara Welcomes Frankie Tejada


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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (B.A.M. NEWS) – Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 marks the start of the visit to BAM Niagara Boxing Club for boxer & coach, Frankie Tejada out of Boston, Massachusetts.

Frankie has many boxing accomplishments under his belt including:

  • 2012 American Olympic Qualifier (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
  • 2008 American Olympic Qualifier (Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobego)
  • 2007 AIBA World Boxing Championships – Chicago

…just to name a few accolades.

Photo right: bottom left – Frankie Tejada, bottom right – Rolande Moses; top – James Phelps

Here’s an oldie, but a goodie of Frankie training for the 2008 Olympic year with coach Phelps, as well as a

BAM Niagara Fitness Testimonial: Heather Matte


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Meet Heather Matte:

Heather Matte after 4 months @ BAM NiagaraI’m a 61 year old woman who started personal training July 11, 2013 with coach Jamie Phelps.

I have worked with various trainers off and on for over 30 years. For the past 8 years I have been completely sedentary and in the worst shape of my life.

It is now November 11, 2013 3 months later, and I haven’t looked or felt this good for over 8 years. I have lost over 45lbs. He literally has transformed my body. I’ll never be 35 again, but I wasn’t expecting to feel like it again, and thanks to Jamie I do now.

Jamie’s commitment, dedication and devotion to his clients sets him apart. His impressive athletic skill set combined with his motivational techniques qualify him to be the best trainer I have ever worked with.

There is no better return on any investment you’ll ever make that will pay the dividends that working with coach Phelps will.

Jamie, thank you….in the words of the iconic Tina Turner….

“You’re simply the best, better than all the rest!!!”

Heather Matte

B.A.M. City Walk-Abouts in Hibernation


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Snow by Bonnie Harris - BAMNiagara.caWell, it’s the beginning of our Winter season here in Niagara Falls, as evidenced by the light snowfall last night.

As fun as it was to enjoy our city walk-abouts around the quaint downtown of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada throughout our gorgeous warmer months this Summer & through the Fall, it’s time to go into hibernation for a while.

A Great Time with Mr. Gary Russell Jr.


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We would like to extend a thank you to Mr. Gary Russell Jr., and his crew for coming to visit & train with us at B.A.M. Niagara Boxing Club.

Mr. Gary Russell Jr., American professional featherweight boxer (23-0 with 13KO), came up to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada from the Washington, D.C. area to take in the sights, as well as get some good training in prior to his next bout scheduled for November, 2013.

Mr. Gary Russell Jr. to Arrive for Training Camp @ B.A.M. Niagara Boxing Club


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boxing glovesNiagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (B.A.M. News)Monday, October 7th marks the start of Mr. Gary Russell Jr.‘s training camp here @ BAM Niagara Boxing Club

The “Home of Mr. Gary Russell Jr.” is in preparation for his up coming bout in November. It’s ShowTime, HBO, PPV!

BAM Niagara Visits Washington D.C.


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Have you ever been to The Capitol, Washington D.C.?

Coach Phelps is visiting D.C., and we’re looking forward to seeing the photos and videos taken down there…

The Nation’s Capitol holds both historic sites, as well as great entertainment, sports and nightlife.

Fall Enrollment for Youth Fitness Programs at BAM Niagara


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Boxing coach, James Phelps with kids - BAMNiagara.caB.A.M. Niagara is offering a wonderful fitness & character building Fall program for young people at its’ easily accessible Niagara Falls location.

Youngsters are now getting settled in at school…A perfect time to think about providing them with the opportunity to become educated about the importance of keeping their minds and bodies fit too.

The focus being on building strength & confidence as they enjoy the experience of working toward a conditioned & powerful physique under professional guidance from a charismatic trainer.

Join B.A.M. Niagara Skype-Fit Classes


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  • Do you have every intention of wanting to start a fitness regimen?
  • Do you have very limited time in your schedule?
  • Can’t get out of the house because of family responsibilities?
  • Nervous to work out around others, for whatever reason?
  • Want to work out in your own peaceful garden?
  • Get your kids PLAYING online getting fit & having fun, instead of “playing” online…

B.A.M. Niagara‘s got you covered with Skype-Fit!

Mr. Gary Russell Jr. Handling his Business


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Mr. Gary Russell Jr. - http://facebook.com/pages/Gary-Russell-Jr/102035963184348Being a Steelers fan of the late ’70s into the ’80s, hard-nosed defense is what I like.

Being a fan of the underdog, and hard-nosed running, the Redskins’ Doug Williams and John Riggins come to mind…

Mr. Gary Russell Jr. is a classy, well-groomed Prize fighter out of the Maryland-D.C. area, and I think he resembles both of these teams with a touch of the Dallas Cowboys of the ’90s, along with the modern-day, gritty, dirty birds of Baltimore – Ray Lewis and those Championship Ravens.

Gary Russell Jr. is speed, power, a touch of pizazz, with a lot of – even though it’s not shown in public – that “dog” in him.

Read article: Critics Question Quality of Gary Russell Jr.’s Boxing Opponents

His last fight displayed his defensive genius. It reminded me of Marshall Faulk’s coming-out performance against the university of Hawaii in ’91-’92, when he scored 7 touchdowns, and all the critics said was, “But it was against Hawaii,” disregarded he came off the bench as a freshman. He is a soon-to-be Hall-of-Famer. He is a multiple Superbowl champion, I believe, and is currently a well-spoken commentator in his previous profession, which is football. (Have you heard Mr. Gary Russell Jr. speak as of late? He is very well-versed.)

What I’m saying is, men like Al Haymon and Oscar de la Hoya, and Gary Russell Sr. see the prestige of the athlete. Unlike Doug Williams, unfortunately, who won the Superbowl and was the M.V.P., the very next year, was traded.

Gary has a life after Boxing, yet still in Boxing. His skill in the ring, hasn’t been rushed because there is no need to pawn in the “cash-cow”. He doesn’t need gimmicks like Manny Pacquiao did. He doesn’t need to be loud and rambunctious like Adrien Broner because of his amateur pedigree. At the end of the day, this is business. Mr. Gary Russell Jr. makes for good business.

He has been ready for world-class, and has been fighting world-class, such as the “Gamboas,” since he was 17 and traveling the world.

Personally knowing Gary, if it were up to him, he would try and unify every belt from every weight division, from every champion because he is truly a fighter that wants to be the best. This is where great management, great team, great coaching, in a word, handling comes into effect, saving the athlete from themselves.

As Mr. Russell Sr. said,

“There is no need for him to dance around, and jump around after a knockout or a win. He is doing what he is trained to do.”

Gary is a throwback of old Motown artists, in that they would be groomed and nurtured before stardom – The Jackson 5s, Diana Ross & the Supremes. If you know Al Haymon, which most of us don’t, then you would know why, what, and where Gary Russell Jr. is about to blossom.

Intelligent men make intelligent moves. If you ever wonder how Mayweather went from being a $2 million fighter a bout, into a $50 million+ fighter a bout, look at the company that has chosen Mayweather as client and friend. Then, look at who Mr. Gary Russell Jr. has also been befriended by, as far as business movements go.

As far as the opponents go, Mr. Russell Jr. has done what others we call great fighters have done. He was a 118 lb fighter at the Olympics. He has been campaigning at 126 lbs, has looked to fight at 130 lbs, and is willing to go down to 122 lbs to challenge and make a super fight with Donaire, so the talk is.

The next few opponents, I think, for Gary Russell Jr., should go as such:

  • A durable, competitive fighter to test his hands.
  • Depending upon the recovery of his recent hand injury from fight with Vyacheslav Gusev on Mar. 2nd, a title fight.
  • A title fight, again pending recovery of his hand injury…who he fights at this point is irrelevant because everyone knows how the fight will go. You have to press Gary Russell Jr. You cannot out-speed him. Ultimately, everyone wants to see, which they haven’t seen yet, which those who really, truly know Gary Russell Jr., already know that dog, that mean-streak, that “killer”, and the person who presses him will find that out. We will all have our final answers to the Gary Russell Jr. “question”.

Boxing is about T.E.A.M., “Together Eliminating All Mistakes.”  That being said, don’t look for Gary Russell Jr. to take any losses any time soon, due to both his skill and his T.E.A.M., and his team’s skill.

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Critics Question Quality of Gary Russell Jr.’s Boxing Opponents?


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GaryRussellJrJamieWorldChampsDespite Mr. Gary Russell Jr.‘s fresh victory over Vyacheslav Gusev on Mar. 2nd, 2013, some critics question the quality of the opponents he has recently been fighting.

Gary did not make weigh-ins at the 2008 Olympics. This is a key point when looking at this topic because his father was not the main person preparing him for the Games. Since then, Gary has been with his father and has made weight for every fight.

Mr. Russell Jr.’s last 3 opponents all had winning records. What we are looking at is another Michael Jordan, Larry Bird or Magic Johnson in caliber of athlete. Guys like this did not need an opponent to make them great. They stayed self motivated. So, it didn’t matter if they were fighting the worst, or playing the worst, or the best; they always came out their best, and performed at their best. That’s what Gary Russell Jr. does.

So, we are always looking for someone to test them, so we can be sure they are as good as we see they are. Gary’s greatest asset is he loves being in the gym with his family, and his family loves being in the gym with him. That is their sanctuary…the place they receive joy! So, the question shouldn’t be, can he beat these champions that hold belts right now. The question is, “Will these champions be able to stay motivated long enough to be champions when Gary’s ready to test them?”

If you haven’t seen Mr. Russell in action, imagine Barry Sanders running the ball, Usain Bolt running the 100 meter dash, and Mike Tyson catching Trevor Berbick to become the youngest heavyweight champion of all time, accompanied by the genius of Tiger Woods’ placement in his long-game, “collaged” into one Super-Athlete…You have Mr. Gary Russell Jr..

Great performers aren’t just born, they are nurtured and cultivated. Mr. Gary Russell Sr. has done, is doing, and I believe will continue being the “agriculturalist” that will bring Gary Jr. to his full potential, and I believe that exceeds being a World Champion. The kid has the potential to be one of the best who “ever done it.” How do I know this? Because all of those ever considered, or are known to be the best who had ever done it, always had critics trying to find someone to test them. Just like Mr. Gary Russell Jr.

Therefore, take note to your Blessings and your Joy of Mr. Russell Jr., and his dad, and brothers, to be enjoyed…to be viewed for your pleasure.

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Author: James Phelps

B.A.M. Niagara Congratulates Coach Rachelle Caruso – 2013 Canadian Taekwondo Champion


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RachelleCaruso-2013CanChampsB.A.M. News:

B.A.M. Niagara Boxing Club heartily congratulates coach Rachelle Caruso for competing & winning the gold in the Heavy division at the 2013 Canadian Taekwondo Championships in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada this weekend – Jan. 9-13.

Not only did Caruso win the gold medal, but she was undefeated in all of her bouts in the tournament.

Rachelle was also Canada’s 2012 Pan-American Representative in Taekwondo.

Ms. Caruso should be a household name in our region as we embrace her accomplishments and welcome her in coaching young athletes in our community at B.A.M. Niagara Boxing Club.

L’école Secondaire Catholique Jean-Vanier in Welland, Ontario can boast having Rachelle attend their high school for her secondary school education, and Brock University should be proud to turn out Rachell as a university graduate this year.

* For more information and rankings on Rachelle Caruso, check out TaekwondoData.com. The results from this past weekend’s 2013 Canadian Championships is not yet listed in the rankings.

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