I recently visited the Guts & Glory Gym & Fitness in West Berlin, NJ, run by Adrienne Soto and Chino Rivas, co-managers of boxers Jason Sosa and Anthony Burgin. They are both promoted by Peltz Boxing out of Philadelphia, PA.
The gym was very impressive with 17 flags from around the world and enough equipment for many boxers. On Saturday, September 21st there will be an Open House from 3 to 6pm with exhibitions by some of the fighters and with food for visitors. The location is 420 Commerce Lane, West Berlin, NJ, off Rt 73 down from “Sahara Sam’s” water world slide. This is an industrial complex and the gym front is Suite 11 with the gym in the rear.
Sosa is a super featherweight (130) with a 9-1-3 (5) record and from Camden, NJ, having a 6-0-2 record in his last fights since his only defeat. Rivas is his trainer. Sosa is scheduled to fight September 26th at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA, on a Peltz Boxing show taking on Tyrone Luckey, 5-3 (5), of Middletown, NJ. He turned professional November of 2009 and last fought June 1st in Atlantic City. Since his 3rd fight he hasn’t fought anyone with a losing record. That is when Rivas became his trainer. “He is smart, picks up fast and has only had 3 amateur fights behind him,” said Rivas.
Burgin at 5:09 is a tall featherweight (126) with a 5-0 (1) record and from Philadelphia.
He was 86-3 in the amateurs with numerous titles. He is also trained by Rivas. He turned professional in October of 2012 and has 2 fights in Philadelphia and 3 in Atlantic City where his last fight was August 24th. “Growth increased. Best I have seen him since he started (with Rivas),” Peltz.
Nathaniel Rivas, 1-0 (0), from Berlin, NJ, won his debut in Atlantic City August 24th and is the son of Chino who also trains his son. He is in the light welterweight division.
Former top amateur and professional (15-1-1) Philadelphia’s Rashiem Jefferson serves as assistant trainer and Reginald Lloyd handles the mitt’s for all the boxers.
Others in the gym are Philadelphia’s Tevin “American Idol” Farmer, 12-4-1 (2), who has won 8 of his last 9 fights including 3 minor titles with 2 at lightweight (135) and 1 at super lightweight (140). He has since dropped down to super featherweight (130) under Rivas. He is trained by Rivas and managed by Marc Cipparone and sponsored by Rocco’s Collision in Blackwood, NJ. “Beatiful, smart and with a limited amateur background (18 fights),” said Rivas.
The newest member is Philadelphia bantamweight (118) Miguel Cartagena, 8-0 (3), whose last win was August 23rd at the Valley Forge Casino. He had an outstanding amateur career with the Philly Rumblers.
Younger boxers are Donovan Soto, son of Adrienne, who is 14 and training for 2 years.
Christian Aviles also 14 who started in February. Also Christopher Diaz.
“I’m going to dedicate this gym to my late cousin Oscar Suarez,” said Rivas. Suarez passed at age 47 from Cancer in September of 2008. He worked with champions like Acelino “Popo” Freitas, Jhonny Gonzalez, Prince Naseem, and contenders Jerson Ravelo, Dmitriy “Star of David” Salita and Patrick Lopezamong others. He was well respected as one of the world’s top trainers and also respected as a person.