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Area fighters highlight Nov. 29 card in Penn Hills

Michael Love
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Gateway graduate John Demus, left, and Monroeville resident Ricky Carter Jr. will step into the ring Nov. 29, 2014, when 3 Lakes Golf Club in Penn Hills hosts a night of amateur boxing.

The Western Pennsylvania Police Athletic League will host a Golden Badges amateur boxing card on Nov. 29 at 3 Lakes Golf Club in Penn Hills, and two fighters from Boyce Gym in Plum who have Monroeville ties will fight at the event.

Gateway graduate John Demus and Monroeville resident Ricky Carter Jr. will be a part of the card which is scheduled to include up to 10 additional bouts.

PAL officials still are finalizing the card, and several other area boxers from Boyce Gym could appear in the lineup.

It is the third boxing event at 3 Lakes this year.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first bell is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

“It should be a pretty good card,” said Ricky Carter Sr., a trainer at Boyce Gym and a former Golden Gloves state champion from Penn Hills.

Demus, who played football and wrestled at Gateway, is in the super heavyweight division.

He started training at Boyce Gym last November, and it will be the third fight of his career.

Demus made his debut earlier this year with the Golden Gloves, and he went 2-0.

“I feel great,” Demus said. “I am just going to leave it all out there. I have grown so much in the sport over the past year. I’m excited to go out there and show what I’m made of.”

Demus works in security, and, he said, it’s tough at times to juggle his work and training schedule. But, he said, he’s excited to be back in the ring for another fight.

Demus said he doesn’t know who he will be fighting, and, he added, it doesn’t matter that he doesn’t know.

“I will find out soon enough, and I will be ready,” he said. “I just have to trust my skills and what I know in the ring.”

Carter Jr., a former Gateway student who graduated from Kiski Area, is a welterweight at 152 pounds.

He comes into his fight 6-1 for his career and 4-1 in 2014.

Carter Jr. earned a three-round unanimous-decision victory in a fight about a month ago at the Center Avenue YMCA in the Hill District, and he also went 1-1 in two Golden Gloves bouts in March.

He also is waiting to hear who his opponent will be for Nov. 29.

“I feel strong and in great shape,” Carter Jr. said. “I’ve had a good year, and I am looking forward to this fight. It comes down to listening to my dad in training. He’s really helped me.”

3 Lakes also plans to host a Golden Gloves card in 2015.

“3 Lakes is local, and there are a lot of people in the audience who know me and the other local fighters,” Carter Jr. said. “You want to put on a good show and do your best. You don’t want to let anybody down.”

Tickets for the night of boxing Nov. 29 are available by calling 412-298-7373.�

Michael Love is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach him at 412-388-5825 or at [email protected].

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