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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 05-08-2019

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PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | MAY 8-14, 2019 THE VALLEY 9 With new boxing gym, Tillinghast looks to be legendary NORTH PROVIDENCE – Jarrod Tillinghast knows a thing or two about finding the winning combination in the boxing ring, and the champion boxer with an entrepreneurial streak says his new Legendary Boxing and Fitness on Smith Street has the makings of being another knockout. Tillinghast has spared no detail as he's built out his new boxing busi ness. He said it will be quite a sight for passing drivers to look in through the glass windows to see an actual boxing ring in the shadow of where Rocky Marciano once fought across the street. "It's a throwback," he says of his idea to develop a boxing gym at 2051 Smith St., in a space previously occupied by a small workout gym. "It's about to be legendary." Tillinghast and Dean Antonelli are coowners of the new gym, with a grand opening planned for Saturday, May 18, starting at noon. Patriots cheerleaders will be on hand that day as part of the celebration, a free, communitywide event featuring a ceremonial ribboncutting along with giveaways, activities, demonstrations and more. Antonelli helped create, design and build the custom ring at the gym. For Tillinghast, son of convicted mobster Gerald Tillinghast, this is a comeback story of sorts after a divorce and wellpublicized arrest for violating a nocontact order involv ing his exwife. As he's done his whole life, says Tillinghast, he's throwing everything he has into this project, and with the help of so many friends along the way, he says he knows it will suc ceed. A former Providence city employ ee, these days he said he's working on a number of exciting projects. He continues to run his Brawl for it All, the everpopular boxing program allowing people to settle their griev ances once and for all in the ring, and is working on a potential TV series. A 17time Golden Glove champion, Tillinghast is part of a resurgence in interest in Centredale, where he and other developers such as Shane Piche are investing significant dol lars as they remake it into a destina tion area. Piche said it's clear that Tillinghast and others are seeing what's happening in Centredale and jumping at the chance to be part of it. An experienced coach with lots of work under his belt in health and fitness and nonprofit organizations, Tillinghast is full of ideas for the future. He said he would love to fill a vacant spot across the street with a healthy eating store called the Fit Stop. Tillinghast, of Providence, says he's carved his own path in life, turning his own family situation and troubled youth into such positive initiatives as Fighting for a Chance in South Providence, giving underprivileged youths a leg up. Many of his friends and connec tions in fighting and fitness helped him in developing Legendary Boxing, said Tillinghast. Every detail is strategic, from the micro phone that comes down from the ceiling and surroundsound public address system to the boxinginspired art work on the walls. There's a painted Rhode Island "TKO" license plate, complete with the plate fall ing off one of its screws, and a Centredale Revival logo, a nod to the group working to bring the area back. The walls also hold tributes to the many businesses and individuals who have helped make the gym a reality. In addition to boxing, Tillinghast intends to off er a variety of other classes, including children's yoga and kickboxing. He's planning a program similar to others in the area for people dealing with Parkinson's. He's started work on rehabbing the basement level, which will be used as a more traditional gym with free weights and classes in karate, Zumba and yoga. Also coming soon is a redone courtyard between the back of the gym and another building purchased by Tillinghast. That area will have punching bags for outdoor workouts. For more on Legendary Boxing, call Tillinghast at 4012636600 or visit the gym on May 18. BREEZE PHOTOS BY ETHAN SHOREY JARROD TILLINGHAST is back in the ring, this time as owner of Legendary Boxing, on Smith Street in North Providence. By ETHAN SHOREY Valley Breeze Managing Editor ethan@valleybreeze.com SHANE PICHE and JARROD TILLINGHAST in front of the Legendary Boxing logo at the front of Tillinghast's new gym. Congratulations to the following Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Members honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration RHODE ISLAND & NEW ENGLAND SMALL BUSINESS MANUFACTURER Sennen G. Conte, Allergen Friendly Foods RHODE ISLAND & NEW ENGLAND VETERAN-OWNED SMALL BUSINESS Christopher Sanford, PuroClean Disaster Restoration Services FINANCIAL SERVICES CHAMPION Pamela LaBreche, Navigant Credit Union RHODE ISLAND DISTRICT AWARD POSTHUMOUSLY Raymond Fogarty, The John H. Chafee Center for International Business Bryant University www.nrichamber.com ASPHALT & CONCRETE SERVICES RI Reg. #382815

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