Saturday, September 21, 2019

Boxing Club Mural Complete

From left: Rich Stoltenborg, Stephanie Simon, Robert Eder and Jimmy Downey stand in front of the completed mural at the Marco Island Boxing Club.

From left: Rich Stoltenborg, Stephanie Simon, Robert Eder and Jimmy Downey stand in front of the completed mural at the Marco Island Boxing Club.

By Samantha Husted

sam@coastalbreezenews.com

After many long hours and a whole lot of paint, the mural at the Marco Island Boxing Club has finally been completed. Rich Stoltenborg, president and coach of the Marco Island Boxing Club, opened the gym back in June. After months of renovations, it seems the mural is the final touch.

The creation of the mural is thanks to Marco Island Academy art teacher Robert Eder and his student, junior Stephanie Simon. Together, through a series of hour-long

Rich Stoltenborg (right) and Jimmy Downey reenacting a fight. Photos By Val Simon

Rich Stoltenborg (right) and Jimmy Downey reenacting a fight. Photos By Val Simon

sessions, they designed, painted and perfected the mural.

The mural features the late boxing legend Arturo Gatti who passed away in 2009. Rich Stoltenborg, a long time fan of Gatti’s, chose to memorialize the boxer whom he greatly admired. The other half is dedicated to Marco Island resident Jimmy Downey, a longtime friend of Stoltenborg’s. Downey played an integral role in the completion of the gym and helped with a lot of the heavy lifting.

For more information check out: www.marcoislandboxingclub.com or call 201-694-2182.

 

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