Penguin City and Southside Boxing Bring Fight Nights Downtown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Penguin City Brewing Co. will host three boxing matches at its downtown location in partnership with Jack Loew, owner of Southside Boxing Club.

Penguin City co-owners Aspasia Lyras-Bernacki and Richard Bernacki contacted Loew a few months ago to discuss hosting boxing events at the new brewery at 460 E. Federal St., according to a press release. The first event is scheduled for July 16 with 12 amateur bouts.

“Boxing has such a rich history in Youngstown. So many great fighters from our area,” Lyras-Bernacki said in the release. “Richard and I are big boxing fans and attend local fights in our area. We’ve always talked about bringing boxing into our brewery. It’s the perfect atmosphere for it.”

Loew, who trained former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, owns the Southside Boxing Club gym at 3311 Erie St. on the south side that is open Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Loew has been a focal point of boxing in the Mahoning Valley for more than 30 years, according to the release, hosting fights throughout the area.

“Southside Boxing Club is extremely excited about partnering up with Penguin City Beer for multiple amateur boxing shows in downtown Youngstown,” Loew said.

The second event is scheduled for Sept. 17, and a third to be scheduled around the holidays. Tickets will be for sale at the brewery and Southside Boxing, and prices will be announced in the near future. An afterparty in the Penguin City taproom will follow the fights.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.