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May 2, 2014

Hit The Books hosts boxing show in Salem Saturday

SALEM — The Hit The Books Foundation will host its second annual boxing show at Salem High School Saturday night.

The show will feature three boxers from the Hit The Books Foundation, a nonprofit that combines academic and boxing training for public schools students in Salem who are at risk of dropping out. Students who take part are provided both a boxing coach and an academic coach. They practice at Salem High School and at the West End Gym in Lowell.

Charlie Espinal, Jhonny Portes and Riqui Pacheco of Salem will headline the card at Saturday’s show, which could include up to eight fights. Espinal recently participated in the Golden Gloves Championships in Lowell.

“The show is a chance for some kids to shine, and their families, too, that normally don’t get the chance,” said Sean McLaughlin, a Salem High School social studies teacher who runs Hit the Books.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the high school field house. Tickets are $10. Hip-hop group Fame or Juliet will perform at intermission.

The Salem Education Foundation provided a grant to help with the expenses of running the show, McLaughlin said. Proceeds will benefit the Hit The Books Foundation.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or

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