“I remember he was tall and big for that weight class,” said Blodgett. “He was a typical stand-up straight European-style boxer, while I was a bob-and-weave pressure fighter. I was always a body puncher and I hurt him in the first round. He got a standing eight count, but was able to continue.
“I had to set a fast pace and work to get inside, but at the beginning of the second round he cut me on the bridge of my nose as I was coming in. They stopped the fight at the end of that round due to the cut, and he got a technical decision.”
In a professional bout the cut man would have been able to stop the bleeding, allowing the fight to continue, but that doesn’t happen in amateur bouts. Blodgett had an outstanding eight-year career, going to the Golden Glove finals twice as well as the Rocky Marciano and New England championships.
“Unfortunately, the sport is losing some of its popularity in America because the road to success is a lot longer than in other sports,” said Blodgett, who is 33-years old. “Boxing’s a great sport, but it requires a lot of self discipline and training.”
Jon Crimble is doing it all for the Salem High track team. The junior was undefeated in the first four meets of the season, winning four events in each. He was unbeatable in the 400, long jump, and triple jump in a meet loss to Peabody earlier this week.
A versatile athlete, he is outstanding in several events including long jump, triple jump, 100, 200, and 400s. Crimble is also a very good student and Lehigh, UMass-Amherst or one of the NESCAC schools are high on his list.
“I think his two strongest events are the 200 meter and long jump,” said coach Gary Lavoie. “However, Jon does well in all events. He can hurdle, throw the discus, javelin and shot put, high jump and even run distance. We’ve moved him around from the 100 to 200 and 400 this year.