Berry defeats Perez at Boston's Night at the FightsBoxer on path to going pro
Stockton Springs — Brandon Berry realized a dream Saturday night, Jan. 26, when he represented Wyman's Boxing Club in Stockton Springs at Boston's Night at the Fights at TD Garden and defeated his opponent, Julio Perez.
Owner of Wyman's Boxing Club and Berry's coach, Ken "Skeet" Wyman, said Berry's performance in the ring was the result of the time and dedication Berry's put into the sport since he started training with Wyman four years ago.
"He had an awesome fight, and he did a bang-up job," said Wyman. "It was a dream come true for him even to fight there."
Wyman said Berry's match against Perez started close, with both fighters showcasing equal skills, but as the fight progressed, Berry pulled ahead of his opponent.
"He went out there and it was like clockwork," said Wyman of Berry. "By the third round he totally dominated."
The event drew more than 5,000 people, said Wyman, including between 70 and 80 of Berry's supporters from the Pine Tree State.
"And that's double the population of the town he comes from," said Wyman, noting 25-year-old Berry hails from the West Forks.
It also was the first time both of Berry's parents were able to attend one of his matches together, as Wyman said one or the other usually must remain home to tend to the family business, Berry's General Store.
Berry, who has been a lifelong Celtics' fan and holds partial season tickets, has spent a lot of time as a spectator at the Garden and said he has always dreamed of what it would be like to fight in an arena of that size.
"Every time I go with my girlfriend I'll sit there and think how amazing it would be to be able to fight in this building, and I never thought it would happen," Berry said. "I'm very honored that we got that call; there were dozens of other people they could have called."
That said, Berry remained focused on the task at hand prior to the fight.
"The building is huge, the city is huge, but the ring is the same size," said Berry, while taking a break from his training session at Wyman's Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Wyman said Berry's chance to fight in Boston came after Perez’s original opponent, James Perella, dropped out unexpectedly because of a back injury. Being in need of a fighter to face Perez, Wyman said Jimmy Perella, the president of USA Boxing New England and James Peralla’s father, offered that opportunity to Berry Jan. 17.
Berry commutes from his hometown three times a week to train with Wyman, trips that add about 700 miles per week to his odometer. But Berry said working with Wyman has been worth all the time he has spent on the road.
While Berry has trained at other gyms in Maine and had good experiences, he said he's found a good fit with Wyman and his team. Wyman has helped Berry work toward his goal, of turning professional, for the last couple of years — a step he will take in his home county when the club hosts an event at Valley High School in Bingham on May 11 — but Wyman also has grown to become a personal friend.
"He's helped me in a lot of ways," said Berry. "Probably more so with other aspects of my life."
In addition to his recent fight against Perez, Berry also is training for another significant event in the months leading up to his professional career, the Northern New England Golden Gloves championship in Burlington, Vt. That tournament is slated for Saturday, Feb. 2.
Wyman said Berry was overwhelmed after his match Saturday, not only by the support of his friends and family, but due to the attention he garnered from strangers who watched his fight.
"He was in seventh heaven," said Wyman. "People were walking up to him, they wanted to have their pictures taken with him. It was just a really neat night."