Love for the sport of boxing runs through the generations in the Tiberi family. It’s passed on from father to son, and shared between brothers. And now they’re sharing their boxing knowledge with others in the Smyrna area. The Tiberis have opened a new place for local boxers, both amateur and professional, to train – the Delaware Boxing Club, located on Paddock Road northeast of Smyrna.
Love for the sport of boxing runs through the generations in the Tiberi family. It’s passed on from father to son, and shared between brothers.
And now they’re sharing their boxing knowledge with others in the Smyrna area.
The Tiberis have opened a new place for local boxers, both amateur and professional, to train – the Delaware Boxing Club.
The club is located on Paddock Road northeast of Smyrna.
The head trainer is Mario Tiberi, a ninth grade social studies teacher in the Smyrna School District.
A pair of successful young pro fighters currently train at the Delaware Boxing Club – Mario’s younger brother, “Mighty” Mike Tiberi; and Ryan Belasco of New Castle.
Several amateurs and youths are also training at the facility.
Mario Tiberi said that in the past, local residents interested in boxing have had to travel outside the area to train.
“There was nowhere for these kids to go,” he said.
At the Delaware Boxing Club, Tiberi wants to offer a place for local athletes to go, and in the process, help revitalize boxing in this part of Delaware.
Before starting the Delaware Boxing Club a month ago, Mario and his brother, Mike, had been driving 40 minutes to train in Wilmington.
Now they’re training right here in the Smyrna area, and other boxers can join them.
“We’re open to anyone and everyone, as long as their doctors say it’s OK,” Mario said. “I’d love to grow. It’s just a matter of getting the word out.”
The club is housed within a humble exterior, but inside, it’s all business.
The ring at the center of the club is surrounded by punching bags and boxing gear, and the walls are lined with promotional fight posters – some recent, and some decades old.
The members of the Delaware Boxing Club train in a detached building at the residence of Mario and Mike’s father, also named Mario.
The elder Mario won the Pennsylvania golden gloves at light heavyweight in 1978, and also won three international bouts for the USA vs. Italy. Over the years, he met a lot of trainers and saw their different training methods, and he shares these methods with his sons and the kids at the club.
The younger Mario also has experience in the ring; he won the Pennsylvania golden gloves at heavyweight in 2002.
The Delaware Boxing Club holds training sessions four days a week, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The pro fighters will sometimes train six or seven days a week, though, when they’re gearing up for a fight.
The training regimen includes daily pad work, one-on-one lessons, jump rope, running, speed bag, heavy bag, medicine ball abdominal workouts, and some weight training that works well with boxing. Once they’re ready, the boxers can start sparring in the ring.
Anyone interested in training at the Delaware Boxing Club can call Mario Tiberi at (302) 359-4150 for more information and rates.
“Mighty” Mike Tiberi’s record up to 10-1
“Mighty” Mike Tiberi’s young boxing career is off to a distinguished start.
With 11 professional fights under his belt, the 21-year-old middleweight has a 10-1 record with five KOs.
Most recently, Tiberi posted a first-round knockout victory over Brad Hill on July 24 at Dover Downs.
Tiberi is currently rated No.31 in the U.S. middleweight rankings at boxrec.com.
He’s fought in Philadelphia, at Dover Downs, in Scranton, in Baltimore and Atlantic City.
Tiberi is thrilled about the way his boxing career has taken off.
“It couldn’t go any better,” he said.
Tiberi said he enjoys training with his family at the new boxing club.
“I enjoy working with both of them – my dad and my brother,” he said. “It’s something we all have in common, something we all love to do.”
His father and brother both have boxing histories themselves, so they can share their experiences with him, and give him advice in the ring.
“They can see things sometimes I can’t see,” he said.
Looking ahead, Tiberi wants to take it one fight at a time, “keep working hard, keep winning, and keep winning big.”
Another pro fighter, 25-year-old Ryan Belasco of New Castle, also trains at the Delaware Boxing Club.
Belasco grew up the same New Castle neighborhood as the Tiberis, and he continues to work out with them.
“You can’t go wrong training with the Tiberis,” he said. “They know what they’re doing, and they know how to do it.”
Belasco currently holds a professional record of 11-3-3 with three KOs.
By training together, Belasco and Tiberi help make each other better.
“We’re a team – one big happy family,” Belasco said.
Delaware Boxing Club accepting new members
The new Delaware Boxing Club on Paddock Road northeast of Smyrna is open and enrolling. The club is open to anyone who wants to train.
For more information, contact Mario Tiberi at (302) 359-4150.
Information is also available at www.mightymiketiberi.com.