Local amateurs to compete in national Golden Gloves qualifier

The reaction is almost identical to the last whenever a student learns about the other side of Mike Ragusa. The eyebrows are raised and there’s a baffled expression, followed by the inquiry he has come to expect:

“‘What!?’” the Poughkeepsie resident said, impersonating a teenager. “’You really box?'”

Ragusa is an assistant principal at Newburgh Free Academy and has been an educator for 23 years. Before that, though, he was an accomplished amateur boxer. And, it turns out, there’s more he wants to accomplish.

The 53-year-old will slide the paperwork to the side and ditch the business casual attire to step into the ring one more time, at least. He is among 36 fighters from the Hudson Valley competing Saturday in the Ring Masters Championships: Road to the Garden, a tournament that will serve as a qualifying event for the national Golden Gloves championships at Madison Square Garden in June.

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