There are a lot of title belts in boxing. Some signify the world championship that every boxer begins his, or her, career wanting to achieve. Others are a means to an end.
The USA New England super bantamweight belt that Burlington High graduate Amanda Pavone won on Feb. 23 is in the latter category and she hopes there will be more belts in her future.
“I was happy with what I did,” said the 34-year-old Pavone, who won the title with an eight-round majority decision against Marcia Agripino of New London, Connecticut at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. “I’m not too happy with the scoring. I’m glad I won the belt. It’s a stepping stone.”
After winning six New England Golden Gloves titles and competing for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, Pavone turned pro on July 30, 2016. She’s won all seven of her professional bouts, with two stoppage victories.
“Records don’t always mean everything,” she said; “Girls will typically fight anyone. You can have somebody who doesn’t have a great record and they’re still very good. I’m definitely happy to be 7-0, though.”
All but one of Pavone’s pro fights have been in New England. Her third fight, on Dec. 19, 2016, was in the Dominican Republic, where she stopped Rocio De Leon on two rounds.
“That was a good trip,” Pavone said. “We saw parts of the Dominican Republic you don’t usually see if you stick to the tourist places.”
After that fight, Pavone did not fight again until March 17 of last year, stopping Sarah Click in the second round at the House of Blues in Boston.
Throughout her amateur career and in the early stages of her pro career, Pavone worked as a chef. The demands of that job made it difficult to train and fight. Eventually she decided to devote herself to boxing full-time.
“I was working 50 or 60 hours a week,” Pavone said. “Training and being in the kitchen was tough. It was tough to get time off.
“I figured I was only going to get older so now was the time to do it. If I wanted to box, I wanted to be all-in.”
Pavone, who was a cheerleader, hockey and softball player at Burlington High, studied at Johnson and Wales University to become a chef.
Pavone, who now lives in Dorchester, trains in Braintree with Hector Bermudez. Bermudez trains several other professional fighters, including current International Boxing Association world super welterweight champion Mark DeLuca. DeLuca will fight Jimmy Williams in the main event of a show at the House of Blues on Saturday.
Pavone is planning on fighting again in April. She was going to fight on March 29 at Memorial Hall in Melrose but that fight fell through. She is currently a free agent and not under contract with any promoter. Thus far most of her fights have been promoted by Murphy’s Boxing, a promotional company that the Dropkick Murphys’ Ken Casey runs, and Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, which is based in Providence, Rhode Island.
“My last two fights were with CES,” she said. “I was the opponent, facing the promoter’s boxer, and I won.”
Pavone hopes to get a promotional contract soon because it would mean more financial stability.
In the gym, she’s working on improving the mental aspect of her craft.
“Boxing is 90 percent mental,” Pavone said. “I’m focusing on setting up punches. That’s how you get knockouts. It’s the punches you don’t see that knock you out, not the ones that just overpower you.”