Encore Boston Harbor and Murphyâ€™s Boxing hosted their second show at the $2.6 billion casino resort and there were plenty of exciting bouts contested in front of another huge crowd of boxing fans.
NABF super featherweight champion wrapped up the card with a sensational first-round knockout of Luis Castillo in the main event.
That show-ending performance was preceded by Todd Angillyâ€™s stirring rendition of the National Anthem. Angilly is the Boston Bruinsâ€™ National Anthem singer but he has not been informed by Bruins officials yet that he will return in that role for the 2019-20 hockey season.
There was a very special guest in attendance at Encore as Gov. Charlie Baker and his wife, Lauren Baker, viewed some of the bouts after enjoying dinner at Fratelli Restaurant.
Baker, the nationâ€™s most popular governor, and his wife, had a viewpoint near the back of the large hall but it was difficult not to recognize the stateâ€™s 6-foot-6-inch chief executive.
Baker graciously posed for photos with fans, including former amateur boxing champion Calvin Brown and his wife, Sandra Brown. Calvin is a Chelsea city councillor.
â€œItâ€™s so great to see our governor here supporting the athletes and the sport of boxing and enjoying the show,â€ said Brown.
Two of the boxers, James Perkins and Khiry Todd, hailed from Lynn, which is next door to Swampscott, home to Gov. Baker and Mrs. Baker.
â€œI didnâ€™t get a chance to talk to Gov. Baker, but itâ€™s an honor that he was here to see me fight,â€ said Todd, who won his bout with a first-round knockout.
Baker, who played basketball at Needham High School and Harvard University, said he and his wife enjoyed a delicious dinner at Fratelli and then decided to attend the boxing show. The governor was impressed with Encore Boston Harbor, a five-star resort.
â€œThe facility is enormous and impressive,â€ said Baker. â€œAnd the cleanup along the Mystic River is amazing. To give the river back to the city of Everett is just such a big deal.
â€œAnd obviously thereâ€™s a ton of people here,â€ added Baker. â€œThe restaurants seemed to be doing very well. And by the way, the traffic coming in [from Swampscott] wasnâ€™t that bad. So all things considered, itâ€™s a great way to spend a Friday night.â€
The boxers seemed to be in agreement that Encore has become the place to box in New England and to be seen by a large and enthusiastic crowd.
Todd, who improved his record to 9-1, hopes to get another opportunity to return to Everett.
â€œThe venue is spectacular and I hope to fight here on their next card,â€ said Todd, whose father, Curtis, worked in his corner.
Perkins, a graduate of St. Maryâ€™s High School, Lynn, earned a majority draw in his pro debut versus Aaron Trecell Smith (two judges ruled the bout a draw while the third judge gave the edge to Perkins). Perkins praised the exciting atmosphere at Encore.
â€œEncore is beautiful and I love it here,â€ said Perkins. â€œI hope I can fight here all the time. There was a huge turnout from Lynn and I appreciate all their support. Iâ€™m very happy to have them in my corner.â€