The Gym Bag: Island boxer loses tough bout; Country Lanes’ bowling show gets award

Staten Island pro boxer Kenny Robles dropped a hard-fought, eight-round unanimous decision last week to James Bernadin for the NBA Americas Junior Welterweight title in the featured bout at The 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

It was one of four bouts on the card promoted by King’s Promotions.

Bernadin, a Lancaster, Pa., resident, won by scores of 79-73, 79-73 and 78-74 to improve to 7-0-1. Robles, 31, of West Brighton, lost his second fight in 11 pro fights.

A World Boxing News report had this to say about the fight:

“Bernadin tried to impose his will by trying to land hard shots. Robles was able to use movement and settle down to land effective combinations.

“Despite eating some combination punching, Bernadin was able to stalk and land good right hands. In the final minute of the fight, Bernadin landed a big left that hurt Robles. Bernadin opened up a furious barrage of punches in an effort to stop Robles in the final frame, but Robles was able to hang on and get to the final bell.”

Robles, who was the 2016 NY Daily News Golden Gloves champion at 141 pounds, trains under Lou Manfra at the Atlas Cops & Kids Boxing Gym in Dongan Hills.


The Live from Rab’s Web Series has been named a bronze winner in the 43rd annual Telly Awards’ category of Best Series — Web Series: Non-Scripted.

The Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks, production companies and including Adobe, Netflix, Dow Jones, Duplass Brothers Productions, Complex Networks, Jennifer Garner, A&E Networks, Hearst Media, Nickelodeon, ESPN Films, RYOT, Partizan and Vimeo.

“Now, more than ever, it is necessary to celebrate video work that reflects the top tier of our industry, such as Live from Rab’s,” says Telly Awards Executive Director Sabrina Dridje. “This year’s submissions reflect an industry that has returned to the important work of storytelling, one that has returned with a new perspective that values ​​innovation, agility, equity, and tenacious creativity.”

Live from Rab’s, launched right at the start of the pandemic in March of 2020 as a daily live web series hosted by Country manager Nazareth Laursen and proprietor Frank Wilkinson, co-creators of the show. They talked bowling, community, sports, entertainment, and so much more with special guests from around the globe.

Through 150+ episodes, hundreds of guests, over a million views, and two years later, the series continues today through the airing of special events and the original format talk show. The web series airs live on Facebook and YouTube and may also be found on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

,Live from Rab’s was created as a way for us to stay connected with our community during what would become one of the most challenging periods of time for all of us,” said Wilkinson. “What we [Nazareth and I] thought would only continue for a couple of weeks, turned into a permanent fixture for Rab’s and our online presence. To be recognized with a prestigious Telly Award for something we have fun doing is truly the icing on the cake.”

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