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Mussachio to face Thompson

Light-heavyweight Chuck Mussachio, of Wildwood, NJ, who has been on the fringe of the world rankings in recent years, returns Saturday evening, Feb. 23, at Bally’s Atlantic City, in a scheduled eight-round bout against Lionel Thompson, of Buffalo, NY. Topping the seven-bout card is a scheduled 10-round middleweight contest between Patrick Majewski, of Somers Point, NJ, and Jamaal Davis, of Philadelphia, PA.

Mussachio, 33, is a full-time guidance counselor at Ocean City (NJ) Primary School and he has boxed only once in each of the last two years. He also works as a bartender once or twice a week at the Concord Café in Avalon, NJ.

Late in 2011 at Bally’s, in a valiant attempt to take the USBA cruiserweight title from Garrett Wilson, of Philadelphia, Mussachio was stopped in the 12th round after leading on two of the three scorecards. He had moved up one weight class for that attempt. He weighed 183 ½ pounds against Wilson, the heaviest of his career.

In his last fight May 19, 2012, also at Bally’s, Mussachio rebounded and scored an eight-round decision over Bill Bailey, of Bakersfield, CA.

A pro since 2005, Mussachio is 18-2-2, 5 K0s. His victims include ex-WBA junior middleweight champ Carl Daniels, of St. Louis; Anthony Ferrante, of Philadelphia; Richard Stewart, of Dover, DE.

As an amateur, Mussachio had over 100 fights and was a two-time NCAA champion at Lock Haven University in Central Pennsylvania. He won the NCAA title at 185 pounds in 2001 and the NCAA title at 175 pounds in 2002. He also trained at the United States Olympic Education Center in Marquette, MI.

Thompson, 27, won his first 12 fights, eight by knockout, before running into some hard luck.

The same night Mussachio beat Bailey in Atlantic City, Thompson (left) was in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada, where he dropped a 10-round split decision to Nicholson Poulard, of Lavel, Quebec, Canada. Scores were 96-94 and 97-93 for Poulard, 97-93 for Thompson.

In his last fight Sept. 21 at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem (PA), Thompson was stopped in three rounds by unbeaten Sergey Kovalev, of Chelyabinsk, Russia, in a fight Thompson accepted on three weeks’ notice.

As an amateur, Thompson was a five-time New York State Golden Gloves champion and a two-time Empire State Games gold medalist. He was ranked No. 2 by USA Boxing and was the Eastern Olympic Trials gold medalist in 2008.

Thompson attended Buffalo State College for Health and Wellness.

The Majewski-Davis and Mussachio-Thompson fights top a seven-bout card at Bally’s Atlantic City. First fight is 7.30 pm. Tickets are priced at $50 and $75 and they are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and all Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000). The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., in association with Bally’s Atlantic City.




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