Boxing is a lot like ballet, except the dancers also punch each other.

New Bedford has a long history with great boxers who came out the SouthCoast. So in keeping with that long and rich history, amateur boxing is coming back to New Bedford in the Kilburn Mill at Clark's Cove, located at 127 Rodney French Boulevard on Saturday, February 9.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for an action-packed evening of USA Boxing-sanctioned bouts that will start at 7 p.m. Good seats are still available. Tickets go for $40 a seat or $25 for standing room and are on sale at KilburnMill.com.

There will be a full night of exciting bouts with young talented boxers, featuring many local fighters. Plus, Jimmy Birchfield Sr, legendary boxing promoter and President of CES Entertainment, has donated an incredible VIP package, a $1500 value, to be raffled off. The package includes two VIP ringside tickets, seated right beside the legend, complimentary food and drinks for two people prior to the fight, two VIP tickets to the after party and a pair of boxing gloves signed by the Team CES fighters on the card that night. Jimmy has served as a referee, cornerman, and an international boxing judge for world championship fights.

Rocky Balboa once said, "Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up." That's the same heart and grit that New Bedford fighters have always shown. Somewhere, up in the great boxing ring in the sky, Bob Hanna is looking down and smiling at boxing coming back to the Whaling City.

For more information call (508) 287-2545 or contact peter@kilburnmill.com

Phil Paleologos is the host of the Phil Paleologos Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Contact him at phil@wbsm.com and follow him on Twitter @PhilPaleologos. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.