Cortland amateur boxer looks to bounce back after first amateur bout

Andrew Pierce, right, poses with former pro boxer Big John Douglas (photo provided).

CORTLAND, N.Y. — Heavyweight amateur boxer Andrew Pierce competed in his first amateur fight Friday at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn.

Andrew “The Regulator” Pierce began training on April 20 at Cortland Elita MMA Fitness in Cortland. Weighing in at 224 pounds, the 49-year-old fell in the third round on a TKO by 46-year-old German boxer George Siebelds.

“The most critical part of the fight was not being able to relax,” Pierce said. “For my next fight, I will be more relaxed now that I have done it,” Pierce said. “The first fight was like a blur with so much adrenaline. I will be ready.”

Pierce will take on former professional boxer Big John Douglas, a Guyana native who took part in the 1996 Olympics, in his next match.

The fight will take place on August 31 in Scranton, PA., as part of a fundraiser for service dogs for wounded veterans.

Pierce stands with professional MMA fighter Mike Diorio, who is coaching him.