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About the Owner

Darren 'Checkmate' Maciunski is a boxing trainer and owner of Checkmates Boxing and MMA Striking Skills in Toms River, New Jersey, with numerous accolades under his belt. His expertise carries over into chess, which is how he earned the nickname, "Checkmate." Learn more about the championship boxer.

Historical Wins

His professional ring résumé includes wins over former world champions Meldrick Taylor and Buddy McGirt. He also went through six grueling rounds with Fernando Vargas before being prematurely stopped in 1998. In 2009, Darren was inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame.

Professional Highlights

Darren has mastered the art of boxing through years of experience and professional fights. Although he lost by split decision in the National Golden Gloves semi-finals, he won numerous other competitions. Highlights include:
  • 1989: Won the 147-Pound Novice Class Of the New Jersey State Golden Gloves Championship
  • 1991: Won New Jersey & Northeast Regional Amateur Boxing Federation Titles
  • 1999: Won IBF Inter-Continental Middleweight Title • 1990: Won the 147-Pound Open Class of the New Jersey State Golden Gloves Championship & the New Jersey State Diamond Glove Championship
  • 1992: Professional Boxing Debut
  • 2009: Inducted Into New Jersey Boxing Hall Of Fame

Boxing Profile

"Checkmate" was born on December 3, 1969 and is a middleweight class competitor. He is 5'11" tall.
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