February 26, 2013

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The Man Who Put the BOOM in 'Here Comes the Boom'

What “The Fighter” did for trainer Mickey O’Keefe and the West End Gym in Lowell, the new Kevin James movie, “Here Comes the Boom,” might do for Mark DellaGrotte and his Sityodtong gym in Somerville.

DellaGrotte, a Somerville native and mixed martial arts (MMA) specialist, introduced Thai style boxing to New England through his Sityodtong gyms, which includes a branch in Beverly. James, an MMA enthusiast, trained with DellaGrotte for more than a year to prepare for “Here Comes the Boom,” which opens Friday. In the comedy, James plays former collegiate wrestler Scott Voss, a 42-year-old high school biology teacher who raises money to restore cuts to extracurricular school programs by moonlighting as a mixed martial arts fighter. Full Article




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