We have lost another great person involved in Boxing in the Beltway region.
Word has reached us that Robert "Machine" Matney of Virginia Beach, VA has passed away. No word on the cause of death.
Matney, a former Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy, was the owner of the Seven Cities Boxing Gym in Virginia Beach and was a past president of the Virginia Association of USA Boxing. Matney was a coach on the 2012 Washington, DC Region Golden Gloves team that brought home three national titles, one "Golden Boy" award and the overall team trophy.
This one is a stunner because Matney was one incredible guy. He is one of the key reasons why there has been a resurgence in the amateur program in the Tidewater area of Virginia and throughout the Commonwealth. Matney was incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about the sport in the area. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to get to know him and will miss him dearly! My deepest condolences to his family and all who worked with him.