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Lynn’s Ellis siblings are a real knockout

SOMERVILLE — The bouts used to take place in the basement where their big brother was the undisputed champion. Now, Akeem Ellis is fighting for money as a super middleweight and younger siblings Rashidi and Rashida are national champions who won their Police Athletic League titles last fall on the same day that Akeem earned a pro decision in California. “This is the Ellis season,” proclaimed mother Beverly, whose younger children have become a knockout brother-sister act.

Rashidi, a 19-year-old welterweight who began as a karate fighter and played football for Lynn Tech, is daunting enough that he couldn’t get an amateur opponent for Saturday’s “Night at the Fights” at TD Garden. Though he’d be a contender to make the United States team for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he won’t wait that long. “A lot of people are telling me to stay for the Olympics, but that’s four years,” said Rashidi, who figures he’ll turn pro after a few more amateur bouts, including next month’s Golden Gloves in Lowell. “Life is short.”

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