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US National Golden Gloves Tournament

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By AIBA

May 19 - 20011

altFormer AIBA Cadet World Championships bronze medalist 20-year-old Louie Byrd successfully defended his title at the 84th US National Golden Gloves Tournament, which was held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis from 25-30 April.

Multiple US National Champion Louie Byrd won all of his five contests with a large margin of points and celebrated his fourth consecutive US National Golden Gloves Title in Indianapolis at the six-day long competition. Byrd is one of the biggest US boxing hopes for the upcoming major international events such as the AIBA World Championships and Panamerican Games.

In the light flyweight class US National Championships bronze medalist 20-year-old Santos Vasquez claimed second place at the last year's edition of the event where he was defeated by Louie Byrd. His strong opponent from last year moved up a weight class, giving the Reno-based boxer a better chance of eliminating his rivals in Indianapolis. Vasquez performed well at the tournament and claimed the gold medal after beating Oscar Mojica in the final.

Tremaine Williams went up a weight class from flyweight to bantamweight and eliminated Gary Russell in the quarter-final to take the first gold medal in his career.

Detroit-based Erick De Leon who is being touted as the next Oscar de la Hoya was awarded US citizenship in February and is probably the best US lightweight boxer at the moment. The 19-year-old fighter defended his lightweight throne after beating Luis Cruz in the final and will be looking for a place on the US team this year.

US National Championships silver medalist 18-year-old Michael Reed from the nation's capital took the light welterweight gold. The teenager defeated George Rincon of Texas by 4:1 in the final.

Unexpectedly US National PAL Championships quarterfinalist Arturo Trujillo secured the welterweight title in Indianapolis after beating the favourite Alex Martin to take the first gold medal in his career.

US National Championships silver medalist 22-year-old Jesse Hart has been boxing since 1995 and his experience showed out against his rivals in Indianapolis in the middleweight class. Defending US National Champion Luis Arias was eliminated by eventual silver medalist teenager Daquan Arnett in the preliminary rounds.

US National Championships bronze medalist 19-year-old Caleb Plant from Knoxville was on the national squad for the friendly encounters against neighbouring Mexico last month. He used his fresh international experiences to good effect to defeat US National PAL Championships silver medalist Jerry Odom in the light heavyweight final.

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Strong multiple US National Champion Michael Hunter of Las Vegas competed in the past two AIBA World Championships in Chicago and Milan but did not qualify for the Beijing Olympic Games. Hunter has decided not to turn to professional and moved down a division into heavyweight. The 22-year-old athlete stopped Robert Jekabson in his new weight class final and also picked up the most outstanding boxer trophy.

Multiple US National Champion 22-year-old Lenroy Thompson of Kansas City began boxing only six years ago but has great expectations at international level. Thompson had five contests in the National Golden Gloves and won each of them with points to add another title to his collection.

 

 Photo: US Boxing Team with Evander Holyfield - (Photo Credit: Ashley Gartland)