(TOLEDO, OHIO) – All four age groups opened preliminary action on Monday night at the 2012 National PAL Championships. The night showcased several former national champions as well as reigning World Champion Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) at the Seagate Centre in Toledo, Ohio. Fifty-seven bouts of action were on the night’s docket with the action spreading across three rings.
The evening started with some of the youngest competitors in the tournament as the 11-12-year-old division kicked off with bouts in the 80 and 85 pound divisions. A trio of youngsters moved on in the tournament with Devin Young, Juan Jenkins (Baltimore, Md.) and Luis Ibarra (Colorado Springs, Colo.) advancing.
In the intermediate division of 13-14-year-old competitors, seven bouts were contested on the first day of the tournament. Leon Lawson (Flint, Mich.), the younger cousin of 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Andre Dirrell competed in the first bout of the tournament with newly crowned Olympic gold medalist and fellow Flint native on hand to cheer him on. He won a 15-7 decision over Jairo Perez (Casper, Wyo.) to advance to the next round.
2012 Junior Olympic National Champion Efren Lopez (Fresno, Calif.) took his first step toward another national title in 2012 in his PAL opener. Lopez won a 23-7 decision over Mack Allison (Baltimore, Md.) in 15-16-year-old bantamweight action. Lopez’s Veles Cup teammate and 2012 Junior Olympic national championships silver medalist Edgar Berlanga (New York, N.Y.) claimed a first round win on Monday as well, defeating Marco Magdaleno (Las Vegas, Nev.) by a slim 10-9 decision.
Several experienced boxers took the ring in both men’s and women’s open division action. Two Chicago stars represented the Windy City well in their first round bouts. Olympic Trials flyweight silver medalist Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.) is aiming to take the crown once carried by three-time Olympian Rau’shee Warren and he got off to a good start on Monday. Simpson won a 19-13 victory over Abel Soriano (Omaha, Neb.) to move on to Wednesday’s flyweight action. Lightweight Kenneth Sims, Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) who enjoyed a strong showing at Olympic Trials last year as well, stepped into the ring for his first bout of the tournament on Monday night. Sims enjoyed a quick night, stopping Cameron Parker (Hampton, Va.) in the first round of their lightweight bout.
In women’s action, Brown showed why she is a world champion, wasting no time in her bout with Amber Swift (Trotwood, Ohio). Brown won a second round stoppage over Swift in the featherweight preliminary contest and advances on to Wednesday’s competition. Olympic Trials lightweight participant N’yteeyah Sherman (Fairlawn, Ohio) enjoyed an impressive opener in her bout with Nakarri Jones (Tampa, Fla.). Sherman used her impressive height and reach to box her way to a 32-8 decision over Jones.
The hometown fans were treated to two big victories by Toledo boxers in open division action. Former National PAL Champion Albert Bell (Toledo, Ohio) won a 17-8 decision over Pedro Duran (Los Angeles, Calif.) in lightweight action while light heavyweight Leo Hall (Toledo, Ohio) stopped Michael Reid (Minooka, Ill.).
2012 National Championships silver medalist and Olympic Training partner Steven Nelson (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.) put on an impressive performance in his first bout of the tournament. The U.S. Army boxer won a 26-7 decision over Octavius Webb (Maple Heights, Ohio) late in Monday’s action.
Tuesday’s competition will begin at 6 p.m. at the Seagate Centre with 54 bouts on the docket for the second day of competition. Tuesday’s bout sheets are attached.
11-12-year-old/80 lbs: Devin Young dec. Orlando Je Meadows, 19-3
11-12-year-old/85 lbs: Juan Jenkins, Baltimore, Md., dec. Zachary Bram, W. Palm Beach, Fla., 13-5
11-12-year-old/85 lbs: Luis Ibarra, Colorado Springs, Colo., stopped Donte Baytop, Baltimore, Md., 13-5
13-14-year-old/85 lbs: Rudy Calixto, Delar, Md., dec. Patrick Fair, Columbus, Ohio, 19-6
13-14-year-old/85 lbs: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va., dec. Kumari Johnson, Columbus, Ohio, 15-5
13-14-year-old/101 lbs: Leon Lawson, Flint, Mich., dec. Jairo Perez, Casper, Wyo., 15-7
13-14-year-old/101 lbs: Jason Pauley, Marmat, W., Va., won on walkover over Jevon Thompson, Toledo, Ohio, W/O
13-14-year-old/119 lbs: Michael Dutchover, Midland, Texas, dec. Denzel Jones, Edgewood, Md., 28-4
13-14-year-old/125 lbs: Sebastian Fundora, Tampa, Fla., stopped Jason Hamilton, Dayton, Ohio, RSC-2
13-14-year-old/125 lbs: Michael Nelson, Mansfield, Ohio dec. Noah Villareal, Lubbock, Texas, 10-3
15-16-year-old/119 lbs: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio, dec. Martino Jules, Allentown, Pa., 12-7
15-16-year-old/119 lbs: Efren Lopez, Fresno, Calif., Fresno, Calif., dec. Mack Allison, Baltimore, Md., 23-7
15-16-year-old/125 lbs: Isaiah Steen, Cleveland Heights, Ohio dec. Keoni Adric, Haleiwa, Hawaii, 16-15
15-16-year-old/125 lbs: Hector Bayanilla, Allentown, Pa., dec. Kelvin Davis, Norfolk, Va., 10-9
15-16-year-old/145 lbs: Edgar Berlanga, New York, N.Y., dec. Marco Magdaleno, Las Vegas, Nev., 10-9
15-16-year-old/145 lbs: Mark Reyes, Fort Worth, Texas dec. Elias Moreno, Toledo, Ohio, 17-14
15-16-year-old/145 lbs: Travis Jerig, Zanesville, Ohio dec. Diego Chavez, Chicago, Ill., 18-10
15-16-year-old/145 lbs: Gilbert Vasquez, Brownfield, Texas dec. Barry Pierce, Jr., Wilmington, N.C., 13-12
Open male/114 lbs: Eros Correa, San Jose, Calif., won on walkover over Emilio Ruiz, Kansas City, Kansas
Open male/114 lbs: Stephen Fulton, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Daniel Sandoz, Allentown, Pa., 19-14
Open male/114 lbs: Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill., dec. Abel Soriano, Omaha, Neb., 19-13
Open male/123 lbs: Jorge Ruiz, San Diego, Calif., dec. Misael Reyes, Kansas City, Kansas, 25-12
Open male/123 lbs: Fidel Cervantes, Kansas City, Kansas, dec. Walter Parker, Hampton, Va., 22-10
Open male/123 lbs: Antwan Robinson, Baltimore, Md., dec. Eduardo Vasquez, Englewood, Colo., 19-9
Open male/123 lbs: Gary Antonio Russell, Capitol Heights, Md., stopped Xavier Griffin, Minneapolis, Minn., RSC-3
Open male/123 lbs: Ja Rico O’Quinn, Detroit, Mich., dec. Ahmed Mahmood, Dearborn Heights, Mich., 15-12
Open female/125 lbs: Jen Hamann, Seattle, Wash., dec. Monayah Patterson, Detroit, Mich., 28-13
Open female/125 lbs: Tiara Brown, Lehigh Acres, Fla., stopped Amber Swift, Trotwood, Ohio, RSC-2
Open female/125 lbs: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas, dec. Taversha Norwood, Oxnard, Calif., 25-16
Open female/125 lbs: Elizabeth Leddy, Portland, Maine, dec. Michelle Cook, Massena, N.Y., 30-18
Open male/132 lbs: Luis Castro dec. Charles Vasquez, 26-22
Open male/132 lbs: Tommy Logan, Winter Haven, Fla., dec. Patrick Harris, Hyattsville, Md., 13-12
Open male/132 lbs: Joshua Jones, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Ethan Nevsacli, 19-5
Open male/132 lbs: Travon Smith, Toledo, Ohio dec. Jeremy Abram, Maple Heights, Ohio, 13-9
Open male/132 lbs: Kenneth Sims, Jr., Chicago, Ill., stopped Cameron Parker, Hampton, Va., RSC-1
Open male/132 lbs: Salvador Lopez, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Ramiro Hernandez, Cleveland, Ohio, 22-15
Open male/132 lbs: Lamont Roach, Upper Marlboro, Md., dec. Hakeem Watkins, Columbus, Ohio, 14-11
Open male/132 lbs: Titus Williams, Elmont, N.Y., dec. Jesus Vasquez, Sheridan, Colo., 20-16
Open male/132 lbs: Salvador Perez, Oxnard, Calif., dec. Matthew Conway, Pittsburgh, Pa., 21-10
Open male/132 lbs: Malik Montgomery, Macon, Ga., dec. Carlos Bernier, W. Palm Beach, Fla., 57-24
Open male/132 lbs: Luis Cortez, Henderson, Nev., dec. Gary Riley, Temple Hills, Md., 21-14
Open male/132 lbs: Javar Jones, Indianapolis, Ind., dec. Devion Balli, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 24-20
Open male/132 lbs: Mikail Jones, Cincinnati, Ohio won on disqualification over Demetrius Johnson, St. Louis, Mo., DQ-3
Open male/132 lbs: Lavias Williams, Rochester, N.Y., dec. William Sawin, Blacksburg, Va., 37-15
Open male/132 lbs: Glen Dezurn, Baltimore, Md., stopped Carlos Arce, Ft. Myers, Fla., RSC-2
Open female/132 lbs: N’yteeyah Sherman, Barberton, Ohio dec. Nakarri Jones, Tampa, Fla., 32-8
Open male/141 lbs: Kevin Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Humberto Tellez, Winfield, Kansas, 24-10
Open female/141 lbs: Bertha Aracil, Yonkers, N.Y., dec. Christella Cepeda, Yonkers, N.Y., 18-14
Open male/178 lbs: Leo Hall, Toledo, Ohio stopped Michael Reid, Minooka, Ill., RSC-2
Open male/178 lbs: Anthony Sims, Jr., Plainfield, Ind., stopped Vincent Baccus, Ketubue, Ark., RSC-2
Open male/178 lbs: Xavier Hayden, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Aaron Wright, Pittsburgh, Pa., 8-2
Open male/178 lbs: D’Mitrius Ballard, Temple Hills, Md., dec. Reyes Marquez, Colorado Springs, Colo., 14-11
Open male/178 lbs: Nigel Rogers, Lewistown, Pa., dec. Ifeoluwa Osaze, Chicago, Ill., 12-6
Open male/178 lbs: Pablo Vellez, Raleigh, N.C., dec. Matthew Conway, Windsor Locks, Conn., 6-5
Open male/178 lbs: Steven Nelson, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., dec. Octavius Webb, Maple Heights, Ohio, 26-7
Open male/178 lbs: Akhiem Nurse, Easton, Pa., dec. Justin Robinson, 15-7
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