(LAS VEGAS, NEV.) – A group of nearly 300 boxers has been whittled down to 40 at the 2014 National Golden Gloves in Las Vegas, Nev. The top eight athletes in each of the 10 weight divisions competed in quarterfinal action on Thursday at the Las Vegas Hilton with all of the night’s victors advancing on to semifinal round action on Friday.
Two-time USA Boxing National Champion Leroy Davila (New Brunswick, N.J.) pulled out his second straight split decision of the tournament, defeating Joshua Franco (San Antonio, Texas) to advance on to Friday’s semifinal action. He will face Basil Nasser (Detroit, Mich.) for a spot in the light flyweight finale in his semifinal round contest. Adrian Servin (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Christian Carto (Pennsylvania) will battle in the second light flyweight semifinal on Friday night.
In the flyweight division, 2013 USA Boxing Youth National Champion Antonio Vargas (Kissimmee, Fla.) continued his outstanding boxing with a unanimous decision win over Kenyon Sessoms (Elizabeth, N.J.). Vargas’ victory earns him a spot in the semifinal round with Darren Cunningham (St. Louis, Mo.). The bout will be a rematch from the 2014 Junior and Youth Open earlier this year, which Vargas won. The first of two Montgomery brothers will compete in flyweight semifinal competition following his win in Thursday’s session. Mikhail Montgomery (Macon, Ga.) will face Christopher Colbert (Brooklyn, N.Y.) in the second flyweight bout on Friday.
The brotherly love theme continued in to the bantamweight division where defending champion Gary Antonio Russell (Capitol Heights, Md.) won a unanimous decision win over Eddie Dean (Flint, Mich.) to earn a spot in his second straight Golden Gloves semifinal. Russell will take on Hector Tanajara (San Antonio, Texas) in his semifinal contest. On the opposite side of the bracket, two former flyweight national champions faced off in bantamweight quarterfinal competition. Stephen Fulton, Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.) took the victory in the battle, winning a 5-0 decision over Shawn Simpson (Chicago, Ill.). Fulton will challenge Ruben Villa (Salinas, Mich.) in Friday’s semifinal boxing.
The second Montgomery brother earned his semifinal berth in the lightweight division. 2013 National Golden Gloves silver medalist Maliek Montgmery (Macon, Ga.) defeated Jalen Jones (Washington DC) to join his younger brother in tomorrow’s semifinals. He will battle Steven Ortiz (Newark, N.J.) in Friday’s action. William Foster (W. Haven, Conn.) and Eder Carrillo (Woodland, Calif.) will compete in the second lightweight semifinal bout.
2013 Junior Olympic National Champion Keoni Adric (Haleiwa, Hawaii) advanced to his first National Golden Gloves semifinal with a 4-1 win over David Craddock, Jr. (Columbus, Ohio) in light welterweight competition on Thursday. Adric will compete in a semifinal showdown with Jason Ennis (Pennsylvania) on Friday night. The second Russell brother won the one of only two TKOs on the night in his semifinal contest with Dylan Henry (Omaha, Neb.). With the support of his brother, Gary Russell, Jr., in his corner, Gary Antuanne Russell (Capitol Heights, Md.) stopped Henry late in the bout to earn a semifinal contest with Arthur Porter (Monroe, Mich.).
Hometown favorite Quontez McGrath (Las Vegas, Nev.) won the first welterweight bout of Thursday’s competition, defeating Kenneth Thomas, Jr. (Indianapolis, Ind.) by 4-1 decision. McGrath will challenge the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program’s Reyes Marquez (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in semifinal competition tomorrow. On the opposite side of the bracket, Tipton Walker (Benton Harbor, Mich.) will face Samuel Valentin (Land O’Lakes, Fla.).
Four familiar faces advanced to the semifinal round in the middleweight division, with all of the day’s victors winning unanimous decision. Returning champion Marquis Moore (Colorado Springs, Colo.) punched his ticket for the semifinals with a 5-0 win over Adam Paolino (Warwick, R.I.) in the final middleweight bout of the quarterfinals. He will face 2013 USA Boxing Youth National Champion Alex Rincon (Carrollton, Texas) in his semifinal bout. The second semifinal will feature a match-up between two-time USA Boxing National Champion LeShawn Rodriguez (Shirley, N.Y.) and veteran Anthony Campbell (Covington, Tenn.)
In the light heavyweight division, Malcolm McAllister (Long Beach, Calif.), Niko Valdes (Miami, Fla.), Sergio Flores (Kansas City, Kansas), and Troy Williams (Hammond, La.) all claimed spots in the semifinals with wins in Thursday’s action. Friday’s semifinal round competition will feature bouts between Flores and Williams on one side of the bracket and McAllister and Valdes in the second light heavyweight match-up.
2014 USA Boxing National Champion Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) kicked off Thursday’s heavyweight action in thundering fashion with an impressive TKO victory over Khalil Miller (Philadelphia, Pa.). Temple floored Miller at the :45 mark of the first round and the referee jumped in and halted the bout, giving him the TKO win. Temple moves on to a semifinal bout with Bryan Daniels (Worcester, Mass.) on Friday. Former Golden Gloves champion DeRae Crane (Colorado Springs, Colo.) advanced to the semifinals as well, winning a unanimous decision over Joshua Juarez (Laredo, Texas). He will battle Shawndell Winter (Riverdale, Ill.) in his semifinal bout tomorrow.
The super heavyweights closed the curtain on Thursday’s quarterfinal round competition with four quarterfinal bouts. Reigning champion Cam F. Awesome (Lenexa, Kansas) faced off with a familiar opponent in his quarterfinal contest, battling the always tough Elvis Garcia (Tacoma, Wash.). Awesome advanced to semifinal round competition with a unanimous decision win over Garcia. He will take on Nick Mazurek (Chicago, Ill.) in his semifinal round contest. Craig Lewis (Detroit, Mich.) and Jermaine Franklin (Saginaw, Mich.) will compete for the second super heavyweight final round berth on Friday.
Semifinal round action will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Las Vegas Hotel with all the winners moving on to Saturday’s final round competition.
Thursday’s Quarterfinal Results
* The city or region following the hometown indicates the athlete’s Golden Gloves franchise
108 lbs: Basil Nasser, Detroit, Mich./Detroit, dec. Jonathan Howard, Hampstead, N.C./Washington DC, 3-2
108 lbs: Adrian Servin, Phoenix, Ariz./Nevada, dec. Jaire Mack, Macon, Ga./Knoxville, 5-0
108 lbs: Leroy Davila, New Brunswick, N.J./New Jersey dec. Joshua Franco, San Antonio, Texas/Texas, 3-2
108 lbs: Christian Carto, Pennsylvania dec. Aaron Perez, Albuquerque, N.M./Colorado-New Mexico
114 lbs: Mikhail Montgomery, Macon, Ga./Knoxville, dec. Brent Venegas III, Stockton, Calif./California, 4-1
114 lbs: Antonio Vargas, Kissimmee, Fla./Florida dec. Kenyon Sessoms, Elizabeth, N.J./New Jersey, 5-0
114 lbs: Darren Cunningham, St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis dec. Aurel Love, Cleveland, Ohio/Cleveland, 4-1
114 lbs: Christopher Colbert, Brooklyn, N.Y./New York Metro dec. Marshall Sanchez, Houston, Texas/Texas, 4-1
123 lbs: Ruben Villa, Salinas, Calif./California dec. Michael Stoute, Coram, N.Y./New York Metro, 5-0
123 lbs: Stephen Fulton, Jr., Philadelphia, Pa./Pennsylvania dec. Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill./Wisconsin, 5-0
123 lbs: Gary Antonio Russell, Capitol Heights, Md./Washington DC, dec. Eddie Dean, Flint, Mich./Michigan, 5-0
123 lbs: Hector Tanajara, San Antonio, Texas/Texas dec. Samuel Rodriguez/Buffalo, 5-0
132 lbs: Eder Carrillo, Woodland, Calif./California dec. Christian Bermudez, Brooklyn, N.Y./New York Metro, 4-1
132 lbs: William Foster, W. Haven, Conn./New England dec. Edgar Javalera, Kansas City, Kansas/Kansas City, 3-2
132 lbs: Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga./Knoxville, dec. Jalen Jones, Washington DC/Washington DC, 4-1
132 lbs: Steven Ortiz, Newark, N.J./New Jersey dec. Javar Jones, Anderson, Ind./Indiana, 4-1
141 lbs: Arthur Porter, Monroe, Mich./Toledo dec. Adam Castillo, Lubbock, Texas/Texas, 3-2
141 lbs: Gary Antuanne Russell, Capitol Heights, Md./Washington DC won on TKO over Dylan Henry, Lincoln, Neb./Omaha, TKO-3
141 lbs: Jason Ennis, Pennsylvania dec. Boubacar Sylla, Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati, 4-1
141 lbs: Keoni Adric, Haleiwa, Hawaii/Hawaii dec. David Craddock, Columbus, Ohio/Tri-state, 4-1
152 lbs: Tipton Walker, Benton Harbor, Mich./Michigan, dec. Michael Montgomery, Jr., Macon, Ga./Knoxville, 4-1
152 lbs: Quontez McGrath, Las Vegas, Nev./Nevada dec. Kenneth Thomas, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind./Indiana, 4-1
152 lbs: Samuel Valentin, Land O’ Lakes, Fla./Florida dec. Fabian Alvarado, Irving, Texas/Texas, 3-2
152 lbs: Reyes Marquez, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado-New Mexico dec. Jeremiah Millett, St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis, 4-1
165 lbs: LeShawn Rodriquez, Shirley, N.Y./New York Metro dec. Jordan Panthen, Kapolei, Hawaii/Hawaii, 5-0
165 lbs: Anthony Campbell, Covington, Tenn./Mid-South dec. Jonathan Esquivel, Anaheim, Calif./California, 5-0
165 lbs: Marquis Moore, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado-New Mexico dec. Adam Paolino, Warwick, R.I./New England, 5-0
165 lbs: Alex Rincon, Carrollton, Texas/Texas dec. Wilmont Wood/Buffalo, 5-0
178 lbs: Malcom McAllister, Long Beach, Calif./California dec. Justin Bell, Savern, Md./Washington DC, 5-0
178 lbs: Sergio Flores, Kansas City, Kansas/Kansas City, dec. Brandon Maddox, Wayne, Mich./Detroit, W/O
178 lbs: Niko Valdes, Miami, Fla./Florida dec. Johnny Rosa, Lawrence, Mass./New England, 3-2
178 lbs: Tory Williams, Hammond, La./Mid-South dec. Edward Gray, St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis, 4-1
201 lbs: Joshua Temple, St. Louis, Mo./St. Louis, won on TKO over Khalil Miller, Philadelphia, Pa./Pennsylvania, TKO-1
201 lbs: Bryan Daniels, Worcester, Mass./New England dec. Alvin Davie, Bal Harbour, Fla./Florida, 3-2
201 lbs: DeRae Crane, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado-New Mexico dec. Joshua Juarez, Laredo, Texas/Texas, 5-0
201 lbs: Shawndell Winter, Riverdale, Ill./Chicago dec. Ryan Watson, Duluth, Minn./Upper Midwest, 4-1
201+ lbs: Craig Lewis, Detroit, Mich./Detroit, dec. Frankie Bolton, East Poing, Ga./Knoxville, 5-0
201+ lbs: Jermaine Franklin, Saginaw, Mich./Michigan dec. Cassius Chaney, Charlestown, R.I./New England, 5-0
201+ lbs: Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas/Kansas-Oklahoma dec. Elvis Garcia, Tacoma, Wash./Nevada, 5-0
201+ lbs: Nick Mazurek, Palatine, Ill./Chicago, dec. Sila Mou Sillaga, Kearns, Utah/Rocky Mountain, 3-2
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