BOXING: The Opening Day of Competition is Complete at the 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championship

March 09, 2008, 1 a.m. (ET)
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.)-The opening day of U.S. Future Stars National Championship competition moved into evening action on Sunday night at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Welterweight action opened the session with a high-speed match between Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) and 2007 Junior Olympic National Champion Wesley Padilla (Rock Springs, Wyo.). Errol maintained a quick pace to defeat Padilla, 17-7. The next match-up featured middleweights Shawn Porter (Stow, Ohio) and Michael Gavronski (North Bend, Wash.). Porter, the 2007 National Golden Gloves champion and Olympic Trials participant, started round one with fast and sharp combinations to give him a lead of 14-1, and went on to win by stoppage in the second round. The United States Army's Zacchaeus Hardrick (Fort Carson, Colo.) and Richard Hardgraves (San Francisco, Calif.) faced off in a hotly-contested bout in middleweight action. Hardrick's agility and quickness won him the bout by decision, 15-8. Other middleweights moving on in the competition were Jesse Hart (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Ramon Valenzuela (Chicago, Ill.), who each won their respective matches by decision. Light heavyweight Dorian Anthony (Lynwood, Calif.) started his bout strong and never let up in his match-up with Rodney Ellison. He ended the first round with 4-0 edge before taking the bout on a 17-4 final decision. Thomas Williams (Laurel, Md.) and Andrew Hernandez (Phoenix, Ariz.) will advance to the next round as well. 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championships preliminary action will continue Monday at noon at the U.S. Olympic Training Center with 38 bouts of outstanding competition. Evening Preliminary Results 152 lbs/69 kg: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas, dec. Wesley Padilla, Rock Springs, Wyo., 17-7 165 lbs/75 kg: Shawn Porter, Stow, Ohio, stopped Michael Gavronski, North Bend, Wash., RSCO-2 165 lbs/75 kg: Zacchaeus Hardrick, Fort Carson, Colo., dec. Richard Hardgraves, San Francisco, Calif., 15-8 165 lbs/75 kg: Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Andre Penn, Rapids City, S.D., 13-9 165 lbs/75 kg: Ramon Valenzuela, Chicago, Ill., dec. Chap Huggins, Ft. Worth, Texas, 24-17 178 lbs/81 kg: Thomas Williams, Laurel, Md. dec. Jerry Martin, Norfolk, Va., 14-5 178 lbs/81 kg: Dorian Anthony, Lynwood, Calif., dec. Rodney Ellison, Cheyenne, Wyo., 17-4 178 lbs/81 kg: Andrew Hernandez, Phoenix, Ariz., def. Adam Axelson, Bozeman, Mont.
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