BOXING: Two Days in the Books at the 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championship
(COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO.)-Thirty-four bouts were contested Monday night at the 2008 U.S. Future Stars National Championship at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, concluding the busiest day of the week-long tournament with some high-caliber matches. In an eagerly-anticipated early round match-up in the middleweight (165 lbs) division, Luis Arias (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Dominic Wade (Largo, Md.) squared off in a contest that could easily have been mistaken for a championship round match. After Wade jumped out to an early lead, Arias adjusted to take the advantage at the close of the first round, 7-5. From there, Arias would never relinquish the lead, using a strong third round (6-1) to expand his lead and win by decision, 19-12. Arias said after the match that he had a gameplan going in, and his ability to execute it led to his victory. "I know he's good and I know his rep," Arias said of Wade. "I needed to just stay with him and gradually pick him apart. I just kept my hands up and made sure I had some power." Another highlight-worthy match-up in the middleweight division featured 2007 Golden Gloves Champion Shawn Porter (Stow, Ohio) taking on Zach Hardrick (Ft. Carson, Colo.) in a stark contrast of styles. Porter, at 5-foot-8, was able to use his explosive power and quickness to get inside on the 6-foot-4 Hardrick and grabbed an early 9-2 lead after one round. After a relatively quiet round in the second, Porter came back with more impressive flurries in the third, and the official stopped the contest. Porter said the match-up played right into his strengths. "I'm a fast-paced fighter," Porter said. "Anybody who fights me knows that if they take me four rounds it's going to be a hard four rounds. That's just how I fight." The Porter-Hardrick match was immediately followed up by an impressive fourth-round comeback effort in the heavyweight (201 lbs) division. Craig Lewis (Detroit, Mich.), on the back of a six-point third round, held a commanding 11-5 lead over the U.S. Army's Joe Guzman (Ft. Carson, Colo.) heading into the final round. Guzman would make a furious comeback in the fourth and, behind a supportive crowd that included several boxers from the U.S. Navy, took the lead briefly before Lewis landed a late shot to tie the score at 13 at the end of the fourth, forcing a split decision. The decision went to Lewis, who advanced to Tuesday's quarterfinals. "I didn't know I was behind until I felt the tension coming out of the corner, and something just told me that I had to land a great shot," Lewis said. Action resumes Tuesday with men's and women's quarterfinal action at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. The afternoon session begins at noon local time, with the evening session starting at 6:00 p.m. Preliminary Round Results 112 lbs/51 kg: Bruno Escalante, Waimanalo, Hawaii dec. Terail Singlton, St. Louis, Mo., 15-7 112 lbs/51 kg: Adam Lopez, San Antonio, Texas dec. Louie Padilla, Las Vegas, Nev., 12-8 125 lbs/57 kg: Lesley Walker, Las Vegas, Nev. dec. Rosey Summerville, Sumter, S.C., 8-3 125 lbs/57 kg: Glenn Dezurn, Baltimore, Md. stopped David Green, Monroe, La., RSC-1 125 lbs/57 kg: Mercedes Manriguez, Houston, Texas dec. Alexis Ramon, Fort Carson, Colo.-Army, 9-8 125 lbs/57 kg: Nicholas Chin, Port St. Lucie, Fla. dec. Lean Gumboc, Wailuku, Hawaii, 31-15 125 lbs/57 kg: Derrick Murray, St. Louis, Mo. stopped Ryan Schmidt, Grand Rapids, Mich., RSC-4 125 lbs/57 kg: Guy Robb Jr., Sacramento, Calif. dec. Vincent Montoya, Cheyenne, Wyo., 15-13 125 lbs/57 kg: Robert Rodriguez, Evans Colo. dec. Amir Iman, Albany, N.Y., 16-9 125 lbs/57 kg: Andre Ramirez, Camp Lejeune, N.C. - USMC dec. Jesse Carnell, Jerome, Idaho, 22-12 141 lbs/64 kg: Jared Robinson, Sumpter, S.C. stopped Ryan Soft, McLaughlin, S.D., RSC-3 141 lbs/64 kg: Daniel O'Conner, Framingham, Mass. dec. Michael Brooks, Oceanside, N.Y., 7-0 141 lbs/64 kg: Oscar Soto, St. Paul, Minn. dec. Juan Ulloa, Bend, Ore., 22-11 141 lbs/64 kg: Charles Watson, Johnson City, Tenn. stopped Earl Fitts, Wailuku, Hawaii, RSC-2 141 lbs/64 kg: Emmanual Taylor, Edgewood, Md. dec. Ronnie Reams, Colorado Springs, Colo., 20-13 141 lbs/64 kg: Jeff Strum, Wichita, Kansas dec. Termaine Woodward, Marquette, Mich. - NMU, 11-6 141 lbs/64 kg: Adrian Granados, North Riverside, Ill. dec. Luis Mora, Los Angeles, Calif., 18-8 165 lbs/75 kg: Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Pa. dec. Ramon Valenzuela, Chicago, Ill., 26-2 165 lbs/75 kg: Shawn Porter, Stow, Ohio stopped Zach Hardrick. Fort Carson, Colo. - Army, RSC-3 165 lbs/75 kg: Christopher Chapman, San Diego, Calif. dec. Jesse Correa, Albuquerque, N.M., 15-14 165 lbs/75 kg: Aleem Whitfield, Geneva, N.Y. dec. Dennis Douglin, Morganville, N.J., 11-9 165 lbs/75 kg: Cerresso Fort, St. Paul, Minn. dec. Keande Leatherwood, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 11-10 165 lbs/75 kg: James Taylor, San Diego, Calif. - Navy dec. Joe Strong, Midwest City, Okla., 18-4 165 lbs/75 kg: Luis Arias, Milwuakee Wis. dec. Dominic Wade, Largo, Md. 19-12 165 lbs/75 kg: Lamar Russ, Fayettville, N.C. dec. Jonothan Culbertson, Camp Lejeune, N.C. - USMC, 20-5 201 lbs/91 kg: Donnavan Dennis, Davenport, Iowa stopped David Thompson, Brooklyn, N.Y., RSC-4 201 lbs/91 kg: James Thomas, San Diego, Calif. dec. Joey Dawejko, Philadelphia, Pa., 12-10 201 lbs/91 kg: Michael Bissett, Smyrna, Tenn. stopped Sifou Sua, Murray, Utah, RSC-2 201 lbs/91 kg: Akeem Holland, Fairfield, Calif. dec. James Sterling - Air Force, 33-4 201 lbs/91 kg: Paul Koon, Philadelphia, Pa. dec. Yuwshua Zadok, Atlanta, Ga., 19-18 201 lbs/91 kg: Craig Lewis, Detroit, Mich. Dec. Joe Guzman, Fort Carson, Colo.-Army, +13-13 201 lbs/91 kg: Craig Baker, Baytown Texas stopped David Imoesiri, Seattle, Wash., RSC-3, 1:36 201 lbs/91 kg: Jeremiah Graziano, Lenexa, Kansas stopped Jerome Amato, Camp Lejeune, N.C. - USMC, RSC-2, 1:57 TUESDAY, MARCH 11TH, QUARTERFINAL BOUT SHEETS Noon Session Ring 1 Bout 1: 106 lbs/48 kg: Malcolm Franklin, Colorado Springs, Colo. vs. Stephen Young, St. Louis, Mo. Bout 2: 106 lbs/48 kg: Fabian Cervantes, Ableta, Calif.. vs. Keola McKee, Wailuku, Hawaii Bout 3: 119 lbs/54 kg: Teddy Padilla, Santa Ana, Calif. vs. Antonio Nieves, Cleveland, Ohio Bout 4: 132 lbs/female: Camille Currie, Brooklyn, N.Y. vs. Katonya Fisher, Bakersville, Calif. Bout 5: 132 lbs/60 kg: Miguel Gonzales, Cleveland, Ohio vs. Duran Caferro, Helena, Mon. Bout 6: 132 lbs/60 kg: Brett Simmons, East Cleveland, Ohio vs. Fidel Maldonado, Albaquerque, N.M Bout 7: 138 lbs/female: Triva Pino, Honolulu, Hawaii vs. Ishika Lay, Jacksonville, Fla. Bout 8: 152 lbs/69 kg: Greg Carter, Waterbury, Conn. vs. Joshua Gomez, El Paso, Texas Bout 9: 154 lbs/female: Dequesa Martinez, Denver, Colo. vs. Bambi Manzo, Baytown, Texas Bout 10: 178 lbs/81 kg: DeRae Crane, Marquette, Mich. vs. Lionell Thompson Bout 11: 178 lbs/81 kg: Thomas Williams, Laurel, Md. vs. Dorian Anthony, Lynwood, Calif. Bout 12: 201+ lbs/91+ kg: Tor Hamer, New York, N.Y. vs. James Medlock, Country Club Hills, Ill. Ring 2 Bout 1: 106 lbs/48 kg: Louie Byrd, Denver, Colo. vs. Hector Torres, New Haven, Conn. Bout 2: 119 lbs/54 kg: Roman Morales, San Ardo, Calif. vs. Aaron Loya, St. Louis, Mo. Bout 3: 119 lbs/54 kg: Paul Romero, Phoenix, Ariz vs. Shawn Nichol, Lakewood, Colo. Bout 4: 132 lbs/female: Caroline Barry, Colorado Springs, Colo. vs. Stephanie Han, El Paso, Texas Bout 5: 132 lbs/60 kg: Eric Altamirano, Concord, Calif. vs. Jesse Carradine, Cincinnati, Ohio Bout 6: 138 lbs/female: Jessica Owens, Norfolk, Va. vs. Kimberly Rose, San Diego, Calif. Bout 7: 152 lbs/69 kg: Jose Elizondo, Carson, Nev. vs. Jovante Starks, Maples, Minn. Bout 8: 152 lbs/69 kg: Leandre White, Detroit, Mich. vs. Errol Spence, Desota, Texas Bout 9: 154 lbs/female: Heather Hartman, Hayward, Calif. vs. Lisa Kuronya, Portland, Mass. Bout 10: 178 lbs/81 kg: Michael Faulk, St. Paul, Minn. vs. Kelly Buchanan, Corsicana, Texas Bout 12: 201+ lbs/91+ kg: Alex Rivera, Coachella, Calif. vs. Tor Hamer, New York, N.Y. Bout 13: 201+ lbs/91+ kg: Andrew Shepard, Fort Carson, Colo. ' Army vs. Tavon Sol, Baltimore, Md Ring 3 Bout 1: 106 lbs/48 kg: Sergio Ramirez, Omaha, Neb. vs. Gino Padilla, Las Vegas, Nev. Bout 2: 119 lbs/54 kg: Ronny Rios, Santa Ana, Calif. vs. Jerry Guevara, Brownsville, Texas Bout 3: 132 lbs/female: Liz Leddy, Portland, Maine vs. Jessica Chambers, Tacoma, Wash. Bout 4: 132 lbs/female: Sarah Schmadl, Marinette, Wis. vs. Althea Saunders, Atlantic City, N.J. Bout 5: 132 lbs/60 kg: Shemuel Pagan, Brooklyn, N.Y. vs. Eric Fowler, Montgomery, Texas Bout 6: 138 lbs/female: Queen Underwood, Seattle, Wash. vs. Crystal Wortman, Panama City, Fla. Bout 7: 152 lbs/69 kg: Jeremiah Wiggins, Newport News, Va. vs. Anthony Campbell, Covington, Tenn. Bout 8: 154 lbs/female: Grace Parks, Bellingham, Wash. vs. Tia Daniels, Palm Bay, Fla. Bout 9: 154 lbs/female: Maria Torres, Norfolk, Neb. vs. Franchon Crews, Capitol Heights, Md. Bout 10: 178 lbs/81 kg: Jeffery Spencer, Fort Carson, Colo. ' Army vs. Jeff Page, Andover, Kansas Bout 11: 201+ lbs/91+ kg: Lester King, Lacey, Wash. vs. Lenroy Thompson, Port. St. Lucie, Fla. Evening Session Ring 1 Bout 1: 112 lbs/51 kg: Michael Ruiz, Fresno, Calif. vs. Mike Herrera, Arroyo Seco, N.M. Bout 2: 112 lbs/51 kg: Bruno Escalante, Waimanalo, Hawaii vs. Adam Lopez, San Antonio, Texas Bout 3: 125 lbs/57 kg: Robert Rodriguez, Evans Colo. vs. Andre Ramirez, Camp Lejeune, N.C. ' USMC Bout 4: 125 lbs/female: Jody-Ann Weller, Pomona, N.Y. vs. Patricia Manuel, Garden, Calif. Bout 5: 125 lbs/female: Ashley Barnett, Cleveland, Ohio vs. Alexandria Cardenas, San Angelo, Texas Bout 6: 141 lbs/64 kg: Jeff Strum, Wichita, Kansas vs. Jared Robinson, Sumter, N.C. Bout 7: 141 lbs/female: Jackie Peterson, Vancouver, Wash. vs. Nakisha Copeland, Aiken, S.C. Bout 8: 165 lbs/75 kg: Lamar Russ, Fayetteville, N.C. vs. Christopher Chapman, San Diego, Calif. Bout 9: 201 lbs/91 kg: Jeremiah Graziano, Lenexa, Kansas vs. Craig Lewis, Detroit, Mich. Bout 10: 201 lbs/91 kg: Paul Koon, Philadelphia, Pa. vs. Donnavan Dennis, Davenport, Iowa Ring 2 Bout 1: 112 lbs/51 kg: Randy Caballero, Coachella, Calif. vs. Johnny Determan, Omaha, Neb. Bout 2: 119 lbs/female: Latonya King, Warren, Mich. vs. Raelene Pineda, San Bernardino, Calif. Bout 3: 125 lbs/57 kg: Mercedes Manriquez, Houston, Texas vs. Nicholas Chin, Port St. Lucie, Fla. Bout 4: 125 lbs/female: Diedra Rhodes, St. Louis, Mo. vs. Victoria Munoz-Cardoza, Dallas, Texas Bout 5: 141 lbs/64 kg: Emanuel Taylor, Edgewood, Md. vs. Adrian Granados, North Riverside, Ill. Bout 6: 141 lbs/64 kg: Jamal James, Minneapolis, Minn. vs. Dan O'Conner, Framington, Mass. Bout 7: 145 lbs/female: Jennifer Fenn-Wolfe, Austin, Texas vs. Brittany Inkrote, Red Lion, Pa. Bout 8: 165 lbs/75 kg: Aleem Whitfield, Geneva, N.Y. vs. Cerresso Fort, St. Paul, Minn. Bout 9: 201 lbs/91 kg: Akeem Holland, Fairfield, Calif. vs. Craig Barker, Baytown, Texas Ring 3 Bout 1: 112 lbs/51 kg: Danny Lozano, Bowling Green, Fla. vs. Raul Lopez, Bronx, N.Y. Bout 2: 125 lbs/57 kg: Derrick Murray, St. Louis, Mo. vs. Guy Robb, Sacramento, Calif. Bout 3: 125 lbs/57 kg: Glenn Dezurn, Baltimore, Md. vs. Lesley Walker, Las Vegas, Nev. Bout 4: 125 lbs/female: Cherrie Moyer, Garden City, N.Y. vs. Carmen Montes, Oxnard, Calif. Bout 5: 141 lbs/64 kg: Oscar Soto, St. Paul, Minn. vs. Charles Watson, Johnson City, Tenn. Bout 6: 145 lbs/female: Christina Swanson, Hollywood, Fla. vs. Suzana Rodriguez, Plymouth, Ind. Bout 7: 165 lbs/75 kg: James Taylor, San Diego, Calif. - Navy vs. Luis Arias, Milwaukee, Wis. Bout 8: 165 lbs/75 kg: Shawn Porter, Stow, Ohio vs. Jesse Hart, Philadelphia, Pa. Bout 9: 201 lbs/91 kg: Michael Bissett, Smyna, Tenn. vs. Joey Dawejko, Philadelphia, Pa.