Future Stars Begin to Emerge on Night Three of National PAL Championships
(TOLEDO, OHIO) – Day three of the 2012 National PAL Championships showcased the longest night of action in the tournament with 63 bouts taking place at the Seagate Centre in Toledo, Ohio. In the first national event following the Olympic Games, several potential stars have emerged while the veterans are looking to stake their claim on their respective weight divisions.
After several great bouts in the younger age groups, the male and female boxers in the open division took center stage. 2012 Olympic Trials champion Eros Correa (San Jose, Calif.) moved up a weight class to the flyweight division for the 2012 National PAL Championships and he won a 17-12 decision over the U.S. Army’s Charles Williams (Fort Carson, Colo.) to earn a spot in Thursday’s action. Correa will take on a second straight opponent named Williams in the quarterfinals, battling Christian Williams (Chicago, Ill.) in his next bout.
U.S. Olympic Team Trials flyweight competitor Virginia Fuchs (Kemah, Texas) moved up to the featherweight division for the 2012 National PAL Championships and she’s enjoyed success in her new weight division. Fuchs won a high scoring affair with Liz Leddy (Portland, Maine) in Wednesday’s action, taking a 44-22 decision to move on to the featherweight finale. Fuchs will have a large task in Saturday’s final, taking on reigning World Champion Tiara Brown (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) in the championship bout. Brown enjoyed her second convincing victory of the tournament on Wednesday, winning a 32-12 decision over Jen Hamann (Seattle, Wash.).
Defending champion and hometown boxer Albert Bell (Toledo, Ohio) pulled out a close decision over Luis Cortes in his second bout of the event, taking a 6-5 decision to move on to a quarterfinal bout with fellow Ohio native, Mikail Jones (Cincinnati, Ohio).
The upset of the night came in the women’s lightweight division as 17-year-old Rashida Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) defeated World Championships bronze medalist Mikaela Mayer (Los Angeles, Calif.) in their lightweight match-up. Ellis took a strong early lead and Mayer couldn’t recover from her deficit and the teenager went on to win a 28-19 decision and a berth in Saturday’s finals with Olympic Trials participant N’yteeyah Sherman (Barberton, Ohio).
2012 Junior Olympic National Champion Erickson Lubin (Orlando, Fla.) has enjoyed a smooth transition to the open division at the National PAL Championships. He put on an impressive show in Wednesday’s action, stopping Delorien Caraway (St. Paul, Minn.) in the third round of their light welterweight match-up. He will face Gary Martin (Philadelphia, Pa.) in quarterfinal round action on Thursday.
Wednesday was a good night for the Ellis family with both Rashida and her brother Rashidi Ellis (Lynn, Mass.) claiming big victories. Rashidi Ellis stopped Trumaine Charles (Chicago, Ill.) in the second round of their welterweight showdown, advancing Ellis on to the quarterfinal round. Ellis will face former Junior Olympic star Zeddie Adams (Cleveland, Ohio) on Thursday.
Leshawn Rodriguez (Shirley, N.M.) earned a spot in the middleweight division quarterfinals with a 23-10 win over Robert Sweeney (Hampton, Va.).
One of the crowd pleasers of the night took place in the light heavyweight division as 2012 USA Boxing National Championships bronze medalist Anthony Sims, Jr. (Plainfield, Ind.) faced off with hometown boxer Leo Hall (Toledo, Ohio). Heavy shots were flying throughout the bout and both boxers had a point taken by the referee in the second round. Sims held a one-point lead as the final round began and built on his lead over the final three minutes. He went on to win a 20-16 decision over Hall to move on to quarterfinal action. Sims moves on to a quarterfinal match-up with former Under 19 National Champion D’Mitrius Ballard (Temple Hills, Md.) on Thursday.
Another Under 19 National Champion took the ring in heavyweight action and he took care of business quickly in preliminary round action. Joshua Temple (St. Louis, Mo.) stopped Alvin Varmall, Jr. (LA Place, La.) in the first round of their heavyweight bout to advance on to the quarterfinals. He will face Alberto Fundora (Tampa, Fla.) on Thursday.
2012 Olympic Training Partner Stephan Shaw (St. Louis, Mo.) competed in his first bout of the tournament on Wednesday, challenging Kent Brinson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in super heavyweight competition. Shaw’s win moves on him on to championship round action with Charles Martin (Carson, Calif.).
Fifty-eight bouts will be contested on Thursday with the men’s open division moving into quarterfinal round competition and the junior contestants boxing in semifinal action.
11-12-year-old/70 lbs: Judah Rodriguez, Humble, Texas dec. Wayne Lawrence, Jr., Toledo, Ohio, 11-8
11-12-year-old/70 lbs: Ray Ray Robinson, Cincinnati, Ohio, dec. Keon Davis, Norfolk, Va., 2-1
11-12-year-old/80 lbs: Niasheen Williams, Rochester, N.Y., dec. Kyron Curry, Baltimore, Md., 8-4
11-12-year-old/80 lbs: Adrian Benton, Cincinnati, Ohio dec. Devin Young, Cleveland, Ohio, 11-7
13-14-year-old/85 lbs: Rudy Calixto, Delar, Md., dec. Rayvon Williams, Toledo, Ohio, 15-4
13-14-year-old/85 lbs: Keyshawn Davis, Norfolk, Va., dec. Michael Gurrier, Pahokee, Fla., 9-9 (30-29)
13-14-year-old/101 lbs: Leon Lawson, Flint, Mich., dec. Delante Johnson, 16-3
13-14-year-old/101 lbs: Jason Pauley, Jr., won on disqualification over Angel Walker, Detorit, Mich., DQ
13-14-year-old/119 lbs: Christian White, Detroit, Mich., won on disqualification over Terry Owens, Jr., DQ
13-14-year-old/119 lbs: Michael Dutchover, Midland, Texas dec. Steven Galeano, Bronx, N.Y., 11-3
13-14-year-old/125 lbs: Sebastian Fundora, Tampa, Fla., dec. Lamar Hilliard, Columbus, Ohio, 11-6
13-14-year-old/125 lbs: Michael Nelson, Mansfield, Ohio dec. Freddie Williams, Mays Landing, N.J., 17-5
Male open/114 lbs: Stephen Fulton, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. David Carlton, Cincinnati, Ohio, 14-11
Male open/114 lbs: Cristian Williams, Chicago, Ill., dec. Marcus Hicks, Dayton, Ohio, 36-12
Male open/114 lbs: Shawn Simpson, Chicago, Ill., dec. Uriah Bland, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45-16
Male open/114 lbs: Eros Correa, San Jose, Calif., dec. Charles Williams, Fort Carson, Colo., 17-12
Female open/125 lbs: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas dec. Elizabeth Leddy, Portland, Maine, 44-22
Female open/125 lbs: Tiara Brown, Lehigh Acres, Fla., dec. Jen Hamann, Seattle, Wash., 32-12
Male open/132 lbs: Tommy Logan, Winter Haven, Fla., dec. Luis Castro, Edinburg, Texas, 21-8
Female open/132 lbs: Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass., dec. Mikaela Mayer, Los Angeles, Calif., 28-19
Female open/132 lbs: N’yteeyah Sherman, Barbeton, Ohio stopped Nicole Saunders, Port Hueneme, Calif., RSC-3
Male open/132 lbs: Lamont Roach, Jr., Upper Marlboro, Md., dec. Titus Williams, Elmont, N.Y., 37-9
Male open/132 lbs: Albert Bell, Toledo, Ohio dec. Luis Cortes, Henderson, Nev., 6-5
Male open/132 lbs: Mikail Jones, Cincinnati, Ohio, dec. Javar Jones, Indianapolis, Ind., 16-5
Male open/132 lbs: Lavisas Williams, Rochester, N.Y., dec. Glen Dezurn, Baltimore, Md., 23-15
Male open/132 lbs: Travon Smith, Toledo, Ohio, dec. Joshua Jones, Philadelphia, Pa., 19-17
Male open/132 lbs: Kenneth Sims, Jr., Chicago, Ill., dec. Salvador Lopez, Las Vegas, Nev., 25-10
Male open/132 lbs: Erickson Lubin, Orlando, Fla., stopped Delorien Caraway, St. Paul, Minn., RSC-3
Male open/132 lbs: Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga., dec. Salvador Perez, Oxnard, Calif., 33-12
Male open/141 lbs: Damon Allen, Philadelphia, Pa., won on medical disqualification over James Perella, Mansfield, Mass., DQ
Male open/141 lbs: Sonny Frederickson, Toledo, Ohio dec. Anthony Brown, Detroit, Mich., 17-13
Male open/141 lbs: Blair Cobbs, Philadelphia, Pa., won on walkover over Kevin White, Detroit, Mich., W/O
Male open/141 lbs: Gary Martin, Philadelphia, Pa., dec. Michael Goins, Columbus, Ohio, 23-13
Male open/141 lbs: Julian Rodriguez, Paterson, N.J., dec. Evander Lamourt, Tampa, Fla., 20-11
Male open/141 lbs: Martin Murray, Hephzibah, Ga., dec. Tajh Hammonds, Philadelphia, Pa., 19-13
Male open/141 lbs: Kevin Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Poindexter Knight, Philadelphia, Pa., 9-6
Male open/152 lbs: Zeddie Adams, Cleveland, Ohio dec. Roger Robidoux, Arwesasne, N.Y., 19-10
Male open/152 lbs: Samuel Valentin, Land O’ Lakes, Fla., dec. William Hill, Detroit, Mich., 38-22
Male open/152 lbs: Rashidi Ellis, Lynn, Mass., stopped Trumaine Charles, Chicago, Ill., RSC-2
Male open/152 lbs: Wesley Tucker, Toledo, Ohio dec. Tashawn Manuel, Mays Landing, N.J., 17-11
Male open/152 lbs: Jamontay Clark, Cincinnati, Ohio dec. Sammie Millhouse, Bamberg, S.C., 11-6
Male open/152 lbs: Kamil Abdulzhanov, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Dale Davis, Cincinnati, Ohio, 13-9
Male open/152 lbs: Chardale Booker, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. LaDarius Miller, Las Vegas, Nev., 20-13
Male open/152 lbs: Darwin Price, Jr., stopped Paul Kroll, Philadelphia, Pa., RSC-3
Male open/165 lbs: Leshawn Rodriguez, Shirley, N.M., dec. Robert Sweeney, Hampton, Va., 23-10
Male open/165 lbs: Daniel Valdivia, Tulare, Calif., dec. Russell Scott, Cleveland, Ohio, 13-11
Male open/165 lbs: Peter Dobson, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Anthony Flagg, Jr., Detroit, Mich., 11-8
Male open/165 lbs: Carlos Monroe, Stone Mountain, Gal., dec. Jamey Swanson, Las Vegas, Nev., 16-10
Male open/165 lbs: Peter Reyes, Long Island City, N.Y., dec. Marquis Moore, Fort Washington, Md., 23-21
Male open/165 lbs: Roger Ibarra, Houston, Texas dec. Gerald Sherrell, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15-8
Male open/165 lbs: Christopher Galeano, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Rishad Scott, 15-8
Male open/178 lbs: Anthony Sims, Jr., Plainfield, Ind., dec. Leo Hall, Jr., Toledo, Ohio, 20-16
Male open/178 lbs: Nigel Rogers, Lewiston, Pa., dec. Pablo Velez, Jr., Charlotte, N.C., 20-17
Male open/178 lbs: Steven Nelson, Fort Walton Beach, Fla., dec. Ahkiem Nurse, Easton, Pa., 21-10
Male open/178 lbs: D’mitrius Ballard, Temple Hills, Md., dec. Xavier Hayden, Las Vegas, Nev., 21-11
Male open/201 lbs: Christopher Campa stopped Willie Jake, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind., RSC-3
Male open/201 lbs: Robert Biggers, Lexington, Ky., stopped Deonte Manley, Pittsburgh, Pa., RSC-3
Male open/201 lbs: Joshua Temple, St. Louis, Mo., stopped Alvin Varmall, Jr., LA Place, La., RSC-1
Male open/201 lbs: Alberto Fundora, Tampa, Fla., dec. Sardius Simmons, Flint, Mich., 30-6
Male open/201+ lbs: Charles Martin, Carson, Calif., dec. Andrew Coleman, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio, 18-10
Male open/201+ lbs: Stephan Shaw, St. Louis, Mo., dec. Kent Brinson, Colorado Springs, Colo., 30-16