The DC Team captured the 2012 Belfast-Beltway Boxing Classic by a score of 6-3. Truly however, everyone at the Marriott Washington Wardman Park Hotel in DC benefited from great boxing which also included a tremendous level of sportsmanship. The young Irish boxers were very talented and held their own through the majority of the bouts. Here, once again, are the results:
The bout voted fight of the night by the crowd was Gervonta "Tank" Davis win over Joseph Fitzpatrick at 126 pounds. This was the least competitive bout of the night. Most of the watchers in attendance were not diehard boxing fans, but they enjoyed the skill of the 2012 National Golden Gloves champion from Upton Gym in Baltimore.
My choice for fight of the night was the 111-pound bout between Dwayne Holmes of Diamonds N The Ruff and Conal Quinn. This was, in my opinion, the most competitive bout of the night. Holmes did well enough toward the end of the bout to win it, but many people in the crowd thought Quinn of the Ardoyne Holy Cross gym might have won that one.
The most impressive Irish boxer of the evening was a young man named TJ Waite from the Cairn Lodge Boxing Club. Waite won the first bout for the Visitors Select team and he put on a great show against a very talented boxer from the Beltway region -- Lawrence Singh of the Headbangers Gym -- at 111 pounds. This was a rough bout at times but Waite did a great job hanging in there.
Here are the rest of the results:
108 Pounds: Danardo Johnstone (Kentland) over. Conor McLarnon (Ardoyne Holy Cross)
145 Pounds: Michael Peoples (Old School) over Lewis Crocker (Cairn Lodge)
130 Pounds: Sean Higginson (St. Agnes) over Jordan Peters (Old School)
133 Pounds: Malik Jackson (Limelite) vs. Gerard Matthews (St. Paul's)
130 Pounds: Ashton Jones (Spennymore) over Alfredo Weeks VI (Supreme Defence)
145 Pounds: Russell Gaskins (Enigma) over Jamie Kennedy (Toome)
156 Pounds: Daquan Johnson of Sugar Ray Leonard and Gary Dodds (Spennymore) competed in a training session -- no winner here.