A packed, standing-room-only crowd watched a spirited beginning to the Open Division and a number of Junior Champions crowned at the Washington Golden Gloves Saturday night at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD.
In the open bout most fans came to see, Patrick Harris of the Headbangers Gym defeated Drayvontay Speed-Rawls of No Xcuse by decision in a spirited 141-pound contest that had fans of both camps screaming and on their feet throughout the contest. Harris, who is co-trained by his father, Patrick "Boogie" Harris, seemed to be the busier boxer especially in the second and third rounds. Speed-Rawls's uncle, by the way, is former National Golden Gloves champion Eugene "Sonny" Speed.
In the only other Open bout of the night, Gary Antonio Russell of Enigma Boxing scored an RSC-3 over Cesar Rojas of Sugar Ray Leonard Gym in a 123-pound matchup.
In the Junior Division, four champions were crowned after actual boxing matches. Quincey Williams of Tony's Gym won a decision over Jacob Matthews of Enigma to win the 9 Years, 70 Pounds title. Kesean Bagwell of Charm City won the 10 Years, 70 Pounds championship by decision over Jordan Jones of Headbangers. Also, Ronnell Jackson of No Xcuse captured the 16 Years, 119 Pounds title with a decision over Cory Moore of Main Street and Keeshawn Williams, boxing unattached, won the 16 Years, 110 pound title with a win over Rasheed Wright of Headbangers.
Other Junior champions were awarded titles by walkover:
9, 60 Pounds: Ragahleak Bartee (Tony's Gym)
9, 75 Pounds: Lawerence Malcolm (Enigma)
12-13, 100 Pounds: Siete Shuler (Langdon)
13-14, 115 Pounds: Andres Garbiray (Laurel Boxing Club)
14-15, 119 Pounds: Ivan Calixto (Main Street)
Here are the results from Saturday's action in the Novice Division:
141 Pounds: Eric Johnson (Keystone) over Michael Martin (LA Boxing)
141 Pounds: Terry Romualdo (Club One) RET-2 over Donald Nalle (Old School)
141 Pounds: Terrance Smith (Loch Raven) RSC-3 over Mikhail Kozlov (LA Boxing)
152 Pounds: Jacob Gabian (Laurel Boxing Club) over James Poe (Old School)
152 Pounds: Evqueny Metchenov (Laurel Boxing Club) over Kristopher Gatling (Hillcrest)
165 Pounds: Gregory Clark (NOMIS) over Estebain Sanchez (Hillcrest)
201 Pounds: Shaundre Kellem-Gee (Mobtown) RSC-3 over Jeremy Boyle (Sugar Ray Leonard)
Action continues on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 PM at Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center.
To see photos from the event go to Juan Marshall's ProAm Fight Talk http://proamfighttalk.blogspot.com/