A standing-room only crowd at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center in Palmer Park, MD saw an exciting night of Washington Golden Gloves action during the first of two weeks of semi-final action.
We start in the Open Division where there were a number of quality matchups. The marquee bout was in the 141 Pound class where Gary Antuanne Russell (Enigma) began his quest to be the fourth member of his family to win a National Golden Gloves title by defeating former 114-pound regional champion Gregory Outlaw (Sugar Ray Leonard). Both men traded very well through the first two rounds of the bout. However, Russell took over in the third and used his speed and accuracy to win the contest.
Russell is slated to face Montell Pridgett (UMAR) in the 141-Pound championship finals on March 29 at the Waldorf Jaycees in Waldorf, MD. Pridgett defeated Jonathan Ludson (Monsters, Inc.) in the other 141 Pound semifinal.
Russell's older brother, 2013 National Golden Gloves champion Gary Antonio Russell, advanced to walkover in the 123 Pound division via walkover.
There will be a new Regional Golden Gloves champion in the 165 Pound division. Tavon Body (Headbangers) defeated defending regional champion Jerome Featherstone (Baltimore Boxing) in a very close bout. Also in the 165 Pound class, Maiwak Dagoot (Down Under) defeated Tavon Marshall (Upton) and Russell Gaskins (Enigma) advanced via walkover. These three winners, along with Maynard Sterling (Down Under) who won by walkover on March 8, will move into next week's semis at Sugar Ray Leonard Center.
Here the results of the other Open Bouts from Saturday:
132 Pounds: Jalonte Cole (No Xcuse) over Andrew Barrett (Laurel)
152 Pounds: Zarifbek Nishanbaev (Raw Assassin) over Alonzo Thompson (Cherry Lane)
152 Pounds: Malik Hawkins (Upton) over Drayvontay Speed-Rawls (Enigma)
178 Pounds: Justin Bell (No Xcuse) over Teaquone Nance (NOMIS)
Four other boxers advanced by walkover:
114 Pounds: Paul Jerry (unattached)
132 Pounds: Jalen Jones (Limelite)
165 Pounds: Russell Gaskins (Enigma)
201 Pounds: Stephon Morris (UMAR)
Here are the results from action in the Novice Division:
123 Pounds: Preston Gatling (Hillcrest) over Johnny Peterson (Sugar Ray Leonard)
132 Pounds: Taylor Woodland (Woodland) over Cory Snowden (No Xcuse)
141 Pounds: Gregory Blakeney (Dream Team) over Gorwar Karyah (Tony's Gym)
152 Pounds: Monyae Gregory (Upton) over Andre Harris (Club One)
152 Pounds: Shynggskhan Tazhibay (Raw Assassin) over Christopher Perkins (Woodland)
165 Pounds: Dayshawn Jones (UMAR) over Carl Harper (Sugar Ray Leonard)
178 Pounds: Demarvea Cutchember (Cross 4 Christ) over Leonard Poe (Hillcrest)
201+ Pounds: Carlos Black (Champions) RSC-1 over Rogers Taylor (Woodland)
Four boxers advanced by walkover:
123 Pounds: Albert Sostre (Sugar Ray Leonard)
141 Pounds: Siprano Zeledon (Headbangers)
141 Pounds: Delante Perkins (Cherry Lane)
165 Pounds: Tyrell Boyd (Upton)
The final two champions were crowned in the Junior Division:
14-15, 150 Pounds: Jaseye Stephens (Hagerstown) over Damien White, Jr. (Tony's Gym)
13-14, 115 Pounds Female: Mia Ellis (Upton) over Jasmine Garland (UMAR)
The second night of semifinal action will be Saturday, March 22 at the Sugar Ray Leonard Boxing Center beginning at 7:30 PM.