The 2015 Regional Golden Gloves champions in the Open and Novice Divisions were crowned Saturday night in front of a large crowd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
The DC Region will send a solid group of Open Division boxers to Las Vegas, NV for the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions May 10-17 as the region looks to have a national champion for the sixth consecutive year.
Capitol Heights, MD 132-pounder Keeshawn Williams won the Truman E. Tuttle Memorial Outstanding Boxer Award after an impressive win over Roger Belch III of Newport News, VA.
At 152 Pounds, Shynggyskhan Tazhibay of Rockville, MD won a decision over Matthew Abregu of Leesburg, VA while his Headbangers gymmate, Tavon Body of Burtonsville, MD captured his second straight 165-pound regional title with a win over Clinso Brumfield of Alexandria, VA.
Another returnee to the nationals will be Milik Titus of Baltimore, MD who will make his second trip after defeating Benjamin Dobbs of Virginia Beach, VA in the 201-pound final.
Also, Justin Bell of District Heights, MD won by walkover at 178 Pounds to put him on the DC Region team heading to the nationals for the second year in a row.
Unlike in recent years, where the DC/Maryland portion dominated the Open Division slots, four of the 10 members of the 2015 Open team will come from the Virginia/North Carolina division of the region. One of the four will be Diego Abregu of Leesburg. Abregu won by walkover at 141 Pounds when 2014 National Golden Gloves champion Gary Antuanne Russell pulled out of the tournament because of a bad shoulder.
Making his third trip to the nationals will be Jonathan Howard III of Wilmington, NC. Howard won the 108-pound championship with a win over Demetrius Young of Bowie, MD. Also, DeWayne Beamon of Goldsboro, NC advanced to the Nationals by medical walkover.
Here is the 2015 Regional Golden Gloves Team:
108 Pounds: Jonathan Howard III, Wilmington, NC
114 Pounds: Jordan White, Waldorf, MD
123 Pounds: DeWayne Beamon, Goldsboro, NC
132 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams, Capitol Heights, MD
141 Pounds: Diego Abregu, Leesburg, VA
152 Pounds: Shynggyskhan Tazhibay, Rockville, MD
165 Pounds: Tavon Body, Burtonsville, MD
178 Pounds: Justin Bell, District Heights, MD
201 Pounds: Milik Titus, Baltimore, MD
201+ Pounds: Christopher Laws, Hampton, VA
Here are the Novice Division Champions for 2015:
114 Pounds: Kevin Pendergrass, Suitland, MD
123 Pounds: Jacob Garcia, Sterling, VA
132 Pounds: Donnell Poe, Fort Washington, MD
141 Pounds: Dante Cox, Severn, MD
152 Pounds: Sippriano Zelldon, Silver Spring, MD
165 Pounds: Aaron Anderson, Baltimore, MD
178 Pounds: Darryl Lane, Washington, MD
201 Pounds: Jonathen Surratt, Fort Washington, MD
201+ Pounds: Timothy Crawford, Washington, DC