Here are the results from the Regional Golden Gloves Championships held this past Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD:
The Open Division has a new look as for the first time in many years, the Virginia-North Carolina team dominated the competition over DC/Maryland/Delaware, winning five of the seven bouts held.
In two of the marquee matchups, Jalonte Cole of Burke, VA defeated World Series of Boxing participant Tyrek Irby of Oxon Hill, MD to win the 141-Pound division and Troy Isley of Alexandria, VA dethroned two-time regional Golden Gloves champion Tavon Body of Burtonsville, MD to capture the 165-Pound class.
In other bouts in the Open Division, Javon Campbell of Raleigh, NC won the 123-Pound class, defeating Hector Soto of Salisbury, MD. Nicholas Sullivan of Portsmouth, VA won the 132-Pound division by defeating Tommy Avelar of Germantown, MD and Ray Barlow of Raleigh won the 152-Pound division with a victory over Maiwak Dagoot of Bowie, MD.
The only winners for the DC/Maryland/Delaware region on Saturday were Genc Pllana of Hagerstown, MD who defeated Jonathan Housand of Virginia Beach, VA at 178 Pounds and Cortez Dunston of Baltimore, MD won the 201+ Pound championship with a victory over Leander Overby of Hampton, VA.
Here is the 2016 Regional Golden Gloves team that will head to Salt Lake City, UT for the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions May 15-22:
108 Pounds: Rasheed Wright, Washington, DC
114 Pounds: Malik Jackson, Washington, DC
123 Pounds: Javon Campbell, Raleigh, NC
132 Pounds: Nicholas Sullivan, Portsmouth, VA
141 Pounds: Jalonte Cole, Burke, VA
152 Pounds: Ray Barlow, Raleigh, NC
165 Pounds: Troy Isley, Alexandria, VA
178 Pounds: Genc Pllana, Hagerstown, MD
201 Pounds: Johnathen Surratt, Fort Washington, MD
201+ Pounds: Cortez Dunston, Baltimore, MD
In the Novice Division, the DC/MD/DE region won five of the scheduled eight bouts. Marcus Johnson of Silver Spring, MD won the 123-pound title with a victory over Ian Homan of Fairfax Station, VA. At 141 Pounds, Leroy Payne of Oxon Hill, MD was victorious over Khari Clinkscales of Centreville, VA. At 178 Pounds, Leonard Poe of Fort Washington, MD won the title with a victory over Ter-Ryan Rogers of Richmond, VA.
Two of the victories in the region came from Delaware. Mike Crain of Smyrna took the 152-pound division with a win over Darius Lard of Woodbridge, VA and Thomas Mottinger of Seaford captured the 201-Pound title with a win over William Jones of Petersburg, VA.
Also in the Novice Division, Nestor Rodriguez-Sanchez of New Bern, NC won the 132-pound championship with a win over Blaze Fidler of Andrews Air Force Base. Christian Fayne of Richmond defeated Ashton Sykes of Columbia, MD to win the 165-pound class and Trey Gaines of Lynchburg, VA won the 201+-pound division with a victory over Jimmy Speros of Great Falls, VA.
One other note from the Regionals: Apparently someone walked off with the Golden Gloves Championship logo banner. They would like to have it returned. Here is a statement from the Washington Golden Gloves organization:
“At the Washington Golden Gloves Regional Championships on Saturday night, April 30, at Rosecroft Raceway, the Washington, DC Golden Gloves banner, which was hung just outside the room for the DC/Maryland boxers, was taken. If anyone knows of its whereabouts, it would be very much appreciated if it was returned to the main office at Rosecroft, no questions asked. This banner represents all of the Golden Gloves boxers from the DC/Maryland region and they and their families are proud to use it as the backdrop for photo opportunities at the championship finals. It means so much to so many, and it is hung so that everyone (boxers, coaches, parents, siblings and friends) might get use from it. Thank you in advance for doing the right thing!”