GOLDEN GLOVES MOVES BACK TO UPS
Several familiar faces will be back to duke it out at the 65th Annual Golden Gloves Boxing Championships on Jan. 18-19, which this year will be moving back to the University of Puget Sound Fieldhouse for the finals for the first time since 2002.
“It’s a really great venue for boxing,” said Tacoma Boxing Club coach Tom Mustin. “The crowd loves it. It’s good to be back home.”
Mustin will bring several well-tested boxers into the event, including last year’s 132-pound champion Jerrell Barbour and Hector Rendon, last year’s 123-pound champion who advanced to the national tournament and earned the bronze medal.
“He’s a great body puncher,” said Mustin of Rendon, adding that the key is to “just get him to use his jab and go to the body.”
Nick Jefferson, the 141-pound champ last year, also returns, and 6-foot-6 former national runner-up Marquice Weston returns in the heavyweight class to provide some excitement.
Tacoma Boxing Club also features Jaime Sandoval – who competed last year – in the 152-pound class, and talented lefty Marcus Reed and Taylor Shirley in the 165-pound class.
Mustin will also put Dougan Lawton – who features a 12-0 record with 10 stoppages – in the 178-pound category and superheavyweight Elvis Garcia, who has commuted back and forth from Hermiston, Ore. to train.
“He’s always in great shape and throws a lot of punches,” said Mustin of Garcia. “He’s really dedicated. That’s going to help him.”
In addition, Jessica Frazier (formerly Jessica Chambers) will return to box in the 125-pound female category.
The out-of-town challengers are highlighted by British Columbia’s Kenny Lally – a 2011 Canadian amateur boxing champion – in the 123-pound class as a challenger to Barbour. Mustin added that many of the weight classes, including the 165-pound category, have five or six boxers which will require the championship bout to take place on Jan. 20. The preliminaries will be held on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Al Davies Boys and Girls Club, with tickets available at the door. The finals will be held on Jan. 19 at the University of Puget Sound Fieldhouse at 7 p.m., with general admission tickets for $16 and floor seating for $28. Tickets are available by calling (253) 879-3236, visiting HYPERLINK "http://tickets.ups.edu" http://tickets.ups.edu or at the door.
Golden Gloves winners will again qualify for this year’s regional tournament, to be held in Las Vegas in mid-March. The national tournament will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah in late March.
By Jeremy Helling
TITANS GET BIG WIN OVER PIERCE
The Tacoma Community College men’s basketball team got out to a blazing start and topped Pierce College 80-68 in their NWAACC West Division opener at home on Jan. 5.
The Titans jumped out to a 42-22 halftime lead, as they were 5-for-8 from three-point range while limiting the Raiders to just over 28 percent shooting from the field.
Adrian Harper led the way for TCC, hitting two three-pointers and going 7-for-8 from the field for a team-high 18 points, while adding nine rebounds. Jibreel Stevens had 16 points, four assists and two steals, and Josh Lord had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Titans. Devin Matthews led Pierce with 22 points, while Tyrell Lewis and Braydon Kuiper added 11 points apiece for the Raiders.
The Titans overcame a four-point halftime deficit for an 82-71 win at Grays Harbor on Jan. 7, as Demetrius Smith had 23 points for TCC, while Lord added 17 points and six assists. The Titans’ Julian Vaughn was 7-for-10 from the field and totaled 16 points, Darnell Williams added 13 points and Damani Coley had a team-high seven rebounds and four blocks. The Titans’ defense again stepped up, limiting the Chokers to just 10-for-35 from the field in the second half as TCC gained the momentum.
At 2-0 in division play and 9-4 overall on the year, the Titans will travel to Highline on Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. and to South Puget Sound on Jan. 16 at 8 p.m.
TCC WOMEN PICK UP TWO WINS
The Tacoma Community College women’s basketball team also picked up wins over Pierce College and Grays Harbor to move to 2-0 in division play, with a 6-4 overall record on the season.
The Titans topped Pierce 65-61 on Jan. 5, as Alexus Grant helped lead the way with 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven steals. The Titans limited the Raiders to just 29 percent shooting from the field, and shot out to a 37-26 lead at halftime before Pierce climbed back in it. Angie Sanchez finished with two three-pointers and had 16 points and six rebounds, while Patrice Polk added nine points and 10 rebounds for the Titans. Carli Elwin led Pierce with 14 points while adding five steals, and Alexa Goodenow had 11 points, eight rebounds and five steals for the Raiders.
The Titans won 70-61 at Grays Harbor on Jan. 7 for their fourth straight victory, as Grant again led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds. The TCC defense was stifling again, forcing the Chokers into 37 turnovers which translated into 34 points for the Titans. Kristiana Strickland had a team-high seven steals for the Titans while adding 12 points.
Polk had 14 points, six rebounds and five steals for TCC, while Sanchez added 11 points, six assists, five rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Bobbi Britt led the Chokers with a game-high 28 points and 14 rebounds.
The Titans look to continue their streak with a game at Highline on Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. before traveling to South Puget Sound on Jan. 16 at 6 p.m.
BATTLE AT THE BOAT RESULTS
Rob Frankel topped Jermaine White in the fifth round of the main event at Battle at the Boat 90 at the Emerald Queen Casino on Jan. 6.
Scheduled for 10 rounds, Frankel (31-12-1) came away with the unanimous technical decision victory over Jermaine White (17-5-0). Frankel had control throughout the whole fight, including landing two knockdowns that put White in serious trouble in the second round. In the 5th round, White head-butted Frankel, which was ruled accidental, but the doctor ruled that Frankel could not continue which stopped the fight and sent the decision to the cards, where the judges ruled unanimously in favor of Frankel.
Making his professional debut, Zachary Cooper knocked out Rafael Umarov early in the first round of an undercard bout. In the semi-main event, Marcelino Pineda moved to 3-0-0 with an admirable performance against Carlos Rodriguez. After a knockdown in the third round, the referee stopped the fight due giving Pineda his third technical knockout in as many fights.
Other bouts featured Dex Montenegro defeating Angel Diaz in the second round, Frankie Orr defeating Enoch Wilson in the second round, Juan Martinez defeating Cory Vom Baur and Daryl Gardner defeating Ricardo Pinell.
Halquist Productions’ next event, CageSport XXIII, is scheduled for Feb. 16 at the Emerald Queen Casino. For more information on Battle at the Boat and all other Halquist Production events, please visit http://www.halquistproductions.com.