Boxers give knock-out performance

Central Oregon Boxing Club hosts tournament

by: Photo By Christina M. Crockett - Central Oregon boxer Miguel Vasquez, right, defeated Washington's Edgar Contreras on Sunday and went 1-1 in the weekend boxing tournament at Westide Elementary School.

The Central Oregon Boxing Club was awarded with a hefty turnout of spectators as the nonprofit organization hosted the Central Oregon Classic and the Oregon State Silver Gloves tournament last weekend at Westside Elementary.
   About 10 boxing clubs from throughout Oregon, Washington and California showed up in Madras for a weekend of amateur boxing at its best.
   During Saturday night's event, there was a total of 28 bouts. The Westside Elementary school gym filled up with spectators, who cheered on their favorite young boxers throughout the evening.
   "Our turnout was awesome. We had a lot of comments from other (boxing) coaches and officials on how well the tournament was run and how good the bouts were," said Central Oregon coach Mark Evans.
   On Saturday night, boxers from the Warm Springs Boxing Club competed and gave some impressive performances during the evening. Johnny Smith, 15, boxed in the 145-pound weight class and gave a solid show in defeating Daniel Burgess of the Tacoma Boxing Club. In a hard fought bout, 16-year-old Trevor Tewee was victorious over his Tacoma opponent, while
   Jasper Smith, 14, lost a close decision to Central Oregon's Antonio Villenueva in the 125-pound weight class.
   The championship rounds were held on Sunday afternoon, which included a total of 22 bouts for the afternoon. Central Oregon's young boxers competed with the best in their class, holding their own against some of the Northwest's best amateur boxers.
   Central Oregon boxer Miguel Vasquez, 9, went 1-1 in match bouts in the 70-pound division and defeated Edgar Contreras of Washington's De La Rosa boxing club on Sunday. Competing in the 75-pound division, 10-year-old Jesus Retano went 1-1 in the State Silver Gloves tournament, placing second, while club mate Jonny Villanueva was 2-0 and was crowned the State Silver Gloves champion. Villanueva was also awarded and recognized as the most outstanding novice boxer for the weekend tournament.
   At 125 pounds, 15-year-old Antonio Villanueva placed second and went 1-1 in the State Silver Gloves tournament. Jovonny Medina, 14, won the State Silver Gloves championship with a 2-0 record in the 139-pound division. Competing in the 178-pound division, was Daniel Sosa, who won novice champion with a 1-0 record. In match bouts, Sosa was 0-1.
   "I thought our boxers did really well. They competed hard and the ones that did lose, lost close decisions, but they all fought hard, so they were well contested bouts," said Evans.