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Central Oregon Boxing Club competes strong

by: Photo By Christina M. Crockett - Central Oregon Boxing Club's Jovony Medina stands in front of the club's new van. Medina is the lone boxer of the club to qualify for the National Silver Gloves Tournament in Kansas in February. The club will be holding a fundraiser later this month.

The Central Oregon Boxing Club has been busy traveling the Northwest competing in numerous tournaments.
   After competing in the Silver Gloves Tournament in Boise, Idaho on Jan. 7-8, 139-pound Jovony Medina defeated a Wyoming boxer in the championship bout to advance to the National Silver Gloves tournament held at Independence, Kan., slated for Feb. 2-6.
   "He's our first qualifier for a national tournament like this," said club boxing coach Mark Evans.
   The 15-year-old will now head to Independence to compete with some of the country's best young fighters.
   Other placers at the Silver Gloves Tournament included 9-year-old Miguel Vasquez (70 pounds), who posted a 1-0 record after beating an Idaho boxer. Jesus Retano also went 1-0 after downing a Montana boxer, as did Charlie Villanueva (114), who beat a boxer from Wyoming.
   Antonio Villanueva, 16, went 0-1 after slipping to an Idaho boxer.
   The Central Oregon Boxing Club recently returned from Tacoma, Wash., where they competed in a tournament.
   Charlie Villanueva was the lone boxer to post a 1-0 record, beating a Washington boxer, while Efrin Ortiz (106) finished 1-1, also downing a boxer from Washington.
   Other competitors were Vasquez, who went 0-1, and Antonio Villanueva, who went 0-2 after losing in a tough fight against a Canadian boxer, who was the 2004 runner up in the National Silver Gloves tourney. Coach Evans praised the club members, noting that all the boxers fought hard and gave a solid performance in the this month's tournaments.
   While the Central Oregon Boxing Club has been busy traveling the Northwest competing, they have recently purchased a 15-passenger van to make things easier for the club.
   About two months ago, the club moved from Culver to set up in Madras at the Madras Fitness Center to better accommodate more members. However, the club is now forced to move yet again due to members' inability to pay fees at the fitness center.
   "If I don't find another building in town (Madras), We'll be back out in Culver," said Evans.
   The local boxing club will be holding a fundraiser on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28, as they host the state senior box-offs at Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond.
   Two Olympic runner-ups will be on the card, and the club will have a dinner show on Friday night and a second show on Saturday.
   Bouts begin at 8 p.m. on Friday night and noon on Saturday.
   For more information regarding tickets, contact Mark Evans at 390-8699.