2010 National PAL Championships: 56 Move Closer
October 8, 2010

(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS) – The men’s open division enjoyed the full spotlight on Thursday night with 56 bouts of action at the 2010 National PAL Championships in San Antonio, Texas. All of the men’s open division winners will earn a berth in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and the intensity of Thursday’s bouts clearly indicated the tournament’s high stakes.

Light flyweight competition opened the session with three-time National Champion Louie Byrd (Denver, Colo.) enjoying his second victory of the tournament. Byrd won a third round stoppage of Zachary Martinez (Austin, Texas) in the final seconds of the bout. 2010 USA Boxing National Championships bronze medalist Santos Vasquez (Sun Valley, Nev.), 2005 National Champion Marco Rangel (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and David Carlton (Cincinnati, Ohio) will join Byrd in Friday’s semifinal round.

Two-time Olympian and 2007 World Champion Rau’shee Warren (Cincinnati, Ohio) returned to action in Thursday’s competition, winning his second consecutive National PAL bout. Warren held Michael Martinez scoreless en route to a 17-0 victory. Defending National PAL Champion and hometown boxer Adam Lopez (San Antonio, Texas) moved one win closer to his goal of repeating as champion with an 18-4 victory over Oscar Cantu (Kingsville, Texas). Leroy Davila (Linden, N.J.) and John Herrera won their quarterfinal contests as well to advance on to the semifinals.

In bantamweight action, 2010 Under 19 National Champion Luis Feliciano (Milwaukee, Wis.) punched his ticket for the semifinals with a 9-4 win over Joe Perez (Fountain, Colo.) O’Shanique Foster (Orange, Texas) earned a bantamweight quarterfinal victory as well, taking a 10-0 win over Tyshawn Jones (Newark, N.J.). Dennis Galarza (Orlando, Fla.) and Michael Norato (Pacoima, Calif.) completed the roster of bantamweight finalists.

The lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight and middleweight divisions all continued their preliminary round action contests on Thursday. Lightweight Luis Cruz (Bronx, N.Y.) added to the streak of scoreless opponents, winning a 10-0 decision over Travis Ryle (Colorado Springs, Colo.) in their preliminary match-up. Former USA Boxing National Team Member Eric Fowler (Humble, Texas) moved on to quarterfinal action as well, winning a 5-3 decision over Raul Ofray (Perth Amboy, N.J.).

The light welterweight division featured one of the match-ups of the day as 2010 National Golden Gloves champion Gary Allan Russell III (Capitol Heights, Md.) faced off with 2010 USA Boxing National Championships silver medalist Michael Reed (Waldorf, Md.) in a Washington DC area showdown. The bout lived up to its billing with punches flying from bell-to-bell. Reed seemed to have the bout in hand after the second, taking a 7-2 lead into the final round. Yet Russell came flying back in the final stanza, pulling the bout to within one point in the final minute before Reed extended his lead en route to a 12-9 final decision. 2010 National Champion Pedro Sosa (Bronx, N.Y.) pulled out a 3-2 victory over Ace’son LeSuere (Corpus Christi, Texas) to move on to the quarterfinal round as well.

Three-time national champion Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) continued his run toward an Olympic Trials berth with a stoppage in his welterweight bout with Raymond Velez (Troy, N.Y.). Reyes Marquez (Fountain, Colo.) advanced in tournament action as well, pulling out a double tiebreaker victory over Moshea Aleem (Richmond, Va.) with a 3-2 judges poll breaking the 3-3 final score, eight-eight total punch count tie.

2010 Under 19 National Champion D’Mitrius Ballard (Temple Hills, Md.) advanced on to the quarterfinals with a 6-4 victory over Robert Espinoza (Apple Valley, Calif.). Former Junior Olympic champion Daquan Arnett (Orlando, Fla.) followed his Wednesday stoppage victory with a second win in Thursday’s action. Arnett won a 5-1 decision over Keaton Sippio-Cook (Austin, Texas).

Former National Golden Gloves champion DeRae Crane (Fort Carson, Colo.) earned a berth in the semifinal round with a10-1 light heavyweight victory over Tony Mack (Plano, Texas). Under 19 National Champion Jerry Odom (Bowie, Md.) joined Crane with an 8-3 win over Sijuola Shabazz (Las Cruces, N.M.) Adam Willis (Milwaukee, Wis.) and Marcus Browne (Staten Island, N.Y.) will round out the light heavyweight semifinalists.

2010 USA Boxing National Champion Steve Geffrard (Boca Raton, Fla.) moved one bout closer to his second national championship of the year, claiming a 12-1 win over Joseph White (Miami, Fla.). Frederick Samuels (Westbury, N.Y.) pulled out a 3-2 decision over 2009 USA Boxing National Champion to join Geffrard in the semifinal round. Charles Blackwell (Tucson, Ariz.) and Robert Jekabson (Chicago, Ill.) will complete the list of heavyweight semifinal contestants.

The super heavyweight division closed the evening action with four quarterfinal contests and 2010 USA Boxing National Champion Lenroy Thompson (Lenexa, Kansas) advanced to the semifinals with a 13-4 victory over Trevor Bryan (Albany, N.Y.) in their quarterfinal contest. Javonta Charles (Memphis, Tenn.), Roberto Morban (Bronx, N.Y.) and Ricardo Wallers (Cincinnati, Ohio) won the remaining three semifinal spots.

2010 National PAL Championships action will resume on Friday with junior division action at 11 a.m. and open division competition at 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 7 Evening Session Results

108 lbs/open: Louie Byrd, Denver, Colo., stopped Zachary Martinez, Austin, Texas, RSC-3 (2:56)
108 lbs/open: Santos Vasquez, Sun Valley, Nev., dec. Contrelle Wright, Chicago, Ill.,17-3
108 lbs/open: David Carlton, Cincinnati, Ohio dec. Luis Cuevas, San Antonio, Texas, 11-4
108 lbs/open: Marco Rangel, Scottsdale, Ariz., dec. Sergio Lopez, Las Vegas, Nev., 7-2
114 lbs/open: Leroy Davila, Linden, N.J., dec. Gabriel Montoya, Cheyenne, Wyo., 22-1
114 lbs/open: John Herrera won on walkover Tremaine Williams, New Haven, Conn., W/O
114 lbs/open: Adam Lopez, San Antonio, Texas dec. Oscar Cantu, Kingsville, Texas, 18-4
114 lbs/open: Rau’shee Warren, Cincinnati, Ohio dec. Michael Martinez, Tucson, Ariz., 17-0
123 lbs/open: Luis Feliciano, Milwaukee, Wis., dec. Joe Perez, Fountain, Colo., 9-4
123 lbs/open: Dennis Galarza, Orlando, Fla., dec. Antonio MacGruder, Washington DC, 14-6
123 lbs/open: Michael Norato, Pacoima, Calif., dec. Johnnie Rolon, Cape Coral, Fla.,5-4
123 lbs/open: O’Shanique Foster, Orange, Texas dec. Tyshawn Jones, Newark, N.J., 10-0
132 lbs/open: Christopher Lopez, Washington DC dec. Divante Jones, Hephzibah, Ga., 15-13

132 lbs/open: Bobby Hornsby, Atlanta, Ga., dec. Frankie Smith, Chicago, Ill., 12-6
132 lbs/open: Tommy Logan, Winter Haven, Fla., dec. Nicholas Jefferson, Puyallup, Wash., 8-6
132 lbs/open: Eric Fowler, Humble, Texas dec. Raul Ofray, Perth Amboy, N.J., 5-3
132 lbs/open: Luis Cruz, Bronx, N.Y. dec. Travis Ryle, Colorado Springs, Colo., 10-0
132 lbs/open: Joshua Davis, Washington DC dec. Ruben Gonzalez, Fontana, Calif., 15-1
132 lbs/open: Mikael Jones, Cincinnati, Ohio dec. Ronnie Reams, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-1
132 lbs/open: Kenneth Simms, Chicago, Ill., dec. Saul Rodriguez, Riverside, Calif., 13-7
141 lbs/open: Abel Ramos, Eloy, Ariz., dec. Edward Brown, Chicago, Ill., 13-5
141 lbs/open: Arturo Trujillo, Easton, Pa., dec. Ryan Karl, Milano, Texas, 12-2
141 lbs/open: Ronald Gibbs, Baltimore, Md., dec. Brandon Chalker, Ft. Worth, Texas, 16-6
141 lbs/open: George Rincon, Carrollton, Texas dec. Andrew Ruiz, Oxnard, Calif., 18-3
141 lbs/open: Pedro Sosa, Bronx, N.Y. dec. Ace’son Le Suere, Corpus Christi, Texas, 3-2
141 lbs/open: Michael Reed, Waldorf, Md., dec. Gary Allan Russell III, Capitol Heights, Md., 12-9
152 lbs/open: Antoine Douglas, Burke, Va., dec. Quilisto Madera, Stockton, Calif., 18-4
152 lbs/open: Robert Easter, Jr., dec. Adam Boyd, Des Moines, Iowa, 11-6
152 lbs/open: Austine Omeben, Jupiter, Fla., dec. Donald Griffin, 6-4
152 lbs/open: Reyes Marquez, Fountain, Colo., dec. Moshea Aleem, Richmond, Va., 3-3 (8-8) (judges poll)
152 lbs/open: Terrance Jarman, Cincinnati, Ohio won on medical disqualification over William Blake, Auburn, Calif., DQ
152 lbs/open: Regis Prograis, Houston, Texas dec. Cesar Villa, Corpus Christi, Texas, 8-7
152 lbs/open: Errol Spence, Desoto, Texas stopped Raymond Velez, Troy, N.Y., RSCH
152 lbs/open: Benjamin Whitaker, San Antonio, Texas dec. Shaker Jackson, Newark, N.J., 8-8 (17-16)
165 lbs/open: D’Mitrius Ballard, Temple Hills, Md., dec. Robert Espinoza, Apple Valley, Calif., 6-4
165 lbs/open: Shawn Johnson, Brooklyn, N.Y. dec. Peter Reyes, Brooklyn, N.Y., 12-8
165 lbs/open: Kenneth McNeil, Birmingham, Ala., dec. Russell Lamour, Portland, Maine, 4-3
165 lbs/open: Zacchaeus Hardrick, Fort Carson, Colo., dec. Tristan Todd, Memphis, Tenn., 17-8
165 lbs/open: Brent Perrella, LeHigh Fla., dec. Sammie Milhouse, Woodstock, Ga., 4-0
165 lbs/open: Daquan Arnett, Orlando, Fla., dec. Keaton Sippio-Cook, Austin, Texas, 5-1
165 lbs/open: Edgar Alvarado, San Bernadino, Calif., Joaquin Lopez, Ukiah, Calif., 10-4
165 lbs/open: Richard Romero, Los Angeles, Calif. dec. Akil Frederick-Auguste, 10-3

178 lbs/open: DeRae Crane, Fort Caron, Colo., dec. Tony Mack, Plano, Texas, 10-1
178 lbs/open: Adam Willis, Milwaukee, Wis., dec. Pernell Mitchell, Melbourne, Fla., 7-4
178 lbs/open: Jerry Odom, Bowie, Md., dec. Sijuola Shabazz, Las Cruces, N.M., 8-3
201 lbs/open: Steve Geffrard, Boca Raton,Fla., dec. Joseph White, Miami, Fla., 12-1
201 lbs/open: Charles Blackwell, Tucson, Ariz., dec. Benjamin Ferrin, Chubbuck, Idaho, 12-2
201 lbs/open: Frederick Samuels, Westbury, N.Y., dec. Jordan Shimmell, Hudsonville, Mich., 3-2
201 lbs/open: Robert Jekabson, Chicago, Ill., stopped Jasper McCargo, Richmond, Va., RSCH-1
201+ lbs/open: Javonta Charles, Memphis, Tenn. won on medical disqualification over Juan Goode, Canton, Mich., DQ
201+ lbs/open: Roberto Morban, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Dominique Breazale, San Gabriel, Calif., 11-5
201+ lbs/open: Lenroy Thompson, Lenexa, Kansas dec. Trevor Bryan, Albany, N.Y., 13-4
201+ lbs/open: Ricardo Wallers, Cincinnati, Ohio dec. Richard Ballard, Los Angeles, Calif., 5-3

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Julie Goldsticker
President, Goldsticker Public Relations






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