The Ottumwa Courier


April 9, 2012

Ottumwa boxers claim four Golden Gloves crowns

DES MOINES — The Ottumwa Boxing Club claimed its 16th Novice Division team title Saturday at the 2012 Iowa Golden Gloves Tournament, held at ALLPLAY in Des Moines this past weekend.

Adam Gates won the championship in the Open Division while Henry Majin, Josh Reber and Guillermo Martinez each took a crown in the Novice Division in their repective weight classes.

The Ottumwa Boxing Club brought five fighters to the tournament, which has been an annual event since 1938. The Ottumwa club, coached by Bill Robinson and Robbie Adamson, has been competing since 1973 and returned home with the Novice Division team crown for the 16th time. There were a combined 18 bouts on Friday and Saturday. Championships were decided on Saturday for competitive boxers and novices alike.

Gates, who competed in the 132-pound open class, won the National Ringside Novice title held in Kansas City in 2010. Gates and all the Open Champions from Saturday will represent Iowa and compete in the National Tournament of Champions in Mesquite, Nevada on May 1.

Gates, who started boxing at the age of 13, defeated Levi Ewing of Fort Dodge in his semifinal bout on Friday and then took out two-time Golden Glove Champion Phillip Acuna of Muscatine by decison in the finals on Saturday.

Majin, fighting in the 152-pound novice division, received a bye in the semifinals and defeated Ryan Hassan of Des Moines by decision in the championship.

Reber defeated Keswick’s Ben Kruse in the semifinals Friday in the 165-pound novice class. He took the title Saturday with a first-round TKO victory over Todd Porter of Muscatine.

Martinez, boxing in the 201+ pounds weight class in the novice division, downed Davenport’s Mercury Perkins on Friday to advance to Saturday’s finals, where he defeated Jaimie Alvard of Waterloo by decision to claim the crown.

Ottumwa’s Derrick Anderson also advanced to the finals with a semifinal win Friday night. Anderson, in the 152-pound novice class, defeated Austin Rogers of Keswick Friday to move to the finals, where he was defeated by decision by Christopher Blanco of Iowa City.

The Ottumwa Boxing Club is currently closed but will open for a summer camp on June 20.

2012 Iowa Golden Gloves Results

Iowa Golden Gloves tournament

At ALLPLAY, Des Moines, April 6-7

Open Champions

123 – Darrell Johnson (New Beginnings). 132 – Adam Gates (Ottumwa). 141 – David Levi Jr. (Beasley’s Downtown BC Davenport). 152 – De‘André Harris (New Beginnings). 165 – Martin Schuh (Ft Dodge). 178 – Greg Sykes (Cedar Valley). 201 – Javonta Charles (New Beginnings). 201+ - Kevin Merchant (Dubuque YMCA)

(Open Champions team will represent Iowa and compete in the National Tournament of Champions later this month in Mesquite, Nev.)

Novice Champions

132 – Francisco Rubio (Cedar Valley BC). 141A – Taylor Everett (Tommy Joe’s BC). 141B – David Guzman (Lee County). 152A – Nick Pierce (Dubuque). 152B – Christopher Blanco (ICOR). 152C – Henry Majin (Ottumwa). 165A – Austin Butts (New Beginnings). 165B – Josh Reber (Ottumwa). 165C – Cody Long (DM). 201+B - Kenneth Klinner (Dubuque YMCA). 201+A - Gillermo Martinez (Ottumwa).



Men’s Open Division

132 pounds — Adam Gates, Ottumwa, def. Levi Ewing, Fort Dodge, decision.

Men’s Novice Division

152 — Nick Pierce, Dubuque, def. Dylan Hillyer, Waterloo (Cedar Valley), decision; Derrek Anderson, Ottumwa, def. Austin Rodgers, Keswick, decision; Ryan Hassen def. Sam Hunter, decision.

165 — Austin Butts, Des Moines (New Beginnings), def. Zach Ashcoff, Iowa City (ICOR), decision; Josh Reber, Ottumwa, def. Ben Kruse, Keswick, decision; Cody Long, Des Moines (New Beginnings), def. Hootie Keoprsaeuth, Des Moines (Southeast D.M.), decision.

201-plus — Guillermo Martinez, Ottumwa, def. Mercury Perkins, Davenport (Pena’s), decision; Kenneth Klinner, Dubuque (YMCA), def. Robert Westrum, Fort Dodge, decision.

Saturday’s Open

Final Round

132 pounds — Adam Gates, Ottumwa, def. Phillip Acuna, Muscatine, decision.

Men’s Novice Finals

152 — Nick Pierce, Dubuque, def. Cole Baker, Des Moines (New Beginnings), decision; Christopher Blanco, Iowa City (ICOR), def. Derrek Anderson, Ottumwa, decision; Henry Majin, Ottumwa, def. Ryan Hassen, decision.

165 — Austin Butts, Des Moines (New Beginnings), def. Marquavias Hughs, Waterloo (Cedar Valley), KO, second round; Josh Reber, Ottumwa, def. Todd Porter, Muscatine, TKO, first round; Cody Long, D.M., def. Theron Troutfetter, Ottumwa, KO, first round.

201 plus — Kenneth Klinner, Dubuque (YMCA), def. Marcos Alberto, Mason City (Tommy Joe), dec.; Gillermo Martinez, Ottumwa, def. Jaimie Alvard, Waterloo (Cedar Valley), dec.


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