Locals compete in boxing matches at Patriots’ Gateway

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//Auto-img-114728833330901.jpg’, ‘Photo by Doug Halberstadt’, ‘Six locals competed in youth boxing matches hosted by Patriots’ Gateway Center May. More than 150 youth boxers competed in the tournament, which decided who moved on to regional competition in June.’);

Normally if you were to read about a fight at the Patriots’ Gateway Center, it wouldn’t be a good thing. The opposite was true this past weekend. It was all good news, as the center hosted several fights.

In actuality, they weren’t fights at all, but boxing matches put on by the center’s boxing club.

More than 150 boxers ranging in age from 8 to 16 competed for a chance to advance to the regionals. The amateur fighters came from boxing clubs throughout northern Illinois and from as far away as West Chicago and Chicago Heights.

The boxers representing team Rockford in Saturday’s action were Malik Griffis and Jacob Clingon in the 11- to 12-year-old division. Mike Cervantes, Rolandis Gladney and Garret Stroud competed in the 13- to 14-year-old division. Edgar Lozano was the lone representative for Rockford in the 15- to 16-year-old group.

The winners from this weekend’s bouts will advance to the regional finals in Lafayette, Ind., early next month. Winners there will move on to the Nationals hosted by Northern Michigan University in the late part of June.

Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

From the May 10-16, 2006, issue

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