CLUB GOES 2-2 AT MELLENCAMP SHOW
Chuck Capshaw and Jennifer Duvoy came away with victories at a boxing
show sponsored by Indiana rock star, John Cougar Mellencamp, in Bloomington, Indiana, on Sunday, September 21.
Chuck, who participated in the 2007 Indiana Golden Gloves and who has recently
returned to boxing with the club, won a unanimous three-round decision over Genesis Boxing Club's Tony Grovocci.
Club newcomer, Jennifer DuVoy, a two-time Illinois Women's Golden Gloves Champion,
defeated Chicago's Tammy Griffin by judges' 3-0 decision. Jennifer is currently staying with the Hildebrandts in Evansville.
Matt Reid and Nick MCReynolds lost highly-competitive matches. Nick, who has 4
victories with the club, lost a narrow 2-1 decision to unattached boxer, Hud Mellencamp, John's son. Matt, who won a
Golden Gloves title last March, lost his first bout, a 3-0 decision to Jason Nelele of the ever-strong Sarge Johnson
Boxing Club in Indianapolis.
In other news, J. J. Budde, a former two-time Golden Gloves Champion with the EBC,
has been asked to spar with professional boxer, Jimmy Campbell, in preparation for an upcoming bout, and Danny Maldonado, who was preparing to go to Australia to train for a professional bout, recently fell
from a roof and broke both of his wrists. We wish Danny a speedy recovery and hope he can resume
training after his injuries heal.
GOOD DAY AT HOME
Matt Reed and Nick McReynolds both won their bouts at our local show at Newsome
Center on July 26th, and one of our newest boxers, 9 year-old Trenton Verble, acquitted himself beautifully in an opening
Trenton's exhibition was first, against Louisville Legend's Charles Diggs.
The bout was unjudged but was dead even throughout, both boxers showing considerable skills for their ages. Diggs eight-counted
Trenton with a momentary knock-down in round 3, but Trenton came right back with tremendous aggression and eight-counted Diggs
a moment later. It was a great start for the Taekwondo black belt.
Nick's sixth amateur bout came against Genesis Boxing Club's John
Napier in the second event of the day. Nick started fast with great feinting moves, making him an obviously difficult
target. He also exhibited excellent cross-over right counterpunches in round 3, winning a unanimous decision and
boosting his record to 4-2.
Matt fought Chad Denton of Rock 'em Sock 'em Boxing Club and little can
be said about the bout, other than the fact that Matt was highly irritated over remarks made by Denton about
one of Matt's coaches. Matt ended the fight with a wicked 1-2 combination about 20 seconds into the bout.
During the ensuing eight-count, Denton retired and Matt remains undefeated and defending Golden Gloves champion.
It was a great outing for our club -- two wins and a successful exhibition.
Dick Hildebrandt hopes to hold another show at Newsome Center in September in conjunction with the Rock 'em Sock 'em and South
Paw Boxing Clubs.
MATT REED WINS 132 JR. OPEN TITLE
April 10. Matt Reed, a new 24 year-old boxer with the club, won his first
Golden Gloves title unopposed in the 132 pound Junior Open division. Statewide, no one stepped up to challenge the former
Southern Indiana Athletic Conference Wrestling Champion (1998) out of Mt. Vernon H.S. Matt, who served two years
in the Army, is married with three kids and owns his own business, looks forward to next year's Gloves and will box in an
upcoming local show.
NICK WINS JUNIOR GLOVES
Nick McReynolds, 14, defeated Fred Wallace of Badd Boyz Boxing Club by a judges'
5-0 decision in the finals of the 2008 Indiana Junior Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament at Tyndall Armory on April
3rd. Boxing in the 110 pound Intermediate championship in front of 1,400 people, Nick improved his record to 3-1 and
brought the EBC its only Golden Gloves title of 2008.
Round 1 started somewhat tentatively for both boxers, Nick edging his opponent
narrowly on most cards. In round 2, however, Nick returned to the sharp counter-punching style that won
him his last fight, connecting on sharp rights and lefts after stepping back from attacks. Nick eight-counted his
opponent in round 2 and rocked his opponent with a hard right in round 3, forcing a second eight-count.
With trainer and former champ, Bobby Gough, working his corner, Nick showed poise and masterful
counterpunching ability and made excellent use of his reach advantage throughout the bout, refusing to let his opponent
Nick just turned 14 in March and still has nearly three years left in the Junior
Olympic division. He will compete next in the Indiana Junior Olympics in Terre Haute on April 26-27, 2008.
Come out and support the EBC's newest champ!!
McREYNOLDS WINS IN WHITESVILLE
Nick McReynolds, 13, defeated South Paw Boxing Club's Travis Birckler in a
115 pound match-up at an event hosted by South Paw at Whitesville, Kentucky, on Saturday, March 1st.
After a dead-even first round, Nick began to assert himself with a number
of clean counter-punches in the second, taking a slight lead into the final period. In the third round, Birckler
tracked Nick around the ring, but Nick deftly backpedaled, staying just out of his opponent's reach as he countered with scoring
punch after scoring punch. Bobby Gough and Mike Durham are training Nick and cornered for him in Whitesville.
Nick is now 2-1 and is preparing for his first-ever appearance at the Indiana Junior
Golden Gloves tournament at Tydnall Armory in Indianapolis on Thursday, March 13th. Please come to Indy to support Nick. He's a fantastic young boxer and has a great chance at the Gloves.
NICK McREYNOLDS ON COURSE FOR JUNIOR GOLDEN GLOVES AND JUNIOR OLYMPICS
Thirteen year-old Nick McReynolds is off to a flying start in his amateur boxing
career. The eighth-grader at Perry Heights Middle School won a surprising 3-0 victory in his first-ever bout
at Newsome Center in November. Then, on January 19, 2008, he lost his second bout by an extremely narrow decision
on points, but not before bloodying his opponent enough to require three bout stoppages.
Nick is an incredibly tenacious young boxer with enormous potential, especially starting
so young. He competes in two bowling leagues and will attend Reitz High
School this fall. Currently, he is training to compete in both the Indiana Junior Golden Gloves at Tyndall Armory on
March 13 and 20, 2008, and the Indiana Junior Olympics on April 26, 2008, in Terre Haute.
Looking great, Nick. Keep up the great work!!
LAFAYETTE WINS TEAM TITLE; CAPSHAW AND BOYLE LOSE FINALS
The Lafayette Boxing Club, coached by Terry Christian, won the 2007 Golden
Gloves team title with 16 points, outdistancing Sarge Johnson (15 pnts), Ced's (14 pnts) and last year's team champion, Rock'em
Sock'em (13 pnts). Terry was also awarded Coach of the Year honors. Five Lafayette boxers won Golden Gloves titles.
On April 12, Evansville's Chuck Capshaw made his ring debut with a fine three-round
performance against Korey Davis of Muncie. Although the bout ended in a 5-0 decision for Davis, the bout was
virtually even on all cards. It was a great effort in a tough venue. Chuck will return to practice
right after his finals at USI.
Jason Boyle, who practiced briefly with the EBC in 2005, won runner-up honors in
the huge 165 pound junior open division. Jason won two tough bouts and then lost by RSC in round one of his
April 19 final bout against the ultimate winner of the Outstanding Junior Open Boxer award, Daniel Luna of
Lafayette. Luna won both of his bouts by RSC in round 1.
Mike Clark of the Southpaw Boxing Club practiced with the EBC last summer
and will do so again this summer. Mike made his Golden Gloves debut on March 29 in the semifinal of the Junior Open 178
pound division. Mike lost a 5-0 decision to Mark Coletta, but was the only boxer to last three full rounds against
Recent practices at the EBC suggest a very strong Golden Gloves team developing
for 2008. The club has had 17 new and returning boxers attending recent practices. Several of our new boxers
will make their ring debuts at the Whitesville show on April 28th.
AMBER KESSLER LOSES OPENER IN SPLIT; CHUCK CAPSHAW UP NEXT
Evansville's Amber Kessler went the distance in her first-ever bout, losing a split
(4-1) decision to the far more experienced Amanda Morgan on March 29. Amber fought extremely well considering
the venue and the experience difference. Great job, Amber!
Chuck Capshaw enters the ring for his Gloves (and amateur) debut on April
12 in the semifinals of the 178 pound subnovice division. He will face Korey Davis of the Sarge Johnson Boxing
Club in bout 11.
Two former EBC boxers are also in action.
Jason Boyle, now with Rock'em Sock'em, has won his quarterfinal and semifinal bouts
in the 165 pound junior open division and will box in the championship against Lafayette's Daniel Luna on April 19. Jason
won his quarterfinal by a 5-0 decision over Jose Rebollar of Broad Ripple and then scored a stunning third-round comeback
in his semifinal against Jamaal Williams of Bad Boyz, recovering from two early eight-counts to retire Williams with
less than a minute to go.
Jarrod Richeson, now with the Lafayette Boxing Club, will enter the ring on April
12 for his semifinal in the 141 pound junior open division. He will face Sergio DeLeon of L. T. Warriors in
bout 2. Jarrod has five prior bouts at 152 pounds but has dropped to 141 pounds for this year's tournament.
2007 GLOVES SET TO BEGIN
The 2007 Indiana Golden Gloves will begin on Thursday evening, March 15, and run for six weeks.
At present, two current and two former EBC boxers are signed up -- Chuck Capshaw, Amber Kessler, Jarrod Richeson (now with
Lafayette) and Jason Boyle (now with Rock 'Em Sock 'em).
The EBC's J. J. Budde, Chuck Allen and Joey Hammond will be
judging at the Gloves again this year.
DANNY WINS IBA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE;
STOPS GONZALES' 11 BOUT WIN STREAK
On November 17, 2006, Danny Maldonado defeated Jose Alberto Gonzales at the Orleans Hotel
and Casino in Las Vegas for the International Boxing Association Featherweight Title. Gonzales entered the fight
with 11 straight victories and a 14-2 career record.
The fight was scheduled for 12 rounds and went the distance. Danny won by a single
point on the deciding judge's card, 114-113, while the other two judges split by identical five point margins, 116-111
Danny also holds the World Boxing Council Latin American Featherweight Title, the North
American Boxing Association Featherweight Title and the Kentucky State Featherweight Title. His pro record is now 20-2
with 13 knockouts.
JAMES BROWN (1986-2006)
Two-time Golden Gloves champion and recent club
member, James Brown, was killed in Iraq on November 2, 2006. A Marine Lance Corporal, James was standing post
at Observation Post Bears in the extremely dangerous Al Anbar Province when he was shot in the back of the head by a
sniper. He had been in Iraq for four months and was engaged to be married in February.
James is was buried with full military honors on
November 9, 2006. Over 1,500 people attended his funeral. He rests in Saulmon Cemetery in southern Gibson County.
There is a link to the James Brown memorial
web site on the home page of this site.
JOSH BROWN WINS IN TERRE HAUTE
Congratulations to Josh Brown who won his first bout on October 7th in Terre
Haute. Josh defeated Anderson PAL boxer, Steven Tucker, by a 2-1 split decision that was decided by less than
3 punches on every judge's card. This was Josh's third career bout but came only three weeks after he resumed training.
Former E.B.C. boxer, James Hopper, cornered for Josh in Lexington last week and again at Terre Haute.
TROY SAMOCKI TO BOX IN GARY
On October 14, Troy Samocki will box at the GARY PAL Boxing Show.
This will be his first bout since winning the Golden Gloves in May 2005. Troy is living in Valparaiso but may box
for the E.B.C. at the 2007 Golden Gloves. Troy has a career amateur record of 5-0.
October 8, 2006
DICK, JEANEENE AND CHUCK HEADING TO USA BOXING MEETING IN PITTSBURGH
Dick and Jeaneene Hildebrandt and Chuck Allen will be attending the USA Boxing
national meeting in Pittsburgh on October 20-21. This is the first meeting since USA Boxing's board and rulemaking capacity
were restructured and/or absorbed by the controlling body of United States Olympic Boxing.
October 8, 2006
MALDONADO TO FIGHT FOR IBA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
On November 17, 2006, Danny will fight for the IBA Featherweight Title against
Jose Alberto Gonzalez at the Orleans Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gonzalez is 14-2 as a professional, is
ranked 37th in the world as a super featherweight division and has won his last 11 fights.
October 1, 2006
JOSH RETURNS TO RING IN LEX;
CODY HAS FIRST BOUT
Josh Brown returned to the ring for the first time in 30 months on September 30th
in Lexington. After only two weeks of training in the gym, Josh faced an extremely tough Alexander Brio who
has trashed prior opponents. The bout was a serious battle all the way with no eight-counts. The judges split
and gave Brio the win, but it was an amazing effort by Josh after so little training. Josh switched-off to southpaw
in the first round and seemed to throw Brio off guard.
Cody Pritchard, one of our newest boxers, had his first boxing match ever on Saturday
and faced off with Israel Torres. Torres won by RSC in the 2nd, following a second eight-count, but Cody maintained
extraordinary poise for a first-time boxer and counterpunched very strongly in response to each flurry.
Josh and Cody made a gutsy and early start on their drive to the Golden
Gloves in 5 1/2 months. And plenty of opportunities lie just ahead. Including today, there
are an incredible EIGHT shows scheduled in the next nine weeks!! For a complete list, click on UPCOMING EVENTS in the list at the left.
September 30, 2006
BOXERS TO REPRESENT E.B.C. AT 2007 GOLDEN GLOVES
Evansville Boxing Club’s 2007 Golden Gloves team is beginning to take shape with the addition of seven new area boxers. The new boxers include Aaron Briner, 28, a former marine from Hazelton, Indiana (201 junior open), Brian Mattingly, 26, a former ironman football player from Tell City,
Indiana (201 junior open), Justin Smith, 21, a former soccer player from Noblesville, Indiana (165 junior open), Mike Clark,
21, a former baseball player from Owensboro, Kentucky (178 junior open), Mitch Greathouse, 20, a champion wrestler from Evansville
(125 junior open), Cody Pritchard, 18, a former basketball, baseball and ironman football player from Norris City, Illinois
(125 subnovice), and Zack Hemer, 15, a wrestler from Redondo Beach, California (119 senior division).
is continuing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at Newsome Center with our former Golden
Gloves champions, J. J. Budde, Mike Durham and Mike Conners helping the guys with sparring.
August 18, 2006
|Cody Pritchard (left) and Mike Clark sparring (August 2006)
J. J. IS CHAMP A SECOND TIME
ROCK'EM SOCK'EM IS TEAM CHAMP;
RAY LUCIES WINS GOLDEN BOY
|J. J. BUDDE RECEIVING HIS SECOND CONSECUTIVE GOLDEN GLOVES JACKET
On April 13th, the last night of the 2006 Indiana Golden Gloves, J. J. Budde finished his amateur
boxing career by taking his second Golden Gloves title in as many years.
J. J., who won last year's huge 152 pound junior open division over eight other
boxers, won this year's 152 pound novice title by walkover in the final. J.J. ends his boxing career with
an 9-3 amateur record and a 4-0 record and two titles in the Golden Gloves. J. J. is getting
married on May 6th. Congratulations, J. J., on picking up two new titles this spring -- Golden Gloves champ
Ray Stallings won the 201 pound open division title in the second to last bout of championship
night and also won the best open boxer award. The victory gave his coach, Danny Thomas, and his team, the
Rockem'-Sockem' Boxing Club, the 2006 Indiana Golden Gloves team title.
CED's Boxing finished second and the 911 Boxing Club placed third.
This year's Golden Boy Award, given to the best overall boxer of the entire Golden Gloves
tournament, went to Frankfort's amazingly tough Raymond Lucies. Lucies won the 165 pound Open championship
with a fourth-round RSC over Indy PAL's Napoleon Rowell. Lucies eight-counted Rowell twice in round 3
and twice in round 4, the last eight-count ending the bout.
|GOLDEN BOY, RAYMOND LUCIES
Three club members, Chuck Allen, Russ Davis and Joey Hammond, judged at this year's Golden
Tony Curtis and Russ Davis coached a South Paw Boxing Club boxer, Matthew Mattingly, to the 165
pound sub-novice championship on April 13th. Matthew won by 5-0 judges' decision over Arie Glazier of CED's Boxing.
A DEATH IN THE FAMILY
Kevin Payne (1972-2006)
Kevin Payne, a former EBC boxer, a 1990 Indiana Golden Gloves open division
champion at 119 pounds and a pro boxer since 1995, died of cerebral bleeding and swelling just hours after his March
18th welterweight bout against Ryan Maldrano at The Center in Evansville.
|Kevin Payne and Dick Hildebrandt in 1987; Kevin in 2005
Kevin (14-5-1) won the 8-round bout with Maldrano (18-18-1) in a split decision
and suffered no knockdowns or major cuts during the bout. Witnesses said the bout was not particulary brutal. Kevin enjoyed
his victory for a few moments in the ring with his son, but then had difficulty getting out of the ring and complained
of a headache and vision problems. His cornerman, Russ Davis, summoned the ring physician who ordered Kevin rushed
to Deaconess Hospital. Emergency brain surgery was performed to relieve pressure on his brain, but Kevin died early
in the morning.
Kevin was a local boxing legend with enormous popularity and leaves behind a wife and two
children. The sympathies of all Evansville Boxing Club members go out to Kevin's family.
NIGHT TWO AT THE GLOVES
At the March 16 session of the Golden Gloves, eight walkovers cut the 18 bout program
down to 10. No club won more than one bout in the ring, although three unattached boxers won decisions. The
911 Boxing Club had the best night with 3 wins, 2 by walkover.
Jarrod Richeson lost a 4-1 split decision in the 152 pound Novice division
quarterfinals. Jarrod fought essentially even with his opponent, Travis Welsh of Rockem-Socken, and the decision
may have come down to holding warning in the second round.
No other Evansville or former-Evansville boxers have bouts until Jacob Beyers,
Adam McCandless and J. J. Budde box on April 13.
Joey Hammond judged at the Gloves on March 16 and voted with the majority in all
but one very close 3-2 decison. Both he and Chuck Allen stepped aside for Jarrod's bout.
J. J. WINS EIGHTH BOUT
J. J. Budde defeated Nashville's William Ellen on March 11, 2006,
at the Lexington Legends Gym in Lexington, Kentucky. The bout was a clearly unanimous decision with J.
J. eight-counting Ellen twice and winning 44-20 on one card. This was J. J.'s eighth career victory.
J. J. passed 1 hour of ring time with this bout, giving him more ring experience than any current or recent EBC boxer.
FIRST NIGHT AT THE GLOVES
The 2006 Golden Gloves got underway with 18 bouts on March 9.
Bout number 17 had the sellout crowd standing on the seats.
It was an incredible see-saw battle in the 165 pound Junior Open division between Kevin Hoover of Indy
South and Mike Taylor of Sweatbox. Hoover won round one fairly clearly, but Taylor roared to life at
the end of round two and almost ended the fight with a devastating attack, putting Hoover down. Then Hoover
found new energy and stormed back gamely in round three, eight-counting Taylor and salvaging victory by a very narrow
margin on each of the unanimous cards. These boxers reached as deep as you can go. Congratulations to both of
Gary PAL, Crumes, Rockem-Sockem and CED's Boxing each came away
with three victories on opening night. No Evansville boxers were scheduled.
J. J., ADAM, JACOB AND JARROD TO BOX IN 2006 GOLDEN GLOVES
They are going to throw a champion's jacket in the middle of the ring and let J.
J. Budde and Adam McCandless fight over it. They meet in the 152 pound Novice division final on
Jacob Beyers, who just completed his first hockey season playing for the U. S.
I. Ice Eagles, will box in the 201 Novice division final on April 13 as well. His opponent boxes with CED's
Jarrod Richeson is in an eight-boxer bracket in the 152 Junior Open division.
His first fight will be March 16 against Travis Welsh of Rockem-Socken in Evansville.
Jason Boyle, who trained with us last year, is now a freshman at Indiana
State where he is training with Sweatbox. He broke his leg in November and has just recently returned
to sparring. His first bout will probbly be a local show In Whitesville, Kentucky, on April 29.
Three divisions have been either expanded or changed this year.
Subnovice and Junior Open have been expanded to include boxers with up to 5 bouts (formerly 3). Novice has
been changed to include boxers of any age with up to 10 bouts (formerly 17-20 with unlimited bouts).
The purpose of the Novice change is to allow more time for boxers to prepare for the Open division and to beef up the
Novice division which had only 10 boxers at last year's Gloves.
Unlike last year, some senior bouts will be fought on the first night of the Gloves, Thursday,
March 9th. The junior bouts will only include ages 11-16 ... no bantams this year.
J. J. WINS FIRST '06 BOUT
In one of his last tuneups for the 2006 Indiana Golden Gloves, J. J. Budde won
a second round retirement in a bout at the Sarge Johnson Boxing Center on February 18th. His opponent may have
won the first round narrowly, but J. J. came back strong and rocked his opponent with a four-punch comination against the
ropes late in round 2. This led to a retirement at the start of round 3. J. J. plans to box once more before
his Gloves opener, probably on March 23 or 30.
You need to submit your 2006 USA Boxing Athlete's Application and $35 fee
to Dick Hildebrandt as soon as possible. You cannot box in 2006 without a new passbook. Some procedure changes
will make it difficult to sign you up at ringside, so do not wait until your next bout.
At the December 3rd Lexington Legends Boxing Show, J. J. Budde lost a
2-1 split-decision in his rematch with Jack Howard of the Wartman Brothers Gym in Williamstown, Kentucky. The
two boxers have now split their two meetings. Their first bout, earlier in the fall, went to J. J. by a 2-1 decision despite
a furious comeback by Howard in the third round. On December 3, J. J. did not
permit any furious comebacks but he somehow came up just short end of the judges split this time. The
"rubber match" between these two could well come in the 152 pound Novice Division at the 2006 Indiana Golden
RICE BOXING SHOW CANCELED
Gerald Rice's boxing show scheduled for November 26 at the Evansville Coliseum
has been canceled due to the destruction of the Rices' home in the recent tornado. Mr. and Mrs. Rice are fine and we
wish them the best in this difficult time.
SIX SHOWS IN FIVE WEEKS!!
If you are looking for an opportunity to box, November and December are your chance.
Five local shows and the Silver Gloves Championships will be held within the Indiana Amateur Boxing Association during
the next five weeks.
Local shows will be held at the Sarge
Johnson Boxing Center - East 30th St. (Indianapolis, IN; November 12), the Wartman Boxing Club (Williamstown, KY; November
19), Rice's Boxing Club (Evansville Coliseum; November 26), Lexington Legends Boxing Club (Lexington, KY; December
3) and South Paw Boxing Club (Owensboro, KY; December 10). In addition, the Indiana Silver Gloves Championships
will be held next month (Ft. Wayne, IN; December 10-11).
Addresses and boxer report times can be found on the Upcoming Events page.
Jason Boyle, Jarrod Richeson and Joey Hammond, all members of the E.B.C., are now
in school at Indiana State University and are boxing with James Porter's Sweat Box boxing club in Terre Haute.
Jason was heavy into training with James Porter in September but then broke his
leg (fibula) playing no-pads tackle football outside his dorm in early October. He will be on crutches for about
4 weeks and in a boot for about 6 weeks. He will resume boxing when able, but probably not before January.
He had planned to have his first bout on November 12.
Locally, J. J. Budde sustained a severe work-related cut to his thumb and has been
unable to train or box for the last three weeks. He will be allowed to return to heavy bag work and sparring by mid-November.
Dick and Jeaneene Hildebrandt just spent a week at the USA Boxing annual meeting
in Boise, Idaho.
Tony Curtis has re-opened his South Paw Boxing and Fitness Club at 2300 W. Second
St. in Owensboro and has been having land-office business with as many as 30 boxers attending practices. He and
trainer, Russ Davis, are sharing coaching duties on different nights to handle the demand. Five of Tony's boxers fought
at the Louisville Legends gym on October 22 with four excellent wins.
J. J. WINS THIRD IN A ROW;
ADAM LOSES 3-ROUND DECISION
J. J. Budde won his third consecutive bout in Lexington
on September 24th. His opponent was a somewhat stockier and shorter opponent, Josh Maine of the
Richmond (Kentucky) Boxing Club. After a cautious first round for both boxers, J.J. grew in confidence. J.J.'s
third round is without a doubt the finest round of boxing he has ever enjoyed. In the third round, J.J. rocked
Maine at least six times with solid lefts to the head and also had some beautiful 1-2 combinations.
There were no eight-counts in the contest. J.J. received a unanimous 3-0 judges' decison. He has now
accumulated 50 minutes in the ring -- at least 12 more than any other E.B.C. boxer. He also has an impressive
run of six wins in his last seven bouts.
Adam McCandless had powerful flurries in the first and third rounds against his very quick
and well-conditioned opponent, Jerry Massay of West Virginia. Adam, however, fell prey to Massay's rapid and unrelenting 1-2
combinations and lost on points. The fight was clean and free of eight-counts. Adam showed no
sign of fatigue in the fight despite being unable to train with the club or spar recently due to school commitments
JAMES BROWN COMPLETES MARINE BASIC TRAINING;
James Brown, our 2003 and 2005 Golden Gloves champion at 178 pounds, completed
his 12 weeks of basic training at Paris Island, South Carolina, and is now a full-fledged Marine. He is currently
on leave at home in Owensville and will return to duty on October 10th. He is awaiting orders.
MIKE AND J. J. WIN RAZOR THIN DECISIONS IN LEX;
MUSCLES LOSES FIRST BOUT
Mike Durham and J. J. Budde drew supremely tough matches
at the Lexington Youth Boxing Club show on August 27th.
Mike won by one point on two cards after struggling mightily
with the Legends' Boxing Club's Rafael Ramirez. Mike took a lead in round 1, snapping crisp punches
and keeping Ramirez at bay. Round 2 was fairly even. In round 3, however, Ramirez ramped up the
aggressiveness and got in some good head shots and won the round on all cards. Mike still pulled it out by judges'
2-1 split decision.
J. J. took an early lead in his bout with Jack Howard
of Williamstown, a well-conditioned athlete who had a 10 pound edge on J. J. The match almost did not come about
as Howard did not arrive until 5 minutes after the ninth and final bout of the day. J .J. won the first
two rounds but Howard came very strongly in round 3, delivering substantial right hooks to J. J.'s head during the
round and winning the round easily. Howard's comeback was not quite good enough, however, and J. J. held on
for a judges' 2-1 split decision.
Tyler "Muscles" Durham, who turned 8 this past July, managed
to get a bout against a distinctly taller 8 year old opponent, Hunter Reed. While Muscles never
stopped throwing to the body, Reed's shots to Muscles' head were unrelenting and he was forced to retire after round
1. Nonetheless, the Muscles era has begun. Now he knows what it takes.
MALDONADO STOPS CORONELL IN ROUND 5
Danny Maldonado improved his professional boxing record to 18-1 with a victory
over Julio Coronell (21-22-1) on July 16th at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Danny knocked Coronell
down in round 4 and won by TKO when Coronell could not answer the bell in round 5 due to an arm injury. The
bout was scheduled for 8 rounds.
Danny, who boxed a lengthy amateur career with our club, has been training 3-6
hours a day with Gerald Reed in Lexington, Kentucky, and working on increasing his movement and becoming a harder target to
The Coronell fight was Danny's last bout before a much-awaited rematch
with Jesus Perez on September 16 at Casino Aztar in Evansville. On February 11, 2005, Perez dealt Danny the only loss
of his professional career.
ADAM, J. J. AND JACOB WIN IN LEX; JARROD LOSES SPLIT
Four of our boxers traveled to the Lexington Youth Boxing Club on June 25
for our second show there in three months and we came away with four tough bouts and three wins. Conditioning was
key because there was no AC in the building and temperatures were well above 90 degrees inside, though a large door was open
and an occasional puff of air came in. Our boxers served as cornermen for each other and did a fanstastic job.
|JARROD, J. J., ADAM AND JACOB PLANNING THEIR CORNER WORK
ADAM WINS UNANIMOUSLY
AFTER TIRING OPPONENT
Adam McCandless fought his best fight to date in Lexington. Facing a
rangy 6' 4" opponent, Saird Joyce of the Legends Boxing Club, Adam found himself either even or slightly behind
after round 1 of their 152 pound bout. Then Adam's superior conditioning took its toll as Joyce began to
tire. Adam raised his aggressiveness to a wholly new level and repeatedly trapped Joyce on the ropes
and in the corner, engaging him very strongly. On one occasion, Adam even uncorked Mike Connor's favorite trick,
waving his right glove as a decoy and then smoking Ogboo with a left. Adam finished with 6 to 8 punch
advantages in each of the last two rounds and won by unanimous decision. He now has a record of 2-1.
J. J. OUTSLASTS DIAZ FOR SPLIT WIN
J. J. Budde was next up and faced a shorter, stockier opponent, Jesse Diaz, also
of the Legends Club, at 152 pounds. After a virtually even first round, J. J. made his usual second round charge
and led by approximately 2 points on most cards (20 point must) going into the last round. Diaz did not
tire, however, and, in round 3, Diaz unleashed two brief but powerful flurries and caught J. J. with several power
punches. J. J. took them in total stride and responded strongly each time, holding on to win by
a 2-1 split desicion. J.J. has a 4-2 overall record and now holds the record for most minutes in the
ring of any current E.B.C. boxer (37.5).
JACOB'S JABS KEEP "NIGERIAN
ASSASSIN" AT BAY
Jacob Beyers eliminated the head-ducking that cost him his Golden Gloves
final and fought strongly and evenly against the muscular "Nigerian Assassin", Dennis Ogboo, of the Legends Boxing Club.
Few scoring punches were landed in the first round as the boxers sized each other up ... Ogboo respecting Jacob's range
and Jacob respecting Ogboo's power. As the pace quickened in rounds 2 and 3, Jacob began using power jabs
to keep Ogboo from going inside. One jab got Jacob out of a difficult position in the corner midway through
round 3. Scoring off the jab gave Jacob the winning margin by a 2-1 split decision.
He is now 3-1 overall.
JARROD LOSES TOUGH SPLIT AFTER WORD WAR
Jarrod Richeson faced a taller opponent, Frank Masby of the Legends Gym, in the
most contentious battle of the entire day. A holding-plagued second round had both boxers jawing at each other
and drawing stern warnings from referee, Charles Whartman. At one point, after being warned and told to break,
both boxers continued leaning on each other, headgear to headgear, and talking about the weather. The
third round was a study in aggression fueled, in part, by the second round fireworks. Jarrod ended up losing by
a 2-1 split decison and all cards had this one decided by 1 point margins.
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June 25, 2005
|INTENSITY -- ADAM BETWEEN ROUNDS IN LEXINGTON (photo courtesy of Emily McAlister)
JAMES BROWN ENTERS MARINE CORPS
James Brown, a 2003 and 2005 Golden Gloves champion, entered the United States Marine Corps in June.
The Marines have been a career dream of his for many years. James is now in basic training at Quantico. In May,
he graduated from Gibson Southern High School where he played iron-mall football (offense and defense) for
four years. He made first-team all-conference and all-sectional and was also named honorable mention on the
all-state team, a major accomplishment for a player from a rural team lacking a winning record and statewide publicity.
Our soldiers love to hear from friends. You can write James at: Recruit
Brown, James E., 5405, Platoon 2073, 2nd Batallion, Hotel Company, Box 12073, Paris Island, S. C., 29905-2073.
Good luck, James, and stay safe.
June 26, 2005
J. J. LOSES OPEN DEBUT BY DECISION
J. J. Budde, fresh off of his spectacular three-win junior open championship at
the Golden Gloves, traveled to Indianapolis on June 18th to face his first open division opponent, Abdullah Johnson.
J. J. lost by a 3-0 decision and took a pair of eight-counts, but he hung tough for three full rounds and finished
strongly. Johnson had substantial prior open division experience and fought
Danny Thomas in the Golden Gloves 152 pound open division in April.
The match was fought at the Sarge Johnson East Side gym. J. J.
was the only Evansville boxer in action on Saturday.
Do not forget the local show in Lexington on Saturday, June 25th. Matches
will be made at the gym which is located on Versailles Road (U.S. 60) just a hundred yards or so to the east of the Red Mile
Road intersection (left side of road). We boxed at this location on March 26.
June 18, 2005
WEB SITE REACHES NUMBER 1
Using the simplest possible search for our club, the words EVANSVILLE BOXING, the
E. B. C. web site has now reached the number 1 ranking on Google out of over 63,700
web sites found using those search terms. Two months ago, our site was ranked number 144.
To date, our site has drawn over 2,400 views.
June 18, 2005
DANNY MALDONADO WINS
On May 27, 2005, Danny Maldonado stopped Terrell Hargrove (7-8) by TKO at 2:26 of
the 5th round in their six round bout in Huntington, West Virginia. This was Danny's second victory over
Hargrove. Danny won a unanimous 10-round decision over Hargrove on July 12, 2002.
June 10, 2005
J. J. AND JAMES WIN JACKETS;
MIKE LOSES TOOTH IN TOUGH LOSS;
TEAM IS THIRD OVERALL
J. J. WINS LARGEST DIVISION
J. J. Budde won the largest division
of the 2005 Golden Gloves tournament on May 5th with a walkover victory in his third and final
bout. Nine boxers entered the 152 pound junior open division on April 7th and only one emerged -- the one who paid
the price with endless sparring and bag work at Newsome and Owensboro, with Sunday running and sprints, and with 2
or more trips to Princeton each week to do burnouts, bag work and sparring at Joey's house. After
defeating Jose Guterez and Jarrod Richeson by 5-0 decisions in his quarterfinal and semifinal matches, J. J. won
the final by walkover when his opponent, Martin Valdez, failed to make weight (13 pounds over!!).
J. J. learned of his victory while having his hands taped and immediately
shared the news with his girlfriend, Ryan, by phone. J. J. dedicated his Gloves victory to his mom and held
her picture in champion's corner. J. J. lost his mom in 2000.
JAMES EARNS SECOND JACKET; DEFEATS HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP
James Brown returned to the ring for the first time in two years on May 5th and
claimed his second Golden Gloves title in as many tournaments. He won his 178 pound novice division jacket
by walkover but the Golden Gloves committee allowed James to fight a matched-bout with the heavyweight (201 pound)
novice division champion, Ricardo Rios. In a bruising three-round affair that was one of the hardest-hitting
contests of the entire night, James was eight-counted in round 3 but maintained a strong and controlled performance
throughout the bout, ultimately prevailing by judges' 4-1 decision. He won by an average of 12 punches on
two judges' cards.
James will continue attending practice and may fight on June 11th, but will be
entering the United States Marines shortly thereafter. He is now 3-0 as an amateur.
MIKE EDGED IN OPEN FINAL, 4-1
Mike Durham was the club's only participant in
an open division final at this year's Gloves. With a trip to Little Rock and the national finals on the line, Mike faced fast
and tough Jason Jimenez of the Anderson Boxing Club in the first bout after intermission. With a lion's heart,
Mike fought through four long rounds, the loss of a tooth, a badly cut lip, facial bruising and three eight-counts and
still nearly pulled out the fight on a very close punch count. Jimenez was awarded the victory on a judges'
4-1 decision. It is simply not possible to give any more than Mike gave in those four rounds.
If any other good came out of the fight, Mike has decided to continue boxing for the club.
Mike sustained a severe blow to the mouth during the second round of his fight.
His lower lip was cut and he lost most of a tooth. The damaged tooth was the left upper incisor (eye
tooth, next to the front teeth). The cut did not require stitches.
TEAM WINS THIRD PLACE TROPHY
The greatest surprise of the evening was the Evansville Boxing Club's THIRD PLACE OVERALL FINISH in the team standings. With four of its boxers mired in the one
division and others limited to single bouts due to low participation, the chance for overall success was dim indeed.
Three jacket victories in the last two weekends pulled out the third place honors.
1. SARGE JOHNSON BOXING CLUB
2. PALMER BOXING CLUB
3. EVANSVILLE BOXING CLUB
Team honors belong to every boxer, every coach and every friend of the
club -- to those who attended practices, held mitts, sparred, trained and coached and to those who attended
bouts and encouraged our boxers. This was only the fourth time the
club has won major overall honors at the Indiana Golden Gloves. Everyone connected with the club should take
great pride in that ... and in the courage and effort displayed by our boxers this year.
|JEANEENE WITH THE 2005 TEAM TROPHY
PETER SOLAR NAMED GOLDEN BOY, LANDS OVER 100 PUNCHES IN FINAL
Only rarely do boxers in lower weight classes win the Golden Boy award for best
overall boxer in the tournament. Last night was a deserved exception. Peter Solar of Columbus Boxing
Club went toe-to-toe with Nathan Scarlett of Hayes Boxing in the 132 pound open final. Most cards showed more than 180
scoring punches in the bout, with 100 or more landed by Solar. The bout had people leaping to their feet and screaming
by the middle of the third round and the deafening crescendo grew to the dramatic conclusion in which both boxers gave up
on defense and engaged in an all-out slugfest. Aisles around the ring were packed with applauding fans at the
end and even the judges were standing and applauding.
May 6, 2005
|GOLDEN BOY, PETER SOLAR
In other bouts of interest:
Jimmy Campbell, Troy Samocki's opponent two weeks ago
in the 165 junior open division, delivered a stunning first-round head blow to Dave Nickelson, ending the contest.
Mustapha Johnson pulled out a razor thin 3-2 victory
over Merritt Warren in a four-round 165 open final featuring only about 25 scoring blows.
David Buggs retired Noe Medrano in the fourth round
of their 141 open final.
Shawn Kendall got a walkover in his 152 novice
final against Marvin Johnson, Jr., son of the former world champion. Kendall's teammate, Levi
Byram, came storming from behind to retire his opponent, Alex Leon, in round three of their contest.
May 6, 2005
SAMOCKI AWARDED JACKET AFTER A SCORING ERROR IS DISCOVERED
Troy Samocki became the club's first champion of 2005 after a judge's scoring error
was discovered on April 28th.
A week earlier, Troy met Jimmy Campbell in a bruising and bloody three-round bout
that saw Campbell declared the winner by judges' 3-2 decision. On April 28th, during a casual review of the prior
week's score sheets, Chuck Allen found one judge's card to be in errror. The judge had inadvertently scored the
bout 30-28 in favor of Campbell, but his score sheet gave 15, 7 and 9 points to Troy in the three rounds, a
total of 31 ... not 28.
Golden Gloves officials immediately reviewed the error and determined that Troy,
who has not worked out since the bout, should be awarded a jacket as a co-champion of the division. The bout
will be recorded as a 3-2 victory in his passbook.
Troy plans to fight at the Newsome Center on June 11th and is presently out of
town training for a new job that may take him permanently to Chicago or St. Louis.
April 29, 2005
|TROY AT RINGSIDE AN HOUR AFTER THE FIGHT
BUDDE EDGES RICHESON IN SEMIS
J. J. continued his march to the sea with a 5-0 decision over an able teammate,
Jarrod Richeson, in the 152 junior open semifinal. Jarrod's quickness preplexed J. J. in the first round and at times
in the second. Becoming more aggressive in the latter rounds, J. J. became more effective at cutting
off Jarrod's lateral escapes and eight-counted Jarrod twice in the third round. Jarrod was further hampered by
a third-round penalty for holding.
Both guys fought with skill and energy, and tremendous sportsmanship. The
only shame is that two of our best boxers had to meet at all.
J. J. now moves on to a championship final against Martin Valdez (Adam's first round
April 29, 2005
BEYERS AND BERNARD LOSE SPLIT DECISIONS
Jacob Beyers and Barry Bernard lost 4-1 split decisions last night in their Golden
Jacob Beyers may have come within 2 punches
on two cards of winning a jacket on Thursday night. His opponent got inside on him at the very start of the first
round, and stayed there. The inside play robbed Jacob of his tremendous height and reach advantage throughout
most of the bout, athough Jacob landed countless rights in close. Jacob never stopped firing back, but said
that he tired significantly at the end of the second round due to the undending barrage of inside punch exchanges.
Jacob's run through March and April, however, has been incredible -- two wins and
a split decision loss. He has only been in the gym for two months. He looks forward to fighting novice division
next year and may fight in northern Kentucky on Saturday if he can find an opponent.
Barry Bernard made a solid run at his 165 open semifinal
opponent last night, but also came up short, 4-1. His fight was a straight-forward and hard-hitting battle with no eight-counts.
He performed really well considering his open division status and the two year hiatus since his last fight.
Barry is a former Golden Gloves champion and had no prior losses other than a medical
stoppage due to an uncontrollable nosebleed.
April 29, 2005
MIKE DURHAM RECEIVES ATTITUDE AWARD
Mike Durham received a special presentation at intermission of the April 28th Golden
Gloves session. He was awarded a beautiful plaque representing his character and accomplishments in boxing in the
face of substantial obstacles. Congratulations Mikey D!!
JOHN RICHARD LOSES FRUSTRATING DUEL WITH SOUTHPAW
John Richard, a former Evansville boxer now boxing
for Danny Thomas at the East Side Gym, lost a 4-1 decision to southpaw, David Buggs. Fighting in the 141
pound open division semifinal, John had difficulty figuring out Buggs' left-handed style. John took
no major hits during the bout but was frustrated by his own inability to score. John, who is now 3-1
as an amateur, won last year's junior open title at 141 pounds.
April 22, 2005
The most unusual fight of Thursday night's Gloves session was the 132 pound
open division contest between Myles Cook of Ced's Boxing and Nathan
Scarlett of Hayes Boxing. The bout featured some cocky ring behavior by Cook and the crowd
sided with Scarlett as he closed out the fight strongly and appeared to win. When Cook was announced
as the winner by a 4-1 decision, however, booing erupted. Scarlett bent over in disbelief while Cook
leaped into the corner ropes with uplifted arms. The booing increased and several dozen irate fans
moved toward the ring to express their discontent with the judges at close range.
After the boxers left the ring for their post-bout exams, an obviously
stressed George DeFabes, president of the Indiana Golden Gloves, took center ring and struggled to gain the crowd's
attention with the help of the timekeeper's bell.
"The announcer... ", DeFabes said, "... made a mistake."
Scarlett -- not Cook -- was the winner by 4-1 decision. Cheering exploded
throughout the audience.
In fairness, Cook and Scarlett both exhibited enourmous sportsmanship
and respect for one another other as the bout ended, suggesting that any cockiness was just playfulness among friends. They
are both good kids and really fine boxers. It was just an emotional contest with an even more emotional
roller-coaster ending. Everyone in the arena was a little frazzled by it all.
April 22, 2005
HAMMOND AND FOUR OTHER BOXERS RECEIVE LYDAY SCHOLARSHIP RECOGNITION
Joey Hammond and four other boxers were recognized Thursday
night as winners of Thomas Lyday college scholarship awards during the 2004-2005 academic year. They received their
scholarship plaques in the ring during intermission. The Indiana Golden Gloves organization gives out multiple
$1,000 college scholarships each year to tournament participants meeting scholarship criteria.
April 22, 2005
|JOEY RECEIVING SECOND LYDAY AWARD
BUDDE AND BEYERS ROMP IN GLOVES OPENERS; KAUFMAN LOSES DECISION
|J. J. AND JACOB WINNING APRIL 17 BOUTS
J. J. Budde reaped the fruits of his monstrous
six-per-week workout and sparring schedule last night, roaring past Jose Guterez in the 152 pound junior open quarterfinal
for a unanimous 5-0 victory. J. J. used repeated aggressive flurries to take a huge punch lead after two rounds
(up 17 on one card) and then cruised home in a relatively even third round.
No one is our club has worked any harder than J. J. for this big win ... his
first ever. He makes all practices, spars all comers, travels to Princeton to spar and work out with Joey
twice a week, and does sprints and running on his own. In the last three months, J. J.'s weight has dropped
from 170 to 149 at weigh-in.
J. J.'s victory sets up and all-Evansville semifinal on April 28th when he will
square off with our own Jarrod Richeson, winner by unanimous decision last week.
Jacob Beyers drove his opponent, Jarred Cotterman,
into the ropes three times in short order, eight-counting Cotterman each time and winning the bout with an RSC at 1:30
of the first round. Looking poised, relaxed and focused, Jacob boxed with extraordinary effectiveness,
often waiting for separation at the ropes to deliver sharp parting blows. All three eight-counts occurred with
his opponent's back to the ropes. Jacob had a commanding punch lead when the bout was stopped.
Jacob will now meet Dustin Hobson for the 178 pound subnovice championship
on April 28th. Hobson fights with the Sarge Johnson Boxing Club. Hobson won by RSC in the
second round of his semifinal last night as well.
|MORE APRIL 17 ACTION -- JACOB AND J. J.
Chad Kaufman, a Louisville boxer who is affiliating
with our club, lost an 0-5 decision to a taller Steve Motton of Anderson. His efforts were hampered
by multiple holding cautions and warnings and by a fight that broke out in the audience during round two. Apparently,
an inebriated fan walked up to a stranger and touched her breasts, precipitating punches from her male friend and
return punches from his friends. The national guard broke up the proceedings after two brief flurries.
LAFAYETTE BOXING CLUB WINS NINE JUNIOR GLOVES TITLES, PLUS OUTSTANDING
BOXER AND TEAM TITLE
Congratulations to Terry Christian and his youth boxing club in Lafayette, Indiana.
Operating entirely out of a one-car garage, Terry produced nine Junior Golden Gloves champions at the inaugural event just
concluded in Indianapolis. His champs are: C. J. Brummett, Zach Denham, Austin Winger, Lee
Robb, Todd Taylor, Irving Robb, Justin Christian, Travis Depew and Alec Salvatore.
Alec Salvatore, 16, was voted the most
outstanding boxer of the 2005 Junior Golden Gloves. Alec defeated John Madrid of Columbus PAL by 5-0 in the 141
pound final. Madrid is capable of winning senior division titles right now, so you can imagine the level
at which Alec boxes. Alec is an absolutely incredible boxer and believe this -- you will hear more from
him at the Golden Gloves.
Terry's team is also the reigning INDIANA SILVER GLOVES TEAM
CHAMPION and the INDIANA JUNIOR OLYMPICS TEAM RUNNER-UP.
Congratulations to you, Terry, and to each of your fine boxers!
April 15, 2005
|BUSY DAY AT PRACTICE