June 17th, 2006
This was our first
boxing show in Louisiana that NG&BC participated in. Sponsored by
Bad Boys Boxing Club out of Lafayette, some 200 spectators viewed the 24 matches
presented by some 12 boxing clubs from Louisiana and Mississippi.
Gym & Boxing Club participates in shows within the Gulf Region such as
Houston, Conroe or Bryan. To give our youth athletes additional
training with a variety of opponents, we decided to cruise to the Southern
Region of USA Boxing®.
We look forward to another trip to Louisiana following several more shows in
Houston to compete August 5th in Crowley, Louisiana.
We took six boxers
to the Lafayette Show in the motorhome and returned with two 1st place
trophies with 4 runner-ups. Several family members and friends of our
boxers drove some 2-1/2 hours from East Texas to support their boys.
Zane Conner, left, connects with a perfect left
hook to his determined opponent. Zane kept the pressure on throughout
all three rounds and was awarded the 1st Place Trophy in the 8-year old 86
pound bracket. Conner used the fundamentals he has been learning to
perfectly execute a variety of blows that slowed his aggressive opponent to
a crawl by the final round.
Chalk up another victory for Frederico Johnson,
right, as he threw barrage after barrage of blows to his south paw opponent
from Mississippi. In the opening seconds of the 1st round, he charged
Frederico with the intent of stopping the match early. That was the
wrong game plan and Frederico was ready to react. Freddy immediately
responded, flipped the switch and went on the attack. Although the
boxer was strong, experienced and capable, the referee stopped the fight
late in the 2nd round when, for the second time, Frederico delivered an
awesome straight right lead and caused the ref to give his opponent a second
standing 8-count and end the contest.
Zane Conner and his mom Amanda, posed with Zane's
1st Place Trophy following the match. "Zane followed my instructions
perfectly and used his long arms and determination to outpoint his
opponent," Coach Karpel commented following the match. "Zane is the
real deal and we expect he will be ready to take the gold in Golden Gloves
next February," Coach Tracy added.
Derek Poe, pictured with his family and their
friends, fought a textbook perfect fight with his skilled opponent from
Lafayette. "Derek delivered body and head shots that were executed
exactly like we have taught him," Coach Karpel commented. Poe has
improved dramatically since his last fight in May at a Lufkin show. He
is very disciplined in the gym and does more than is expected. The
true sign of an upcoming champion!
Beau Davis, right, pictured with his family
following his courageous and hard fought match. His opponent kept the
pressure on and Beau returned with perfect jabs and rights to keep his man
at bay. This was Beau's first fight and his coaches, parents and
fellow boxers were impressed.
This young man has improved dramatically
in body and mind since he started with Newton Gym & Boxing Club back in
February. He will take it to you and is not frightened to get in on.
His supportive parents commented that since Beau has been in training, his
self-confidence is emerging as his skills and body development continue.
Also pictured is his brother, Brennen, 6, who trains at the Club also.
Skylar Conner fought a great match although the
split decision went to his opponent. Conner is a charter member of the
Club and has been boxing for nearly a year. His footwork is
exceptional, hand speed awesome and his power is hard to rival in the 10
year old division. Skylar continues his quest to win Golden Gloves in
February as he moves from the sub-novice to novice class.
Our newest boxer and Hot Prospect is Billy Ray
Bobbitt. He works construction full-time yet shows up at the Club
around 5:30pm and gives his workouts full concentration and effort. He
will be ready to box competitively around the middle of July.
Athletic, strong and aggressive, Bobbitt is a natural born competitor and
will surely dominate the 178 pound bracket in the months to come.
Billy Ray did all the filming from the video deck in preparation for the
staff at Newton Gym & Boxing Club to produce a DVD for each member of the