TEXAS vs. LOUISIANA
April 12, 2008
The Newton Gym & Boxing Club was
invited to participate in a great show at Crowley-Kiwanis Recreation Center
in Crowley, Louisiana.
Some 84 pre-matched boxers representing the Southern, Gulf and Southwestern
Regions weighed in and 42 bouts were
scheduled. The Show was well attended and the crowd enjoyed the action
packed Saturday evening.
Newton Gym & Boxing Club coaches Mark Karpel, Wes Barrow and Norris Treme
escorted our boxers and enjoyed the 7-hour event. Six boxers including
Ian Wolff, Zane Conner, Skylar Conner, Reginald "Reggie" Mayes, Joe
"Montana" Williams and Alex McCain represented the Club.
Unfortunately, due to either a no-show opponent or delays in receiving their
USA Boxing® passbook, Wolff and Williams did not have a bout.
Reginald Mayes, 13 and a Burkeville
Elementary School student, excited the crowd with his powerful attack and
his agility in the ring. Matched in the 180-pound weight class against a
Carencro, Louisiana boxer, Reggie took the Championship trophy with a
unanimous decision. His wind, endurance and perfect combination punches
simply overpowered his opponent late in the second round and throughout the
Skylar Conner, a 12-year old Newton Middle School student, earned his
Championship trophy by totally overwhelming a tough and more experienced
boxer from Clinton, Louisiana. Henry Allen, Skylar’s opponent, has been
boxer for 4 years and was the National Silver Gloves champion in his age and
weight class 2-years ago. Skylar kept moving and executing perfect scoring
combinations to take a unanimous decision.
Alex McCain, a 16-year old senior at Newton High School, was matched against
a tough left-hander, Vinnie Gary representing Backstreet Boxing Club from
Lafayette, Louisiana. The bout was action packed from the opening bell and
Alex kept the pressure on. Alex just fell short on points and was
awarded the Silver Medal by decision.
10-year old Zane Conner, a Newton Elementary student, used his long reach
well and kept jabbing and moving against his worthy opponent, Clayton
Sellers, representing Crowley Kiwanis Boxing Club. Zane’s height advantage,
quick footwork and precise jabs kept racking up the points. Zane continues
his winning tradition, as he was also the 8-year old Texas Silver Gloves
Champion in 2006.