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Press Release – “Southeast Texas Regional Golden Gloves”

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“Southeast Texas Regional Golden Gloves”

Houston, TX – January 20, 2011

Texas’s top amateur boxers are currently preparing for the 75th annual Houston area Southeast Texas Regional Golden Gloves competition held at the Denver Harbor Multi Service Center, 6402 Market St., Houston, Texas 77020, February 9th thru February 13th, 2011 and will attract an array of spectators, some of Houston elite professional boxers and boxing promoters keeping tabs on the next crop of upcoming talent.

Alumni list of greats

Many future greats began their careers by boxing in their local Golden Gloves. Joe Louis was a Golden Gloves champion in 1934. Muhammad Ali, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Oscar de la Hoya, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are past national champions. Ronnie Shields was a three-time national champ, and along with Kenny Weldon, Termite Watkins, Raul Marquez, Jesse Valdez, Rocky Juarez and Hylon Williams Jr., all represented Southeast Texas in the national tournament.

The 2011 event is on track to boast one of the largest turnouts in the history of the event with over 400 boxers pre-registered for the tournament. There will be two boxing rings used and 25-30 bouts in each ring per night. This unique event provides an opportunity for male, female and junior boxers as young as eight years old of all experience levels to compete in one tournament. The fan favorite “All Comers” division allows boxers without any previous match experience to compete against each other, while elite level fighters will proceed through a single elimination bracket to decide who will represent the Houston area at the Texas State Golden Gloves tournament in Ft. Worth on March 2-5, 2011.

Returning champions in this year’s field will include Light Flyweight Daniel Ybarra from Elite Boxing Club in east Houston, Light Welterweight Roscoe Hill IV from J.Prince Boxing Club on the northside of downtown Houston, and from Savannah’s Boxing Club in southwest Houston, Welterweight Regis Prograis, Middleweight Damazo Tello, and Lightweight Zavier Combs. Prograis was selected “Most Outstanding Boxer” at last year’s tournament.

Seventeen year old Bantamweight O’Shanique Foster from the Golden Triangle Boxing Club in Orange, TX, will also be in the field. Foster has already earned his entry into the upcoming USA Olympic Trials with his win at the 2010 National PAL Championships. The National PAL and National Golden Glove champions from each weight class gain automatic berths into the field of eight boxers that will compete in a double elimination tournament to select the USA representatives who will compete internationally for spots in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Call for Former Champions

The Golden Gloves is celebrating its 75th Anniversary at this year’s tournament. The Southeast Texas Golden Gloves will be holding a special ceremony to recognize all former Houston area Golden Gloves Champions and needs help from the community to help get the word out to those champions to let them know about this special event. They will receive VIP treatment during the tournament there will be a special ceremony and luncheon to honor them before the bouts begin on Saturday.

Southeast Texas Golden Gloves is the franchise holder for the Houston area tournament, and will co-host the event with Constable Victor Trevino from Harris County Precinct 6. Proceeds will support the Local Boxing Clubs’ year round amateur boxing program and Constable Victor Trevino’s project, Constable’s Athletic, Recreational and Educational Events (C.A.R.E.) to aid youth and senior citizens.

In last year’s keynote address, Trevino stressed the courage and discipline required from each amateur boxer to step inside the ring and that each young man and woman who enters the competition comes out a better person through positive development of both their bodies and minds. He thanked the coaches and parents for supporting their fighters and emphasized from the point of view of the police department that, “having our area youngsters fighting in the ring, keeps them from fighting in their schools.”

For a five day tournament, encompassing over 250 contests, tireless dedication from ringside officials is a requisite and all are be thanked and commended for their time, energy and love for the sport and its competitors.

The Gulf Amateur Boxing Association is under new leadership this year as Randy Horn begins his first term as president and Juan Moya moves into the role of secretary and treasurer to ease the transition. Randy was previously the Association’s Chief of Officials and is a level 3 (national) referee who was selected as the “Most Outstanding Official” at the 2010 National P.A.L. Championships. He also serves on the National Rules & Regulations committee as a board member and secretary. Last year he founded and was the Tournament Director for the Houston Open Ring Nationals boxing tournament.

Weight Class2010 ChampionClubCoach
Light Flyweight (108 lbs)Daniel YbarraEliteRudy Silva
Flyweight (114 lbs)Josue MoralesAztlanJose Luis Vazquez
Bantamweight (123 lbs)Jerren CochranEastsideJuan Moya
Lightweight (132 lbs)Antonio CapulinScreaming EaglesNapoleon Gonzalez
Light Welterweight (141 lbs)Roscoe Hill, IVBossRoscoe Hill, III
Welterweight (152 lbs)Regis PrograisSavannahJ. Johns
Middleweight (165 lbs)Cesar MartinezScreaming EaglesNapoleon Gonzalez
Light Heavyweight (178 lbs)Cliff NewtonUltimate WarriorsNolberto Blanco
Heavyweight (201 lbs)Carlos HerreraRay’sRay Ontiveros
Super Heavyweight(+201 lbs)Raymond BrownP.A.B.A.Reverend Ray Martin

Current Reigning Champions

Children under the age of 12 are $5.00, general admission tickets are $12 and ringside tickets are $20.

For more information contact Juan Moya at 832-466-5153 or email at moya01@aol.com

Juan Moya, Sr., Tournament Director, Southeast Texas Golden Gloves