LOWELL, Mass. (February 19, 2016) - Fourteen 2016 New England Tournament of Champions winners were crowned last night in the novice class of 70th annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship at historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
Team Central produced the most individual winners with seven, followed by Team Western with five, and Team Central had two.
The unofficial fight of the night was between Salem, MA welterweight Kenny Larson (Team Central) and his Dorchester, MA opponent Jarrod LoMax (Team Southern), in which Larson won a three-round decision, 3-2.
Portland, ME bantamweight Christian Morales (Team Northern) continued his performance run in the tournament, winning a three-round decision, 5-0, over hometown Lowell favorite Marquis Fowler (Team Central) Morales' impressive showings in the tournament will lead him into an open division spot in next week's New Englands.
In a Central N.E. (Greater Lowell) heavyweight final rematch, due to a round-time issue, Methuen's Jesus Flores (Canal Street Boxing) defeated Haverhill's John Roche (Haverhill Downtown Boxing) by the same score as their original match in another thrilling, back-and-forth bout ending a in three-round decision (5-0). The crosstown rivalry between the two gyms and boxers led up to another compelling match with Flores qualifying for Wednesday night's open class semifinals of the New England Tournament of Champions.
The New England Tournament of Champions open class semifinals and finals will be held next Wednesday and Thursday evenings, respectively, at Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
The Outstanding New England Boxer in the novice class will be presented to the winner this Wednesday night at the N.E. open semifinals.
See last night's results, as well as the remaining 2016 schedule.
Individual general admission tickets are available to purchase starting at $16.00 by calling the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office at 1.866.722.8881 or order online at www.LowellMemorialAuditorium.com Student tickets are also available for only $7.00 (student ID required).
Proceeds from the Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship go towards sending the New England Golden Gloves champions to the National Golden Gloves Championship (2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah), in addition to supporting local athletes and area gyms, the Boys & Girls Club, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, cancer funds, scholarships and many other great charitable causes.
NEW ENGLAND TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS FINALS RESULTS
LIGHT FLYWEIGHTS (106 lbs.)
Giovanny Hernandez, Central NE (Lawrence, MA)
Dario Firpo, Southern N.E. (Providence, RI)
FEMALE FLYWEIGHTS (114.lbs.)
Abdeljalil Sebbai, Western NE (Worcester, MA)
Christian Moura, Central NE (Hollis, NH)
FEMALE BANTAMWEIGHTS (119 lbs.)
Jennifer Perella, Central NE (Hyde Park, MA)
Marisa Messer-Belenchia, Western NE (East Haven, CT)
BANTAMWEIGHTS (123 lbs.)
Gabriel Morales, Northern NE (Portland, ME)
Marquis Fowler, Central NE (Lowell, MA)
FEMALE LIGHTWEIGHTS (132 lbs.)
Clare Duffy Central NE (East Boston, MA)
Kianna Kekoa, Western NE (New London, CT)
LIGHTWEIGHTS (132 lbs.)
Day'Shon Smith, Western NE (West Haven. CT)
Jonathan DePina, Central NE (Dorchester, MA)
FEMALE LIGHT WELTERWEIGHTS (141 lbs.)
Jessica Santiago, Western NE (East Hartford, CT)
Brittney Stockton, Northern NE (Keene, NH)
FEMALE WELTERWEIGHTS (152 lbs.)
Taylor Smith, Western NE (Westfield, MA)
Amanda Baldwin, Northern NE (Winooski, VT)
WELTERWEIGHTS (152 lbs.)
Kenny Larson, Central NE (Salem, MA)
Jarrod LoMax, Southern NE (Dorchester, MA)
FEMALE MIDDLEWEIGHTS (165 lbs.)
Kyla McCartney, Central NE (East Boston, MA)
Jennaviere Lawton, Western NE (Worcester, NE)
MIDDLEWEIGHTS (165 lbs.)
Brian Lawrence, Central NE (Dorchester, MA)
Marques Bates, Southern NE (Providence, RI)
FEMALE LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (178 lbs.)
Christina DaSilva, Central NE (New Bedford, MA)
Brittney Zelesky, Western NE (Worcester, MA)
HEAVYWEIGHTS (201 lbs.)
Marvin Jones, Northern NE (Burlington, VT)
Sean Gabriel, Southern NE (Marlboro, MA)
SUPER HEAVYWEIGHTS (201+ lbs.)
Fernely Felix, Jr., Western NW (Danbury, CT)
Peter Campbell, Central NE (Quincy)
CENTRAL NEW ENGLAND/GREATER LOWELL FINALS RESULTS
HEAVYWEIGHTS (201 lbs.)
Jesus Flores (Methuen, MA - Canal Street Boxing)
John Roche (Haverhill, MA - Haverhill Downtown Boxing)
70th annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship Schedule
(Lowell Memorial Auditorium - 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. first bout)
New England Tournament of Champions
(all four regions competing)
Open Class Semifinals - Wednesday, Feb. 24
Open Class Championship Finals - Thursday, Feb. 25
(all open class winners advance to the 2016 National Golden Gloves Championships, May 16-21, in Salt Lake City, Utah)