Open Class Semifinals results from Lowell NEW ENGLAND TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS 71st annual Lowell Sun

LOWELL, Mass. (March 2, 2017) - An appreciative crowd enjoyed 11 action-packed matches last night in the open class semifinals of the New England Tournament of Champions, part of the 71st annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship, at historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Team Central edged Team West for the most wins last night, 4-3, followed by Team North and Team South with two victories apiece.


N.E. semifinals results below:


(winners listed first)

Central N.E. (CNE), Northern N.E. (NNE), Southern N.E. (SNE), Western NE (WNE)

Open Division


FLYWEIGHTS (114 lbs.)

Jose Ferrer, Jr. (New Bedford, MA / SNE)

WPTS3 (5-0)

Shin Merinda (Haverhill, MA / CNE)


Joseph Valdez (West Roxbury, MA / CNE)

WPTS3 (3-2)

Gabriel "Tito" Morales (Portland, ME / NNE)

Nathan Martinez (New Britain, CT / WNE)

WPTS (4-1)

Christian Figueroa (Central Falls, RI / SNE)


Dayshon Smith (West Haven, CT / WNE)

WPTS3 (5-0)

Michael Valentin (Providence, RI / SNE)


Efrain Nieves (New Haven, CT / WNE)

WPTS3 (5-0)

Marcelino DeBarros (Pawtucket, RI / SNE)


Josnell Castro (Portland, ME / NNE)

WPTS3 (4-1)

Michael Ohan (Holbrook, MA / SNE)

Xavier Vega (Lawrence, MA / CNE)

WPTS3 (5-0)

Jeffrey Gonzalez (New Haven, CT / WNE)


Yarmarco Guzman (Methuen, MA / CNE)

WPTS3 (3-2)

Trevor Lattimore (Bridgeport, CT / WNE)

HEAVYWEIGHTS (201+ lbs.)

Tim Hatfield (Providence, RI / SNE)

WPTS3 (4-1)

Zack Calmus (Gloucester, MA / CNE)


FLYWEIGHTS (112 lbs.)

Jennifer Amato (Keene, NH / NNE)

WPTS4 (5-0)

Marisa Belenchi (New Haven, CT / WNE)


Rashida Ellis (Lynn, MA / CNE)

WPTS4 (3-2)

Deborah Basora (Hartford, CT / WNE)

The finals of the New England Tournament of Champions will be held tonight (Thursday, Mar. 2) at Lowell Memorial Auditorium to crown the 2017 N.E. champions, who will represent Team New England at the National Golden Gloves Championships for men in Lafayette, Louisiana (May) and women in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (July).

To purchase individual tickets, starting at $16.00 ($7.00 for students), call the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office at 1.866.722.8881 or order online at

Proceeds from the Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship go towards sending the New England Golden Gloves champions to the National Golden Gloves Championship (2017 in Lafayette, Louisiana), 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

Photos by Kineo Photography

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