CNE Open & Novice Division Championship results from Lowell 72nd annual Lowell Sun CharitiesGol

CNE open division lightweight champion Brandon HiggIns, of N. Chelmsford (MA), (picture courtesy of Ed Boches / Boches Photography) his stiff jab to defeat Nathan Balakin

LOWELL, Mass. (February 2, 2018) - The Central New England (Greater Lowell) Championships, part of the 72nd annual New England Golden Gloves Championships, concluded last night with open and novice class championship matches at historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Nashua, NH middleweight Michael Fontanez and Brockton, MA lightweight Shane Jordan were named Outstanding Boxers, respectively, in the open and novice divisions.

Nashua PAL had the most individual champions, three, followed closely by Everybody Fights with two. All individual CNE open and novice champions qualified for the upcoming New England Tournament of Champions. "Last night was another example of why fans should arrive early," N. E. Executive Director Bobby Russo said. "The second and third fights of the night stole the show. The second bout was a brawl between Jessica Lamproon and Willow Crawford. They came out of their corners throwing punches and never let up through the fight. It was difficult to pick a winner, but Jessica won a decision, 3-2. We had the largest crown of the season. They were really enthusiastic from start to finish and Jessica and Willow had the place rockin'. The third fight of the night, Shane Jordan versus Kevin Rodriguez, was awesome as well "Overall, we had 14 great, action-packed fights in both open and novice class championship matches. Now, we're on to the New Englands!". The New England Tournament of Champions starts this coming Thursday (Feb. 8) with Novice Class Semifinals on tap at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. See the complete 2018 schedule of events below as well as last night's complete results. Championship packages are now available for all four remaining championship events (NE novice and open division semifinals and finals) and reasonably priced, starting at $55.00 (general admission). To purchase call the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office at 1.866.722.8881 or order online at www.lowellauditorium.com. Individual event tickets are also available to purchase, starting at $16.00, only $7.00 for students (ID required). Buy tickets early to avoid long lines. Proceeds from the Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship go towards sending the New England Golden Gloves champions to the National Golden Gloves Championship (starting May 14, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska), 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. OFFICIAL RESULTS:

Feb. 1, 2018

OPEN BANTAMWEIGHTS (123 lbs.) Joseph Valdez, Amhurst, NH / Nashua PAL Dec (5-0) Troy Anderson, Dorchester, MA / Nonantum Boxing LIGHTWEIGHTS (132 lbs.) Jonathan Depina, Dorchester, MA / Everybody Fights Dec (5-0) Clay Scata, Framingham, MA / Nonantum Boxing Club FEMALE LIGHT WELTERWEIGHTS (141 lbs.) Ashleigh Moore, Buzzards Bay, MA / Nonantum Boxing Dec (3-2) Erika Skoog, Roxbury, MA, Nonantum Boxing LIGHT WELTERWEIGHTS (141 lbs.) Brandon Higgins, North Chelmsford, MA / Lowell West End Dec (5-0) Nathan Balakin, Tyngsboro, MA / Lowell West End WELTERWEIGHTS (152 lbs.) Xavier Vega, Lawrence, MA / Canal Street Boxing Dec (4-1) Peter Maher, Arlington, MA / Somerville Boxing Club MIDDLEWEIGHTS (165 lbs.) Michael Fontanez, Nashua, NH / Nashua PAL DEC (4-1) Henry Gedney, Gloucester, MA / Gloucester Boxing Club HEAVYWEIGHTS (201 lbs.) Chris Angulo, (Allston, MA / Boston Boxing Dec (3-2) Edmond Worley, Lowell, MA / Upperkuts NOVICE FEMALE LIGHTWEIGHTS (132 lbs.) Jessica Lamproon, Dorchester, MA / Boston Boxing Dec (3-2) Willow Crawford, Manchester, NH / West End LIGHTWEIGHTS (132 lbs.) Shane Jordan, Brockton, MA / Everybody Fights Dec (5-0) Kevin Rodriguez, Lawrence, MA / Intenze 978 FEMALE JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS (141 lbs.) Stephanie Kahn, Brighton, MA / The Ring Dec (3-2) Sara Beqo, Dorchester, MA / The Ring JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS (141 lbs.) Nelson Perez, Marlboro, MA / Upperkuts Dec (5-0) Steve Rao, Lowell, MA / West End WELTERWEIGHTS (152 LBS.) Alexander Lynch, Quincy, MA / Grealish Boxing Club DEC (3-2) Apostolus Lolos, Manchester, NH / Manchester, NH LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (178 lbs.) Jesse Batanda, Nashua, NH / Nashua PAL DEC (4-1) Kevin O'Leary, South Boston, MA / Everybody Fights FEMALE HEAVYWEIGHTS (178+ lbs.) Lauren Migliacci, Brighton, MA / Boston Boxing DEC (5-0) Ashley Kouyoumjian, Waltham, MA / Nolan Bros. Boxing 72nd 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 Novice Class Semifinals - Thursday, Feb. 8 Novice Class Championship Finals - Thursday, Feb. 15 Open Class Semifinals - Wednesday, Feb. 21 Open Class Championship Finals - Thursday, Feb. 22 INFORMATION: New England Golden Gloves Executive Director: Bobby Russo Director of Contestants: Art Ramalho Chief of Officials: Lauri Purcell Ring Announcer: John Vena Venue: Lowell Memorial Auditorium, 50 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA Website: www.lowellgoldengloves.com, www.lowellauditorium.com Twitter: @LowellGloves

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