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Golden Gloves Western Regional Boxing Tournament

Brandon Everett of the Mesquite Boxing Club won his semi-final match against Joshua Sullivan of the Oregon State Boxing Team Saturday night, March 19, but came up short Sunday in the Golden Gloves Western Regional tournament at the CasaBlanca Events Center.

Everett, representing the State of Nevada at 178 pounds, won on points against the Oregonian on Saturday. Everett dropped Sullivan in the first round with a hard blow to the head. Everett held off the brawling Sullivan to advance to the finals.

On Sunday, Everett stepped back into the ring against Marquice Weston, a six-inch taller foe from Washington. Everett battled through the longer reach of his opponent and landed some good headshots. The Washingtonian’s longer reach scored more points, with Weston winning the 178-pound match on points.

“I did my best but his height gave me a problem,” Everett said after the fight. “I hurt him a couple of times but couldn’t get the points.”

Everett went on to lay out his boxing plans for the future.

“I may fight two more amateur fights and then turn professional,“ said Everett.

On Saturday, 40 boxers from Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington began the day in 10 weight classes hoping to advance to Sunday’s final matches.

Local boxer Danny Ramirez was not so fortunate, as the 18-year-old lost in the 152 pound class on a Technical Knock-Out in the third round to a more experienced boxer, Luis Olivares.

Olivares, from Arizona, was voted the “Golden Boy” designation by the judges and referees as the top boxer of the tournament.

He showed the classic “Raging Bull” style of boxing, continuously moving forward while landing blow after blow.

Sunday’s finals started off with the Vasquez brothers, Santos and Oscar from Reno, handily beating their opponents in the 108 and 114 pound weight classes.

At 108 pounds, Santos went against taller Arizona fighter John Tijerina, who was the better finesse boxer but could not match the strength of his Nevada opponent.

This first fight of the afternoon was voted the best bout of the day by the judges and referees, with both combatants receiving a trophy.

Oscar Vasquez won the second bout of the day, defeating his Washington opponent on a TKO in the second round.

Nevada’s Luis Cortez at 123 pounds seemed to be cruising against Jerrell Barbour of Washington, but sat back on his lead and lost the bout on points in the last round. The announcement from the ring announcer was received with cat-calls from the audience.

Clemente Vega of Arizona won easily in his 132 pound weight class as both fighters had problems getting on track.

In another contested fight Nevada’s Kyron Butler, the favorite to win his 141 pound weight class, lost a disputed decision to Andre Keys of Washington state on points.

It seemed that Butler carried the fight to Keys for the first two rounds but sat back and allowed the taller Keys back in the match.

Olivares came back to win his 152 pound match against Jimmy Kay of Washington, stopping Kay in the third round on a TKO.

The 165 pound weight class had a dispute also, as Edgar Jimenez of Arizona seemed to be winning on points and was announced as the winner, but the announcer made a mistake and it was reversed, with William Maldonado of Washington getting the nod.

In the two last matches of the afternoon, the heavyweight and super heavyweight classes were slower.

Nevada’s Andrew Tabiti stopped his opponent on points and Arizona’s Dante Stone won over a tired Rydell Gipson from Nevada.

The state of Washington’s boxing team won the tournament’s team trophy, with Nevada coming in second.

The winners will advance to the 2011 National Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis, Indiana April 25-30 at the Indiana Convention Center.

Source: Mesquite Local News

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