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83rd Cleveland Golden Gloves Finals Results

Levi Patterson saw the opening. Darren Wilder did not.

That’s all it took for Patterson to land the telling blow that likely decided the 152-pound open division championship Saturday night at the 83rd Cleveland Golden Gloves amateur boxing tournament. Patterson’s overhand right broke through Wilder’s left-handed defense and sent him to the canvas, bringing the crowd in the North Hall at Cleveland Browns Stadium to its feet.

Wilder proved game in recovering from the second-round knockdown, but the ringside judges were not swayed by his comeback effort and Patterson got the nod on a decision.

“I was looking for the straight right hand,” said Patterson, a junior at Shaker Heights High who is boxing out of the Thelma George/Empire Recreation Center. “It’s my favorite punch. I was looking for that the whole fight.”

Obviously, Wilder was not.

“He just put his punches together,” said Wilder, 27, representing the Thurgood Marshall/Police Athletic League. “Personally, I didn’t think it was fair. One knockdown is supposed to be one point.”

Maybe so, but the victory earned Patterson a trip to the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Indianapolis, April 25-30.

Antonio Nieves from Cleveland’s Old School Boxing Club has been to those nationals numerous times. However, he did not go last year.

In a rematch, Nieves became a five-time champion by avenging his 2010 loss to Anthony Tulley in an action affair at 123 pounds. Nieves, 23, came in with a sub-novice, novice and two open division titles to his credit.

He used a solid second round to earn points, scoring with a four-punch combination that staggered Tulley and forced a standing eight-count from referee George Nichols. Tulley, a Cuyahoga Falls High graduate, had his moments with a strong left hand, but the judges gave the decision to Nieves.

“I lost to him and it was haunting me,” said Nieves, who plans to compete at both the national Golden Gloves and the USA Boxing nationals in June. “I got it back. Since I should have had six titles, I’ll settle for five.”

At 132 pounds, William Flenoy from Thurgood Marshall earned a decision against Ramiro Hernandez from Thelma George. Flenoy won the 2008 open 125-pound title. In a bout between boxers from Cleveland’s Salvation Army Boxing Academy, Thomas Mattice denied Zeddie Adams a third straight title at 141 pounds.

In a disappointing turn of events, both Terrell Gausha and Levan Hicks were disqualified from the tournament at 165 pounds. According to tournament Director Clytee Dunn, both fighters failed to properly register with USA Boxing. Gausha was going for his fifth open title, with two at 178 pounds and a pair at 165.

At 178, Ryan Forbes from Thelma George decisioned Jimmy Bland from Inner City Boxing.
In a women’s feature, Cashmere Jackson from East Cleveland’s MLK/Premier Civic Boxing Team showed her skills in stopping Tacra Hughes from Thurgood. Jackson, the USA Boxing women’s national champion at 141 pounds, was landing with both hands and forced the referee to stop the bout in the second round.

The complete listings of champions are as follows:

Open Division:
108 pounds – Aurel Love (Old School Boxing Club)
119 pounds (female) – Asia Smith (Thurgood Marshal Police Athletic League)
123 pounds – Antonio Nieves (Old School Boxing Club)
132 pounds (female) – Tiffany Walker (Freedom Fighters)
132 pounds – William Flenoy (Thurgood Marshal Police Athletic League)
141 pounds (female) – Cashmere Jackson (Martin Luther King Premier Civic Boxing Team)
141 pounds – Thomas Mattice (Salvation Army Boxing Academy)
152 pounds – Levi Patterson (Thelma George Recreation/Empire Boxing Club)
178 pounds – Ryan Forbes (Thelma George Recreation/Empire Boxing Club)
201 pounds – Jason Bush (Thelma George Recreation/Empire Boxing Club)
201+ pounds – Marc Ward (Thurgood Marshal Police Athletic League)

Novice Division:
132 pounds – Jeremy Abram (Kings Gym)
141 pounds – Ronnie Hamayel (Southside Boxing Club)
152 pounds – Edwin Santos (Raul Torres Boxing Academy)
165 pounds – Ka’Ronn Sims (Cudell Recreation)
178 pounds – LaQwan Flores (Southside Boxing Club)
201 pounds – Jerrell Brown (Cleveland Boxing Club)
201+ pounds – LeSean Edge (Burnside Boxing Club)

Sub-Novice Division:
123 pounds – Lawrence French (Rock Hard Cash)
132 pounds – Brandon Sposit (Valley Forge Boxing Club)
141 pounds – Pierre Harris (Cleveland Boxing Club)
152 pounds – De’Aaron Mitchell (Southside Boxing Club)
165 pounds – Nick Pinero (Freddie’s Boxing Club)
178 pounds – Jahmalh Bradley (Cleveland Boxing Club)
201 pounds – Jerrell Brown (Cleveland Boxing Club)
201+ pounds – Robert Curry (Cleveland Boxing Club)

Source: Cleveland.com

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