Two repeating Regional Golden Gloves champions will lead the DC Region into the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions next Sunday in Lafayette, LA based on their impressive wins Saturday at the Regional Golden Gloves at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
Alexandria, VA 165-pounder Troy Isley won his second straight Open Division regional title defeating Ashton Sykes of Columbia, MD. Isley, who is ranked second in the country by USA Boxing in his weight class, was very accurate and outgunned the game Sykes. Isley was also named the Outstanding Boxer of the tournament.
Hagerstown, MD's Genc Pllana will also make his second consecutive trip to the nationals as he stopped William Jones of Hopewell, VA in the third round to win the 178-pound Open title. Pllana broke Jones down enough to gain three standing-eight counts during the contest and sealed the victory after knocking Jones down with a crunching left to the body.
The Avelar Brothers of Germantown, MD split in their bouts. Wilfredo Avelar won the 141-pound title with a victory over Diego Abregu of Leesburg, VA. However, Tommy Avelar lost his bid for the 132-pound championship by decision to Keyshawn Davis of Alexandria, VA.
At 152 pounds, Keeshawn Williams of Washington, DC won the title with a strange-looking third-round TKO over Jacques Jean of Alexandria. Williams was in control of the bout for the most part. However, Jean seemed to at least be competing and fighting back. Late in the third round, Jean's cornerman saw something he did not like and asked that the bout be stopped.
Steven Kelly of Fayetteville, NC captured the 201-pound title with a decision victory over Thomas Mottinger of Seaford, DE and Malik Titus of Baltimore, MD won the 201+-pound championship with a win over George Harris of Alexandria.
Here is your 2017 Regional Golden Gloves team that will head to Lafayette, LA April 30th-May 7:
108 Pounds: Julius White, Washington, DC
114 Pounds: Rasheed Wright, Washington, DC (also a two-time regional champion, in two weight divisions [108 and 114]. However, both regional victories were by walkover)
123 Pounds: Javon Campbell, Raleigh, NC
132 Pounds: Keyshawn Davis, Alexandria, VA
141 Pounds: Wilfredo Avelar, Germantown, MD
152 Pounds: Keeshawn Williams, Washington, DC
165 Pounds: Troy Isley, Alexandria, VA
178 Pounds: Genc Pllana, Hagerstown, MD
201 Pounds: Steven Kelly, Fayetteville, NC
201+ Pounds: Malik Titus, Baltimore, MD
In the Novice Division, one bout stole the show early in the evening. Davonte Warren of Laurel, MD won the 152-pound championship in an outstanding contest against J'oan Planas of Manassas, VA. These two boxers fought tooth and nail all through the bout including a fierce third-round that brought the crowd to their feet.
At 165 pounds, Christian Fayne of Richmond, VA won his second straight Novice title with a victory over Elan Trombley of Fredrick, MD. At 141 pounds, Khari Clinkscales of Manassas took the title with a win over Ian Simmons of Hillcrest Heights, MD.
The 201+-pound championship saw James McMurdo of Salisbury, MD land crushing shots to stop Ricky Campbell of Chesapeake, VA in the first round. Also, Giovanni Scuderi of Ashburn, VA won the 201-pound championship with a decision over Tyler Langer of Baltimore, MD and DeAngelo McDonald of District Heights, MD captured the 123-pound title with a win over Gabriel Smith of Heathsville, VA.
Two boxers won by medical walkover -- DaJuan Concepcion of District Heights, MD (132 Pounds) and Jason Ampy of Sutherland, VA (178 Pounds).
Here are your Novice Division Regional Golden Gloves Champions for 2017:
114 Pounds: Brandon Brockington, Forestville, MD
123 Pounds: DeAngelo McDonald, District Heights, MD
132 Pounds: DaJuan Concepcion, District Heights, MD
141 Pounds: Khari Clinkscales, Manassas, VA
152 Pounds: Davonte Warren, Laurel, MD
165 Pounds: Christian Fayne, Richmond, VA
178 Pounds: Jason Ampy, Sutherland, VA
201 Pounds: Giovanni Scuderi, Ashburn, VA
201+ Pounds: James McMurdo, Salisbury, MD