New England Tournament Of Champions
Western New England won its fourth consecutive New England
Tournament of Champions open class team title last night in
the grand finale of the 71st annual Lowell Sun Charities
Golden Gloves Championship, at historic Lowell Memorial
71st Annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship
Open Class Finals Results
Western NE had seven individual winners to earn the Bill
Hoar Memorial Award as the Most Outstanding Team. Northern
New England finished second with three individual winners
and Central New England had two.
"Once again," New England Golden Gloves Executive Director
Bobby Russo said, "it was a great tournament with so many
good, competitive matches. We had the biggest crowd of the
season turnout for the finals. The draw was done by
computer, so the marches were nice and fair. I really liked
the way these boxers were matched. The fans here in Lowell
have been appreciated for a long time watching good fights
and we plan to keep that rich tradition going."
Western New England bantamweight Nathan Martinez, who
defeated Joseph Valdez on points last night, was named the
recipient of the Thomas Costello Memorial Award as the Most
Norther New England lightweight Liz Leddy won her sixth
All-New England title with a close points win over Kelsay
Kaiser, while three-time National Golden Gloves champion
Rashidi Ellis (Central New England), who is the No. 2 rated
lightweight in the United States, took a decision against
defending N.E. champion Lyndsay Kyajohnian.
Western New England light heavyweight Elivis Figueroa
captured his third All-New England crown. His teammate,
Hampton Miller (pictured below), stopped Sean Gabriel in the
second round to win the Rocky Marciano Memorial Award as the
Most Outstanding Heavyweight Boxer.
Last night's open-class winners qualified to be members of
Team New England at the National Golden Gloves Championships
for men in Lafayette, Louisiana (May) and women in Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida (July).
"New England will be sending a strong team to the National
Golden Gloves," Russo added. "We may only have three female
boxers going to The Nationals, but each one of them have won
national tournaments. Anyone of the male boxers on Team New
England could win at The Nationals. I think Elvis
(Figueroa), Yarmarco (Guzman) and Josniel (Castro). I will
offer the Team New England head coaching position to Luis
Rosa from the winning Western New England team. We'll also
be brining Carlos Garcia (veteran coach from Worcester), who
will be inducted into the National Golden Gloves Hall of
Proceeds from the Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves
Championship went towards sending the New England Golden
Gloves champions to the National Golden Gloves Championship,
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.