Day Two; Tokyo Olympic Dreams Live or Die in Lake Charles
Tuesday afternoon and evenings action in the Olympic Boxing Trials for the Tokyo Summer Olympics 2020 continued in the Civic Center with redemption being served up early by those that lost in the opening rounds coming back and keeping their hopes alive for next summer, while some went home.
Melody Popravak out of Brooklyn, N.Y., found her footing and secured a close win against Rachael Washington, New York, N.Y., in a 3-2 decision victory to advance in the women’s 165 lbs. Challenger’s bracket. Also moving on is Pasene Asuega of Wilmington, N.C. who advanced via walkover.
According to Popravak after the bout in her Brooklyn speech, which mixes well with some Cajun inflections to be heard in the room; I had to have a lot of focus and rest. I knew it was going to be a battle. I feel good. I needed that warm-up fight coming out here. Now that I got it under my belt, I have a better flow going.
A Pier 6 Brawl in the Men's Super Heavyweights
Things got heated in the men’s super heavyweight division when Deandre Savage from Las Vegas, Nev., and Pryce Taylor another fighter from Brooklyn, N.Y., nearly toppled over the ropes when they got locked up in the middle of the third round. Taylor eventually won by unanimous decision. Also advancing is Dominic Okopie from Houston who defeated Dacarree Scott from Decatur, Ga., also by unanimous decision.
Taylor said later: To be honest, I don’t think anyone else is a challenge for me; besides the person I lost to. It’s gonna be an easy road, honestly. I have to make sure I feel warm everyday and get this ‘W’ and get to the finals.
If you run into any of these athletes who you'll notice by their fine physical makeup and usually an Olympic Boxing jacket or clothing on, make sure to give them a good SWLA handshake and welcome and direct them to the best food, within their training parameters of course that you can.
The Olympic Trials continue through December 15, kids five and under are free and ticket information is here.