This has been one exciting week in amateur pugilism in SWLA one that's certainly going down in history as not only the first ever Olympic Trials held here, but for the remarkable action as well.
When we follow our local high school football and little league baseball teams to tournaments and championships we know every game we play at each level the intensity builds and builds inside the competitor as well as the fan. The threat of a sudden loss meaning a disappointing trip home is impetus enough to propel most athletes through the pain of their chosen sport to win, the momentary glory of having hand raised high in the ring victorious must burn deeply in each and every one to even have made it to this level.
We commend all the boxers that participated and visited our area most of them far from their family, friends and supporters and wish you all the best win or lose going forward, you're all winners in our books. You've all demonstrated the skills, the will and the ability to be taught, trained, learn and execute a plan to succeed so no matter where life takes you, whatever career you end up in you have the basic skills to always be successful.
But, down to the numbers...
Here’s who confirmed their place in the finals Sunday, December 15, at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles. In the women’s 165 lbs. division, Morelle McCane of Cleveland, OH., used a patient approach to get a 4-1 decision win over Alexis Gomez from South San Francisco, Ca., and advance to the finals. She waited for Gomez to make a mistake and struck when the opportunity was best. With the win, she earns another shot at Naomi Graham of Fayetteville, N.C. The two were scheduled to fight yesterday but McCane missed the bout because of a scheduling mix-up.
Afterwards at ringside McCane said: I fought my fight, I took control of the ring. I’m fired up and ready to go. Boxing is adding to yourself every day. I’m just building. No let up.
Two Hundred Plus Pound Men Come Down to Brass Tacks Sunday
Jeremiah Milton from Tulsa, OK., of the men’s 201+ lbs. division followed the trend Hicks set by defeating Luis Alvarado from Kenosha, WI by unanimous decision. It was a rematch of the second round, a 4-1 decision win by Milton. Milton will have to take this strong performance into tomorrow’s bout with Antonio Mireles of Des Moines, IA, who’s dominated this tournament and won every bout by unanimous decision.
In talking to Milton about his tournament performance he said: What I noticed about this tournament is that you have to hit more gears. Every day you have to bring another gear. It’s Olympic trials. Everyone is trying to get to that spot. You have to make those adjustments on the fly. I knew I’d get here because I dedicated myself.
Like we said, every day, every game, every bout, every match gets tougher and tougher. The finals are tomorrow in Lake Charles at the Golden Nugget Casino, for tickets click here.