2016 California Silver Gloves
Once again, it was Julius Ballo of the Bomber Squad Academy, El Cajon, Calif. defeating all comers in another big tournament. This time it was the 2016 California State Silver Gloves. The 13-year-old, representing his local LBC 44 District of USA Amateur Boxing in the 12/13 year-old, 90 pound weight bracket, not only defeated last year’s Silver Gloves State champ, Mikel Clements, he defeated Samuel Contreras last year’s Silver Gloves National Champion.
Ballo will now be heading to the Silver Gloves Regional Tournament hosted by the Compton Sheriff’s Youth Activities League in Compton, Calif. on January 5, 6, 7, 8, 2017. Ballo was so impressive, the organizers decided to name him the outstanding boxer of the tournament.
USA National Tournament
San Diego County’s other high achievers: LBC 44 had two representatives in this year’s finals of the USA National Tournament held in Kansas City, Missouri. In the finals of the Youth/132 lb. (Lightweight) male category, they had this year’s Junior Olympic Champion Eric Puente from Vista, Calif. getting the best of Mario Ramos from the Bound Boxing Academy of Chula Vista. Just to get to the finals, Ramos had to defeat four individuals. In the 106-pound weight class, Alfred Vargas came in third. Andrea Medina lost a close one to Diana Estrada from Hillsboro, Oregon in the quarterfinals. When it comes to this match-up, it now appears they’re taking turns being the 132 pound National Champion.
Lazaro Francisco Lorenzana from San Diego came in 5th in his weight class and unfortunately Jessica Kiko Juarez failed to make the weight for her match.
Saturday’s Championship Results
Youth/114 lbs: Derry Noblen, Vacaville, Calif., dec. Malik Nelson, Avenel, N.J., 5-0
Youth/123 lbs: James Browning, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Rogelio Ortega, South Houston, Texas, 5-0
Youth/132 lbs: Eric Puente, Vista, Calif., dec. Mario Ramos, San Diego, Calif., 5-0
Youth/141 lbs: Wesley DiAna, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Christian Roman, Mercedes, Texas, 4-1
Elite Female/106 lbs: Jacquelyn Cuddleback, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, dec. Hillary Perez, Arlington, Texas, 3-2
Elite/108 lbs: Nicholas Scaturchio, Hartsdale, N.Y., dec. Efrain Sanchez, Garden City, Kans., 4-1
Elite Female/112 lbs: Virginia Fuchs, Kemah, Texas, dec. Marlen Esparza, New York, N.Y., 5-0
Elite /114 lbs: Fernando Martinez, Phoenix, Ariz., dec. Guillermo Gutierrez, San Antonio, Texas, 5-0
Elite Female/119 lbs: Christina Cruz, New York, N.Y., dec. Rianna Rios, Colorado Springs, Colo., 3-2
Elite/123 lbs: Duke Ragan, Cincinnati, Ohio, dec. Shon Mondragon, Commerce City, Colo., 5-0
Elite Female/125 lbs: Wendy Casey, Buffalo, N.Y., won by TKO over Trudy Li, Brooklyn, N.Y., TKO-3
Elite/132 lbs: Delante Johnson, Cleveland, Ohio, dec. Aaron Perez, Albuquerque, N.M., 5-0
Elite Female/132 lbs: Mikaela Mayer, Colorado Springs, Colo., dec. Rashida Ellis, Lynn, Mass., 5-0
Elite/141 lbs: Freudis Rojas, Las Vegas, Nev., dec. Frank Martin, Indianapolis, Ind., 3-2
Elite Female/141 lbs: Stacia Suttles, Bronx, N.Y., dec. Amelia Moore, Greenbelt, Md., 4-1
Elite/152 lbs: Quinton Randall, Katy, Texas, dec. Brian Ceballo, New York, N.Y., 3-2
Elite Female/152 lbs: Stephanie Malone, Louisville, KY., dec. Nisa Rodriguez, Bronx, N.Y., 3-2
Elite/165 lbs: Troy Isley, Alexandria, Va., dec. Javier Martinez, Milwaukee, Wisc., 5-0
Elite Female/165 lbs: Oshe Jones, Toledo, Ohio, dec. Naomi Graham, Colorado Springs, Colo., 4-1
Elite/178 lbs: Krystal Dixon, New Rochelle, N.Y., won by TKO over Ariana Borrero, South San Francisco, Calif., TKO-1
Elite/178 lbs: Cymone Kearney, Beaumont, Texas, dec. Sean Hemphill, New Orleans, Louis., 4-1
Elite/201 lbs: Cam Awesome, Lenexa, Kans., dec. Blake Davis, Davie, Fla., 5-0
Elite/201+ lbs: Nkosi Solomon, Brooklyn, N.Y., dec. Daniel Bean, Old Bridge, N.J., 5-0