Tacoma Boxing Club had a great showing at the 71st annual Golden Gloves, with all four of its participating fighters earning victories. The boxing tournament took place at Memorial Fieldhouse on the campus of the University of Puget Sound on Jan. 19
The evening began with a 65-pound match bout between Reno Robles of Tacoma and Enrique Mota of Square Circle of Seattle. Robles won the battle of the two young sluggers.
Next was Jessy Brown of British Columbia facing Hugo Garate of Seattle-based Hands of Gold at 125 pounds. Brown was swinging wildly while Garate was landing his blows, sending his opponent to the canvas in the first round. The referee called the ring doctor over to check out Brown. The doctor stopped the fight.
Next was the only contest between female fighters at 125 pounds. Linhhong Schoch of the University of Washington boxing club faced Elizabeth Tunari of Square Circle of Seattle. Both fighters came out swinging from the get go, landing many punches in the first round. The boxers were more selective with their punches in the second round. After a flurry of punches from both fighters near the end of the third and final round, Tunari was declared the winner.
Hector Rendon of Tacoma had an exhibition bout at 141 pounds against Luis Alvarado of R&C Boxing out of Pasco, Wash. Rendon was effective with his left jab in the first round and punished Alvarado with body shots in the second. With Alvarado looking fatigued in the third round, it looked as if Rendon may win the fight. Instead, the judges declared Alvarado the winner, drawing a few boos from the hometown fans. Both fighters advance to the next round in Las Vegas.
Bryan Sanchez of Grand Avenue Boxing Club of Portland had an out-of-state championship bout at 152 pounds with Robert Couzens of British Columbia. The referee called a standing eight count on Sanchez after taking some hard hits in the first round. Sanchez looked to be tiring as the fight continued. Couzens was declared the winner.
After a short intermission, Noah Williams of Tacoma had an in-state championship bout at 152 pounds with Blas Magana, an unaffiliated fighter from Quincy, Wash. Williams had an advantage with height and reach, standing seven to eight inches taller than his foe. Williams landed some solid body shots in the first round. Magana got Williams in a corner in the second round, but the Tacoma fighter escaped and landed more punches. Williams put his longer arms to good use in the third round, landing some shots to the head while displaying good footwork. Williams was declared the winner.
Omar Murillo of Church Street Boxing Club of Salem, Ore. faced Andrew Murphy of Yakima Police Athletic League at 165 pounds. At one point Murillo was knocked down, but he got back up and won the fight.
Thomas Turner of Thurston County Police Athletic League faced Joe Aguilar of Grand Avenue at 178 pounds. Aguilar won the fight.
Next was Ramel Clasablanca of Tacoma against Rolando Montiel of Square Circle at -201 pounds. Clasablanca was the taller of the two fighters and used that to his advantage. In the second round, he was mixing up head and body shots and punishing his opponent with his left jab. The referee called for a standing eight count on Montiel, then decided to stop the fight.
The final bout of the night was at 201+ pounds, between Richard Bauer of Tacoma and Charles Bardn of Emerald City Boxing Club of Seattle. Bauer was effective with his right hook in the first round. A few seconds into the second, the referee called a standing eight count for Bardn. Soon after Bauer knocked him down and the fight was stopped.
Clasablanca received the Golden Boy trophy. He felt he was in a little better condition than his opponent and a little faster. Asked about the effectiveness of his jab, he credits coach Tom Mustin of Tacoma Boxing Club and the other coaches there. “They always preach the jab. It is the money punch,” Clasablanca remarked.
Bauer, who has been boxing for three years, had been an unaffiliated fighter. After his previous coach moved out of the area, Bauer was contacted about joining Tacoma Boxing Club. “Coach Mustin saw my passion,” he said. “It has changed me from a losing boxer to a winning boxer.