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With nearly 300 boxers, the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions was a true knockout performance
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Pat Barry, right, and grandson Hunter Sanchez congratulate Super Heavyweight champion Jermaine Franklin of Michigan after the conclusion of the 2014 Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions May 17 at the LVH.

California boxers Malcolm McAllister and Ruben Villa captured victories Saturday night during the championship round of the National Tournament of Champions at the LVH.  

 McAllister beat Tory Williams of Mid-South for the 178-pound title while Villa beat  Gary Antonio Russell of Capital Heights, Maryland/Washington in the 123-pound class in the six-day event.  

 Gary Anaunne Russell beat Jaron Ennis of Pennsylvania to lead Washington DC to second place in the standings. Heavyweight DeRae Crane beat Shawndell Winter in the 201-pound class leading Colorado/New Mexico to a third place spot.

Nevada boxer Quontez McRath lost in his bid to win the title in the 152-pound category when he dropped a decision to Samuel Velentin of Florida.

 Presented by Barry’s Boxing Center in Las Vegas along with Mayweather Promotions and Ringside, the event featured about 300 boxers from all over the nation. The event drew strong media interest to the grounds of the old Las Vegas Hilton before its name was changed.  In its day, the Hilton was the home to a long list of entertainers including the legendary Elvis Presley.                                                                                  

From the opening fight May 12 until Jermaine Franklin of Saginaw, Mich. scored a decision win over Cam F. Awesome of Lenexa, Kansas in the super heavyweight fight, it was non-stop action as one of the purest forms of athletics was highlighted.

 In what was a definite center stage performance, the dedication of the Golden Gloves, its crew of referees, judges and the rest combined with Barry’s Boxing and Mayweather Promotions to present a spectacular and a well-run program.

To a borrow an old line from boxing, the knockout performance was highlighted by the fact that 80 bouts were presented May 14 – and the show was concluded well-ahead of schedule as the tournament began to pair itself down to 20 bouts May 16 and ten championship bouts on the final night.  

 Barry’s Boxing Center will also present the Junior Golden Gloves Championships July 15-19 at the CasaBlanca Event Center in Mesquite.

Saturday's Championship Bout Results                                                                         *The city or region following the hometown indicates the athlete’s Golden Gloves franchise

108 lbs: Christian Carto, Deptford, N.J./Pennsylvania dec. Leroy Davila, New Brunswick, N.J./New Jersey, 3-2
114 lbs: Antonio Vargas, Kissimmee, Fla./Florida dec. Mikhail Montgomery, Macon, Ga/Knoxville, 5-0
123 lbs: Rubin Villa, Salinas, Calif./California dec. Gary Antonio Russell, Capitol Heights, Md./Washington DC, 4-1
132 lbs: Maliek Montgomery, Macon, Ga./Knoxville, dec. William Foster, New Haven, Conn./New England, 4-1
141 lbs: Gary Antuanne Russell, Capitol Heights, Md./Washington DC dec. Jaron Ennis, Philadelphia, Pa./Pennsylvania, 5-0
152 lbs: Samuel Valentin, Land O' Lakes, Fla./Florida dec. Quontez McRath, Las Vegas, Nev./Nevada, 3-2
165 lbs: Marquis Moore, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado-New Mexico dec. LeShawn Rodriques, Shirley, N.Y./New York Metro, 3-2
178 lbs: Malcolm McAllister, Long Beach, Calif./California dec. Tory Williams, Hammond, La./Mid-South, 4-1
201 lbs: DeRae Crane, Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado-New Mexico dec. Shawndell Winter, Riverdale, Ill./Chicago, 5-0
201+ lbs: Jermaine Franklin, Saginaw, Mich./Michigan dec. Cam F. Awesome, Lenexa, Kansas/Kansas City, 3-2

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