Congrats to Shakur & Leroy!
Shakur Stevenson at the age of 18 will be representing not ONLY New Jersey, But the USA in the 2016 Olympic Games next summer. Shakur won all 4 of his bouts by Unanimous Decision. Andre Ward stated that he has the best chance of bringing home a Gold Medal for our country. Shakur has been trained by one of the top coaches in the sport and that coach happens to be his very own grandfather, Wali Moses.
123 lbs: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J., dec. Mikhail Montgomery, Macon, Ga., 3-0
123 lbs/winners bracket: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J. dec. Ruben Villa, Salinas, Calif., 3-0
123 lbs/winners bracket: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J., dec. Efren Lopez, Fresno, Calif., 3-0
123 lbs: Shakur Stevenson, Newark, N.J., dec. Ruben Villa, Salinas, Calif., 3-0
Leroy Davila is one of ONLY two boxers from New Jersey to win both the Nationals and the National Golden Gloves. Davila will be the alternate for the Olympic Team in the 108 lb, class. What I really like about Leroy is that he made no excuses, he didn't say he got robbed, even though it was a close split decision verdict, But he did thank everyone for their support and thanked GOD for giving him the talent to go as far as he did. He will always be a Champion, inside the ring as well as outside the ring, in the hearts of the people that know him.
108 lbs: Leroy Davila, Princeton, N.J., dec. Rondarrius Hunter, Atlanta, Ga., 3-0
108 lbs/winners bracket: Leroy Davila, Princeton, N.J., dec. Adrian Servin, Phoenix, Ariz., 2-1
108 lbs/winners bracket: Nico Hernandez, Wichita, Kans., dec. Leroy Davila, Princeton, N.J., 3-0
108 lbs/challengers bracket: Leroy Davila, Princeton, N.J., dec. Pablo Ramirez, Westlaco, Texas, 2-1
108 lbs: Leroy Davila, Princeton, N.J., dec. Nico Hernandez, Withita, Kansas, 3-0
108 lbs:Nico Hernandez, Withita, Kansas, dec. Leroy Davila, Princeton, N.J., 2-1d.
Congrats to John Bauza!
January 8, 2016: The 2016 Junior Open and Youth National Championships concluded with thirty-four gold medals bouts contested over nearly five hours in two rings on Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort Summit Pavilion in Reno, Nev. Thirty-four boxers in four different divisions won national championships in the first event of the year for USA Boxing.
The youth men’s light welterweight championship featured a showdown between Philadelphia and New Jersey in the gold medal bout. John Bauza (North Bergen, N.J.) and Branden Pizarro (Philadelphia, Pa.) battled it out for the title in the 141-pound division. It was Bauza coming out victorious in the contest, winning a 3-0 victory over Pizarro for both a national title and the Outstanding Youth Male Boxer of the Tournament award.
Those in attendance were in awe of the skill, speed and power Bauza exhibited. Bauza dominated every round and left no question in the mind of the judges or the fans as to who was the top boxer in the 141-pound division.
Bauza eliminated his opponents throughout the competition and was consistent in his performance throughout the tournament. With his eyes on the prize, Bauza never faltered, never tired, just brought the fight to each opponent in an outstanding manner. Folks wondered who is this young boxer and where did this young man come from. Now they know!
Congratulations John Bauza!
You truly made New Jersey proud.