Team Gladiator's Rocco Salimbene battled Adirondack, New England and announcer to win spot on Region 1 Junior team...Salimbene had his name butchered by the tournament announcer each time he entered the ring, and when his two winning decisions were announced over the two-day event at US Olympic Center in Lake Placid. On Saturday Rocco fought New England's Anthony Marsella to a close 10-9 decision. Computer scoring was used which meant a boxer could only receive a point if 3 of 5 judges pressed the same button within 1 second of each other. Where Rocco had a slim lead going into the 3rd and final round, he stayed even on the computer scoring to keep his one point victory. In Sunday's final, Rocco faced Adirondack's Abraham Nova - a taller and lankier opponent. Salimbene lead by a big margin after the first round because he punched 4-5 times and was effectively landing blows. In the 2nd and 3rd rounds he kept up the same pace and won the Championship with a 18-11 scoring decision. 

In other Senior Boys action, New Breed's Zach Delorenzo finished 2nd in the #125 category. Zach beat and bloodied MetroNY's Christian Pepe in their Semi-Final match by a score of 20-6 to advance to the Final. He had trouble with Connecticut's George Naclerio and lost the decision. The judges seemed to have trouble with the scoring in this bout as Zach was able to rally in the 3rd round but the points were not coming up in his favor. Elite's Muhammad Girard took 2nd in the #101 class losing a decision to a boxer from Adirondack. Middletown PAL's Edwin Trebotica was defeated by a Niagra boxer in their #119 bout and finished 3rd in that division. Kevin Hernandez of Ace's Gym was stopped by a New England boxer in their #154 bout

Elite's Shakur Stevenson defeats MetroNY boxer to win Intermediate crown...Shakur's opponent was Bruce Carrington from NYC. All of the Metro boxers, coaches, and supporters in attendance had already anointed their boxer as the winner before the match, but Shakur dominated the bout winning a 12-3 decision. Shakur defeated New England's Cassius Chase in the Semi-Final by a 12-10 score to advance to the Championship. Paterson's Jimmy Serra fought a textbook match for computer scoring on Saturday. He threw combinations with 6-8 punches and never let up for a 20-2 win over Roeson Cobbs from Adirondack in their #80 Semi-Final bout. Jimmy did not have an answer for Metro's Ray Lee Cuadrado and finished 2nd, losing  in the Final 12-6. Plainfield's Edward Dawson took 2nd place losing a decision to a MetroNY boxer in their #95 match.

Overall New Jersey boxers were 6-6 for the event finishing behind MetroNY who won the Junior Team Trophy. Passaic's Kevin Acosma (110), Paterson's Trent Tedesco (165), and Elite's Edna Jackson (176+ Girls) were walkover boxers who qualified because their were no opponents registered in the weight classes from any of the other LBC's so they are on the Region 1 roster as well to compete in the Junior Nationals. Paterson's Julian Rodriguez (125) and Team Gladiator's Rob McCarthy (176+ Boys) are also entered into the USA Boxing Junior Championships for winning titles in the Silver Gloves event held in February.

NJ Golden Gloves boxers returning from Arkansas...Leroy Davila of Newark's Combatt Boxing Club won his opening Mens #114 match against an opponent from Metro New York. He won his Quarter-final match against an opponent from Nevada. But he was then matched against Rau'shee Warren of Cincinnait - the youngest member of the 2004 Olympic US Boxing team, 2007 World Champion, and again 2008 Olympian in China. Davila lost by decision in the Semi-Final match to Warren, but was awarded a Bronze medal for his effort. Leroy is now on his way back home to prepare for the Region qualifiers in Lake Placid May 28-30. The Region #1 meet will match New Jersey boxers against others from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New England, the Adirondack and Niagra areas of New York State, as well as Metro NY (New York City). Davila will try to defeat opponents and qualify to compete at the USA Boxing Nationals in Colorado this coming July. 

Recapping all the NJ boxers, at 123 Jose Martinez of Middletown PAL was a substitute team member, and lost his bout to a boxer from Kansas City. Tyrone Luckey also from Middletown PAL  was defeated in a 132 match against Washington DC. At 141 Donald Roberts from Trenton's Goss&Goss Boxing Club was defeated by a Mid-South opponent. Newark's Shakur Jackson from Elite Boxing won his opening 152 match by defeating an opponent from Cincinnati, but then lost to another Mid-South boxer. John Thompson, also from Newark and Dew Drop Boxing Club was defeated in his 165 match by Washington DC. At 178 Lisandro Tupete of Paterson's Ike&Randy's Gym was also a substitute team member, but lost to a Chicago boxer. Trenton's Michael Hilton at 201, also of Goss&Goss lost to a Pennsylvania opponent. Probably the biggest surprise was Super Heavyweight Aaron Kinch from Newark's Aspira Boxing Club. He won his opening 201+ match against a Cleveland boxer, but then lost a decision  to Kansas City.

The Men's Open winners who will represent NJLBC in Region matches to qualify for the USA Boxing National Championships in July are:  

(114) Leroy Davila, Combatt BC - Newark; (123) Jesus Gonzalez, Elizabeth Rec; (132) Rickey Edwards, Joe Grier's Boxing Academy - Paterson; (141) Angel Vargas, Middletown PAL; (152) Shakor Jackson, Elite BC - Newark; (165) Anthony Gangemi, Dover BC; (178) Lisandro Tupete. Ike & Randys' BC - Paterson; (201) Michael Hilton, Goss & Goss - Trenton; and (201+) Tyrell Wright, Renegade BC - Jersey City. Tabatha Younger, Gattling Center represents the NJLBC in the Women's Open 152.

The Boys Open 15/16 NJLBC team is (101) Muhammad Girard, Elite BC - Newark; (110) Kevin Acosma, Passaic PAL; (114) Edwin Trebotica, Middletown PAL; (119) Zach DeLorenzo, New Breed BC - Freehold, (125) Julian Rodriguez, Bergen PAL - Hackensack; (132) Rocco Salimbene, Team Gladiator - Forked River; (138) Carlos Lopez, Union City BC; (145) Isaiah Castanon, Bergen PAL - Hackensack; (154) Kevin Hernandez, Ace's Gym - Bergenfield; (165) Trent Tedesco, Bergen PAL - Hackensack, and (176+) Robert McCarthy, Team Gladiator - Forked River. Edna Jackson from Elite BC was a walkover in the Girls 15/16 176+ Division and was the only Open junior female competitor to enter the NJLBC tournament.

Boys 13/14 winners advancing to the Region meet are (80) Jimmy Serra, Bergen PAL - Hackensack, (85) Shakur Stevenson Elite BC - Newark, and (95) Edward Dawson, Plainfield Boxing Academy.

Bergen PAL's Julian Rodriguez and Team Gladiator's Rob McCarthy win National Silver Gloves titles...Julian Rodriguez won the Silver Gloves crown in the Boys 14/15yr old 125 pound division at the National Silver Gloves Championships held in Independence, Missouri Feb 3-6. Rob McCarthy won the title also for that age group in the Super Heavyweight category.

Rodriguez defeated Ruben Ozuna from Region 3 in his opening match. The next day he defeated Mario Esparza of Region 8 in his semi-final bout. In the Finals he faced Juan Jones III from Akron, Ohio (Region 2). Julian defeated him to take the championship and was named Outstanding Boxer for that age group by the Silver Gloves committee. McCarthy first defeated Billy Rice of Region 2 in a semi-final match, and the stopped Deonte Lezine from Racine, Wisconsin (Region 4) in the Finals to become a champion as well.

In the 12/13 yr old category Jimmy Sierra (#75)  and Christian Bermudez (#90) both won their opening bouts before being eliminated in their next bouts. Other boxers from New Jersey who boxed in the tournament were John Bauza, Isiah Castanon, Isaac Cuellar, Zach DeLorenzo, Jose Ferrer, Muhammud Girard, Richard Johnson, Tyree Quinones, Asnh Shakur Stevenson, and Trent Tedesco. The NJLBC salutes all the Junior boxers on their efforts and is proud to recognize both Julian and Rob for their accomplishments.

AIBA revises Men's lighter weight categories - USA Boxing to qualify Open boxers for 2010 Regional and National events under changed weights...Please see the comparison of the former weight categories to what they will be now. The new categories will be used in the NJLBC Tournament starting Sat January 30th in the Men's Open Class competition. Duration of bouts is still 3 rounds, 3 minutes:

Up to 106 eliminated ..... New Division = 101 up to 108
Up to 112 eliminated ..... New Division = up to 114 (109 - 114)
Up to 119 eliminated ..... New Division = up to 123 (115 - 123)
Up to 125 eliminated ..... New Division = up to 132 (124 - 132) 
Up to 141 - as before
Up to 152 - as before
Up to 165 - as before
Up to 178 - as before
Up to 201 - as before
Up to 201+ - as before

This change was made by AIBA as the new categories for the World Championships in September. Since USA Boxing's Nationals are in June,  they want the boxers to come to Colorado prepared for the new weight divisions. So, our NJLBC will be revised for the Men's Open to reflect these changes as well, and boxers qualifying to go to the Region 1 event in May will also be competing in these (new) categories.

Elite Boxing's Shakur Stevenson with Coach Wali at Olympic Center in Lake Placid. Shakur was the 13/14 Intermediate Boys Champion in the #85 Weight Class
Rocco Salimbene from Team Gladiator wins the 15/16 Senior Boys #132 division with help from Plainfield's Albert Knight. Rocco will travel with other Region 1 winners to Camp Lejune, NC for USA Boxing Junior National Championships in June.

New Jersey Boxers compete on National Level ... Our Region al  #1 team came away with one National champion,  Metro's Pedro Sosa @ 141 . Female Jody Ann-Weller  won the Gold medal @ 125 weight class. Female Latarisha Fountain won  the Silver in the welterweight class . 
Our New Jersey boxers competed on the national leval and Shakor Jackson is ranked #4 in the nation at 152 pounds! 
Leroy Davila lost his first bout 10-8 decision...Leroy started off slow and just could not catch up. 
Ricky Edwards lost his first bout by disqualification (holding) . 
Anthony Gangemi won his first bout 8-3 dec and lost his second boiut 12-3 decision . 
Shakor Jackson won his first bout after 3-3 tie,went to level 1 tiebreaker (jury) which gave him a 6-5 dec.Shakor won his second bout 10-5 dec. 
Shakor lost his 3rd bout 4-2 dec.Shakor fought for 3rd/4th place and the Bronze medal...lost 13-11 dec. 
Our New Jersey boxers showed that they can compete on the national level.... 
Our focus on the local level for the remainder of 2010 and for 2011 evolves around preparing our boxers for computer scoring and continuing to educate the athletes at all levels. Excellent Job !!! 
On the local level have to do  improve on getting our boxers prepared for computer scoring. Overall - we are very proud of the team. Job well done! 
Leroy Davila, Rickey Edwards, Shakor Jackson, and Anthony Gangemi to represent Northeast Region at USA Boxing Nationals in July...Leroy from Combatt/Newark became the first NJ boxer to qualify for the Region 1 team by defeating MetroNY's Jason Benn by a 13-7 decision in the new 114 Division. Davila was much faster and put better combination's together during his bout. Rickey from Joe Grier'sBA/Paterson defeated Demetrius Rivera from Niagra by a 12-2 decision in their Semi-Final match. He then faced Marcos Suarez from Metro in the Final. Rickey was much faster than Suarez who showed that he kept his hands low and did not put punches together during his match the day before. Rickey had won the Region crown at 125 last year and now was victorious at 132 this year.

Shakor Jackson EliteBC/Newark moved up from Junior to Senior this year, the the NJLBC Outstanding Open Boxer continued to perform at high standard. He first faced Niagra's Pedro Melendez-Rivera in the Semi Finals and defeated him by a 12-8 decision. Then he faced a quick handed Nick Delumba from New England who showed he would combine 4-5 punches at a time, but without much power. Jackson was able to out point Delumba in the Finals to take the 152 Class championship.

Anthony Gangemi of DoverBC faced a taller and skilled Akil Fredrick of MetroNY in their Semi-Final match. But Fredrick seemed content to stand back on the ropes, while Anthony picked his shots like he was working a heavy bag for most of the three rounds. Gangemi won 10-2 to then meet New England's Tom Falawo in the Finals. Falawo again was taller and had a long reach, but Anthony was able to outwork his and win the 165 crown to become another member of the Region team representing the Northeast.

Tabitha Younger EliteBC/Newark, and also a part-time student at Kean University won her opening match by a 14-13 decision over Adirondack's Sarah Kahn. Unfortunately she was out pointed in a close Final match and was not successful trying to represent the Northeast in the Womens 152 pound class.

Other NJ boxers gained experience that should help them be better prepared for the future. Jesus Gonzalez from Elizabeth Rec was stopped by Frankie Garriga of Metro in the 2nd Round of their bout. Jesus may have been too light (116) to compete effectively in the 123 division but should be able to improve for next year. Tyrone Luckey of MiddletownPAL was defeated by Amir Iman in their 141 Semi-Final match. Lisandro Tupete from Ike&Randy's/Paterson lost a 9-5 decision to Mike Seitz from Adirondack at 178. Michael Hilton from Goss&Goss/Trenton lost to Bryan Daniels of New England by a 12-6 decision in the 201 Heavyweight category. Tyrell Wright of RenagadeBC/Jersey City was defeated by Roberto Morban of MetroNY by a 20-8 decision in the 201+ Super Heavyweight class. 

Overall New Jersey boxers finished behind MetroNY as the two LBC's continued to win most of the weight classes and represent the Northeast Region in the USA Boxing Nationals.
Irvington Combatt Tabitha Younger awaiting the Semi-Final announcement that she defeated Adirondack's Sarah Kahn by a 14-13 decision. Younger lost a 12-11 decision in the Finals

Elite's Rob Griffin was one of the coaches who traveled with the New Jersey team up to US Olympic Center Lake Placid for the Senior Northeast Region competition. Here he is working with Leroy Davila between rounds of his 114 match.

Lerory Davila celebrates his championship 114 victory over MetroNY's Jason Benn. 
Rickey Edwards wins his semi-final match over Demitrius Rivera of Niagra. Edwards would go onto defeat Metro's Marcos Suarez to win the 132 pound division and become the Northeast Region representative
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