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MGGA Boxers Advance to Semi-Finals

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The Golden Gloves Tournament on Wednesday was an action-packed evening. There were 17 bouts of amateur boxing featuring contestants from all over West Michigan.

All three boxers from the Michigan Golden Gloves Association (MGGA) gym won their matches. Niall Shimmell won by decision in the 165-pound Open Division. He came out steady in the first round and took over in the second landing some great shots. In the third round he was the clear aggressor backing up his opponent for the entire round.

Cameron Glenn got an early stoppage in the first round of the 201+ Novice Division. He went to the body early with hooks and knocked down his opponent for a 10-count early in the fight. Shortly after his opponent got up, Cameron landed another powerful body shot crumpling his opponent to all fours and a referee stoppage.

Raymond Mendoza, competing for the first time, won his match in the 154-pound Junior Division by decision after three rounds.

The West Michigan Golden Gloves Tournament is a four-day event held at the Grand Valley National Guard Armory on 44th Street and will continue at 7 p.m. this Saturday, March 27 and at 7 p.m. the following Saturday, April 3. Tomorrow’s event will feature 21 Senior Division bouts competing in the semi-finals and the opportunity to advance to the finals for the West Michigan title. But the action doesn’t stop there! The West Michigan Open Division champions will compete against the East Michigan champions in the State Golden Gloves Tournament the following weekend at the Armory, April 9-10. The winners of the State Tournament get to compete in the National Golden Glove Tournament of Champions in Little Rock, Arkansas in May 2010.

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