Red, White and Blue Boxing Returns to the Green, White and Red of the IAC
Photo above: Winners of the inaugural card's Best Bout award, Kevin Johnson, left, and Yul Abragan, right.
By Arthur J. Bloberger Photos: A1 Photography
Monthly USA Amateur boxing came back to Las Vegas with a bang after a 20-year absence on Sat., Nov. 26, as competitors from nine different boxing gyms, as well as several unaffiliated boxers, met in eleven action-packed three-round bouts at the Italian American Club (just east of Eastern on Sahara Ave.). Presented by North Las Vegas’ Center Ring Boxing Club and promoter Jose Banales, and sanctioned by the Nevada LBC USA Boxing Chapter, it was the first regularly-scheduled club boxing event in Las Vegas since the historic Silver Slipper program ended two decades ago. Sponsors for the event were Castello Beer, Nika Water and Sportastic sports drink.
Formerly a staple of the 51-year old IAC (founded in 1960), the renaissance boxing event was filmed by Henderson-based Margate Entertainment’s TVS Television Network (the fourth oldest commercial network in the USA, founded in 1961) and will be available for public viewing via national broadcast syndication online at www.tv4u.com (in Spanish at TVSDeportes.com), as will each successive monthly IAC card.
USA Amateur Boxing Results from Las Vegas’ Italian American Club – 11/26/11
In the opening bantam contest (photo right), Israel Byrd of Las Vegas’ Pound 4 Pound Boxing Gym defeated Jose Cota of North Las Vegas’ Richard Steele Boxing Club. Although small and young, these two boys delivered a fast-paced bout that set the stage for the rest of the exciting afternoon.
The second bout (photo left) featured a hard-hitting, intermediate-class battle of 125-pounders as Luis Castenada of North Las Vegas’ Center Ring Boxing Club got the duke over Gerard Prieto from Arizona’s Mojave Valley Boxing Club.
Bout number three, an open-class contest of 144-pounders saw Thomas Buswell (photo right) of Pahoa, Hawaii, defeat Mojave Valley’s Jose Macias. Buswell’s stellar performance would go on to earn him the evening’s Best Boxer award. His future looks bright.
Winning the fourth bout of the afternoon (photo left), an intermediate-class clash of 89-pound youngsters, was Center Ring Boxing’s Alejandro Dominguez. He was victorious over Santiago Perrez of Las Vegas’ legendary Johnny Tocco’s Boxing Gym.
The first stoppage on the card came next as Las Vegan Treyvon Lucas Canete (photo right, with trophy) decked Johnny Tocco’s Jaime Gomez in a lopsided 124-pound juniors match-up.
At the half-dozen bout mark, a Tocco’s fighter picked up the gym’s first victory of the day as Issac Lujan won over Center Ring Boxing’s David Aguilar in a 129-pound intermediate battle (photo left).
Following a brief intermission, some excellent boxing was displayed in a pair of novice matches as the unaffiliated Enrique Montes scored a win over Aaron Hall of Las Vegas’ Boe Boxing and Fitness in a 162-pound bout (photo right), followed by Isai Carrazco of Las Vegas’ Elite Boxing stopping a bloodied Roberto Lopez of Las Vegas’s Boe Boxing and Fitness in a 156-pound clash (photo far right).
Bout nine saw Johnny Tocco’s Vinicius Pereira overcome the challenge of Center Ring Boxing’s Jordan Aguilar in an intermediate 102-pound match (photo left).
The only female bout of the afternoon was next as Maricela Cornejo from LA Boxing Huntington Beach stopped the overmatched and unaffiliated Kacie Martin in a meeting of 163-pound novices (photo right).
In the main-event spot (photo left and at top), a 148-pound open-class thriller, Kevin Johnson of Las Vegas’ Mayweather Boxing Club lost to Center Ring Boxing competitor Yul Abragan. And a main event caliber match it was, as it also garnered the day’s Best Bout award as it closed out the IAC event.
The next two IAC amateur boxing lineups are scheduled for Dec. 17 and Jan. 20, 2012, respectively, and great seats are only a $10 donation, with some of the finest concessions in town also available. Call the Italian American Club at 457-3866 for more info.