The Sand Lake Boxing Club hosted the 2nd annual Tri-County Boxing Classic last Saturday, October 20, in Howard City. Five Sand Lake boxers competed and all but one came away victorious.
Cedar Springs’ Austin Reed began the night for Sand Lake. Austin faced Alberto Perez of Grand Rapids. Austin began the fight strong but was unable to finish the first round, after being hit with some hard shots from Perez. In the fourth bout of the night, Rockford’s Zach Shmuck out-boxed and dominated Ken Agnue, of Grand Rapids. In the fifth bout of the night, Leonardo Rios of Cedar Springs had his hands full with Giovanni Miranda, of Grand Rapids. Rios and Miranda exchanged hard shots for all 3 rounds but in the end Leonardo came away with the victory by landing the harder cleaner punches. In the sixth bout of the night, Davenport Lacrosse player Cody Cross came out strong and stopped Holland’s Eric McMahon in the first round.
In the main event of the night Ricardo Rios of Cedar Springs gave up 8 pounds and moved up a weight class to box Grand Rapids’ Germaine McKinney. McKinney was the 2012 165-pound state runner up in the Golden Glove tournament. Ricardo and Germaine fought 3 close and exciting rounds but Ricardo was able to win by landing the harder more visible punches.
“I didn’t fight in the show last year because my opponent cancelled and this year the only guy available was Germaine,” explained Rios. “He is quite a bit heavier but I had to take the fight. He is a very good fighter and I thought the fight was close, but I knew I had won.”
The Tri-County boxing show was once again successful in raising funds to help support the Sand Lake boxing club. Troy Rowland and Jose Rios would like to thank all the sponsors and all the fans who attended for their support.