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Sand Lake boxers take wins in Golden Glove championships

Sand Lake boxer Zach Schmuck lost a close decision last Saturday but will box in the state finals.

Sand Lake boxer Zach Schmuck lost a close decision last Saturday but will box in the state finals.

Three Sand Lake Boxers competed in the West Michigan Golden Glove Championships last Friday. Howard City’s Jon Hawley started the night out by winning a 5-0 decision in a 235lb Jr. bout against Holland’s Zack Calverley. Hawley began the fight with quick crisp punches in the first round and continued to control the fight with hard power punches throughout the bout, which forced the referee to give Calverley several standing eight counts.
“I felt great even though I had a short notice. I was excited to get back in the ring,” said Hawley.
In the 132lb championship bout, David Lewis defeated Holland’s Isaac Flores by 5-0 decision. Lewis used his superior hand speed to dominate Flores in all three rounds. David knocked Flores off balance on several occasion with his power shots.
“I just want to thank God, my trainer and all my family and friends for their support,” said Lewis.
In the 152lb championship, Rockford’s Zach Schmuck lost a close decision to Grand Rapids’ Rafael Ferreira, after dominating the first round. Schmuck was hit with several hard shots in the second round. In the third round Schmuck was able to recover and use his boxing skills to control the round but Ferreira’s big second round was enough to give him a 5-0 decision win over Schmuck.
Both David Lewis and Zach Schmuck will compete this Friday and Saturday in the State Finals against the top two boxers in their respective weight classes from the East side of the state. The Finals will be contested in Grand Rapids at the 44th street Armory.

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