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Sand Lake boxer wins state boxing tournament


David Lewis in semifinal bout.

David Lewis in semifinal bout.

Two Sand Lake boxers headed into this weekend’s state golden glove tournament with championship aspirations—David Lewis in the 132 lb weight class and Zach Schmuck in the 152lb class.

On Friday, Lewis was matched against Saginaw’s Michael Carsinelli. Lewis was able to control the bout with his jab and also throw quick combinations and get back out of punching range before Carsinelli could counter. Lewis went on to an easy 5-0 decision. Zach Schmuck was matched against the East’s champion, Antonio Negron. Schmuck was able to consistently beat Negron to the punch and also land his jab from the outside, despite not having the height or reach advantage. The victories secured both fighters a spot in Saturday’s State Championship bout.

David Lewis in semifinal bout. David Lewis won the 132-pound weight class in the state golden gloves championship.

David Lewis in semifinal bout.
David Lewis won the 132-pound weight class in the state golden gloves championship.

Both fighters would rematch boxers from their West Michigan Championship bouts. David Lewis boxed Holland’s Isaac Flores for the 132 lb state title and once again demonstrated his superior boxing ability in an easy 5-0 decision victory. “After our first fight, I found out he is an undefeated MMA fighter with a couple belts, but what people don’t know is boxing is way harder than MMA,” said Lewis.

Zach Schmuck would rematch Grand Rapids Rafael Ferreira in what would be a closely contested bout. Zach was able to land more combinations than he had in the first bout and also catch and slip many of Ferreira’s wide looping punches. But Ferreira won the bout by decision. “I was really surprised when they announced the decision,” said trainer Troy Rowland. “I thought it was close but I felt Zach did enough to get the win.”

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Boxer to make professional debut


Bowe Vincent

Bowe Vincent Jr., 23, of Cedar Springs, a professional mixed-martial arts cagefighter, will make his professional boxing debut at the Boxing in Holland event on Saturday, September 10, at the Holland Civic Center, in Holland, Michigan. He will be boxing in the welterweight division against Dan Crabtree, of Hilliard, Ohio.

Welterweight Johnny Garcia (8-0), of Holland, headlines Saturday’s card against Roberto Lopez (4-2-2), of Orlando, Florida.

How does Bowe think he’ll do? “Believe in yourself and you can do anything,” he said.

Bowe asks fans to come out and show their support! Doors open at 7 for the 8 p.m. event.  Tickets are $25 for general admission. VIP seats and tables are also available. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or by calling Turner promotions at 248-823-6502.

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Boxing club undefeated at tournament


Ricardo Rios

Boxers from the Sand Lake Boxing Club competed in Bath, Michigan last Saturday, February 19. Sand Lake went 3-0 in Saturday’s bouts.

Lorenzo Esquivel started the night out by outpointing Ohio’s Brandon Raccio in his boxing debut. In the 8th bout of the night, Nick Ruvalcaba won by 3rd round TKO against Ohio’s Alex Hernandez. Ricardo Rios, competing in his first bout at the 132lb weight class, won via 3rd TKO against Grand Rapids Kevin Cole.

“I feel really strong in this weight class,” said Rios.

The 2011 Golden Gloves Tournament will be held March 12 at the 44th street armory in Grand Rapids. Boxers of the Sand Lake Boxing Club have turned up the intensity of their workouts in preparation for this year’s tournament. This year’s team includes many Cedar Spring boxers. Ricardo Rios will represent Sand Lake in the 132lb open division. Rios is a two time state runner up in the 141lb division. Nate Macdonald, 2010’s 152lb sub-novice city champion, will compete in the 141 novice division. Other local boxers include Nate Phelps at 165lb, Kyle Dunmire at 152lb and Jeff Knapp at 178lb.

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