Posted on 08 July 2011.
Ricardo Rios won the gold at Meijer State games.
The Meijer State Games of Michigan were held in Grand Rapids June 26 and 27, and two of our local athletes finished right up there with the best.
The best athletes came from all over Michigan to compete, and one of the sports that local athletes participated in was boxing. Cedar Springs’ Jeff Knapp and Ricardo Rios both boxed in the gold medal bouts for their respective weight class. Jeff lost a close decision in his bout against Nefty Chico of Holland’s Venture Boxing Club. Rios, however, was able to win the gold medal in his bout against Grand Rapid’s Burim Beqiri.
“I fought a smart fight,” said Rios. “I stayed in the middle of the ring and boxed him. I didn’t let him get me into a slugfest. I just controlled him in the middle of the ring.”
The Sand Lake Boxing Club will be holding a Boxing Exhibition Saturday July 9 at 5:00 p.m. Boxers from Grand Rapids, Holland and Mt. Pleasant will be putting their talents on display against the boxers of Sand Lake. Tickets will be $6. Proceeds from this event will be going toward the purchase of new uniforms for the Sand Lake Boxing team.
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Posted on 14 April 2011.
Jeff Knapp with his trophies
A Cedar Springs teen who has been boxing less than a year walked away with two Golden Gloves championships in the last month.
Jeff Knapp, 16, the son of Jeff and Catherine Knapp of Spencer Township, caught the boxing bug after one of his buddies was boxing with Golden Gloves last season. “We boxed in the basement some, and I wanted to continue to do it,” he said.
So he started training out of the Sand Lake boxing gym with a team of about 10 boxers, three times a week, sometimes more.
The West Michigan 2011 Golden Glove City Finals were held Saturday March 26, at the 44th street Armory in Grand Rapids. Sand Lake entered four boxers with only one walking away with the championship. Knapp, a Cedar Springs junior, won the 201lb sub-novice title by defeating teammate Tyler Kroes by 3rd round RSC. “I was really relaxed before the fight because Tyler and I spar and train together so I knew what to expect, but I also knew it would be a tough fight,” he said.
Other boxers who had championship bouts that day were Ricardo Rios 141lb open and Chad Bouwens 132lb novice. Rios lost a 4-1 decision to five-time Golden Glove champ Javon Barnes of Muskegon. The experience of the 28-year-old Barnes proved to be too much for Rios to contend with. Rios was awarded the Nick Spruit award, which is given to the boxer who best exemplifies the spirit of the Golden Gloves. Chad Bouwens was stopped in the third round of his bout with Defrim Beqiri of MGGA by RSC. Nate MacDonald and Zack Cross were both scheduled to box for Championships but suffered injuries in training.
The Golden Gloves state finals were then held Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at the 44th Street Armory. Rios and Bouwens both qualified for the State Tournament, and Knapp came along to watch. But he once again got to box when two boxers failed to show at weigh-ins, and he ended up winning the 201lb state championship over Pete Felver, of Lansing. “It’s really hard to believe, I planned on coming to watch but I knew there was a possibility I could fight,” said Knapp after the event. “I went from winning the city to winning the state title. I was really excited about it.” His record now stands at 2-0.
Rios suffered an injury during the week leading up to the tournament and could not compete. Bouwens lost by decision to Mazon Salzer of Pontiac in his semifinal bout.
Knapp said that for now he would keep on training until one of his trainers says he can fight in another event. And he’s grateful for the help and guidance he’s been given. “I’d like to thank my trainers, Jose Rios, Troy Rowland, and Steve, and everyone else that has supported me,” he said.
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Posted on 24 March 2011.
Sand Lake boxing club has had a great start to the 2011 Golden Glove Tournament. Sand Lake entered 7 boxers in this year’s tournament and of those seven, six have advanced to the championship bracket this Saturday at the 44th street Armory in Grand Rapids.
Kyle Dunmire lost a close decision to Benton Harbor’s Jeffrey Carter on Saturday March 12. Dunmire had Carter in trouble in the second round and forced a standing eight count but could not put him away and lost a 3-2 decision.
Rockford’s Zack Cross won his 165lb fight March 12 and will advance to the championship. Chad Bowens won his 132 lb fight with a first round stoppage of MGGA’s Joshua Potyraj and will also advance to the championship. Tyler Koesh and Cedar Springs’ Jeff Knapp will have to box each other in the 201lb sub-novice championship bout. Nate MacDonald was scheduled to box Friday March 18, but won by walk-over when his opponent could not compete due to a shoulder injury he suffered in the previous round. Nate will fight for the 141lb novice West Michigan Championship on Saturday.
Ricardo Rios of Cedar Springs won by decision over Burim Bequiri on Friday the 18th and will advance to the West Michigan 141 open championship. Zack Cross, Nate Macdonald, Chad Bowens and Ricardo Rios have also have qualified for the State Championships, which will be contested April 8th and 9th at the 44th street Armory in Grand Rapids.
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