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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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Boxers head to championship match

Ricardo Rios (right) at semi-finals.

Ricardo Rios (right) at semi-finals.

The Sand Lake Boxing Club competed in the 2013 West Michigan Golden Gloves semifinals last Friday, April 5. Sand Lake entered four boxers into this year’s tournament and all four were able to make the semifinals.

Jon Hawley started the night off for Sand Lake in a 235lb junior bout against Robert Curry III of Grand Rapids. Jon was able to win a split decision in what was a very close bout. On one occasion Hawley knocked his opponent’s mouthpiece out with a straight right hand.

“I feel great,” noted Hawley. “My opponent was pretty tough, and I can’t wait to get into the ring again.”

In the 132lb semifinal bout, David Lewis was able to hit Lansing’s Verome Edmonson with several hard right hands. The bout ended early, in the second round, when Lewis put a great combination together that forced Edmonson to quit. Lewis will be moving on to the West Michigan Championship bout against Holland’s Isaac Flores.

In the 152lb semifinal bout, Zach Schmuck was able to beat Grand Rapids Devon LeSure. Devon was coming into the bout after knocking his previous opponent out 30 seconds into the first round. Schmuck was able to negate his power and out box LeSure, while also hurting him with hard right hands on several occasions.

Cody Cross was scheduled to box in the 178lb semifinal bout but could not box due to a schedule conflict that had him in Virginia with his Davenport Lacrosse team.

In the final bout of the night, Ricardo Rios lost a decision to Grand Rapids Burim Beqiri. Rios got off to a slow start, which costed him. “I really didn’t get going until the 3rd round and by then it was too late,” he explained. This will be the first time in 4 years that Rios will miss the championship round.

David Lewis and Zach Schmuck will be boxing for the West Michigan Championship on April 19 in Grand Rapids. They also have qualified for the state tournament that will be held on April 26 and 27 in Grand Rapids.

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Sand Lake boxers undefeated

The Sand Lake Boxing Team traveled to Bay City and once again came away undefeated. Two boxers competed in the boxing show. David Lewis, 132lbs, made his boxing debut against Flint’s Jonathan Alben, from Joe Byrd’s Boxing Academy, and won a 3-0 decision. David was able to knock down his opponent twice—once in the first and again in the third round. David pressed the action for the entire fight and did a great job of counter punching his opponent. “I feel good and can’t wait to get back in the gym on Monday” said Lewis.

In the main event of the night, Ricardo Rios won a 2-1 decision over Nolan Linebaugh of Bay City. Ricardo was able to control the fight from the outside, and, in the 3rd round, had Nolan stunned, but ran out of time and the match went to the scorecards. “He is a really good fighter and I know I will see him in the golden gloves. This is a good warm up for the tournament,” said Rios.

Sand Lake police officer Steve Brandow also traveled to Bay City, but his bout was canceled due to an eye exam. Steve will get his chance this Saturday at the Pre Super Bowl fight night. Steve is one of four boxers scheduled to fight Saturday.

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Ray Winnie
Intandem Credit Union


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