Portland Boxing Club Sweeps Northern New England Golden Gloves
Somersworth, NH - January 26, 2019
Three Portland Boxing Club athletes competed in the Northern New England Golden Gloves Championships finals in Somersworth, NH.
In the semi-final round on Saturday, January 19, Portland Boxing Club’s Nathan Nappi, a novice class light welterweight (141 lbs) of Portland, won by RSC (technical knock-out) over Michael Navarro, of Kittery at 1:44 into the second round. Nappi advanced to the final round of the tournament, held on Saturday, January 26, to win a unanimous decision over Derek Carlberg, of Nottingham, NH.
Portland Boxing Club’s Mario Wilborn, a novice class heavyweight (201 lbs) of Portland, won his semi-final bout by RSC over Richard Covino, of Portsmouth, NH at 1:11 into the first round. In the final bout, Wilborn won by RSC over Tyler Tobin, of Deerfield, NH at 0:15 into the third round.
Portland Boxing Club's Chi Wong, an open class light welterweight (141 lbs) of Portland, advanced to the final round of the tournament by walk-over. In the finals, Wong won by decision over Mehmet Akif Gediksiz of Kittery, ME.
Also at this event, Portland Boxing Club head coach Bobby Russo was awarded the Open Class Coach of the Tournament, which was voted on by the tournament officials. With these Northern New England Golden Gloves Championships wins, Portland Boxing Club athletes have now earned 210 championship wins in the organization’s 27 years.
The winners of the Northern New England championships advance to the All-New England Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, MA. Portland Boxing Club athletes advancing by walk over are defending New England Golden Gloves novice class featherweight (125 lbs) champion Kate Zehr, of South Portland, defending New England Golden Gloves open class lightweight (132 lbs) New England champion Liz Leddy of Portland, open class featherweight (123 lbs) Danny Pang of Portland, and open class middleweight (165 lbs) Josniel Castro of Westbrook.
Novice class champions compete in the New England novice class Tournament of Champions semi-finals on Thursday, February 14 with the winners advancing to the finals on Thursday, February 21. Open class champions will compete in the New England open class Tournament of Champions semi-finals on Thursday, February 28 with the winners advancing to the finals on Thursday March 7. The open class New England champions will advance to the National Golden Gloves Championships in Chattanooga, TN in May.