LOWELL, Mass. (January 29, 2017) – The red-hot action continued in last night’s quarterfinals round of the 71st annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship of the Central New England (Greater Lowell) division as men’s and women’s open and novice matches were held in front of another great and exceedingly loud crowd at historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
Judges were very busy as all 10 exciting bouts, including a Junior Olympic match and two non-tournament bouts, went the complete distance. Individual standouts included a pair of open division boxers, welterweight Michael Fontanez, of Nashua (N.H.), and Methuen (MA) middleweight Yarmarco Guzman. A representative of Nashua, PAL, Fontanez is a slick, hard hitting southpaw who shutout, 5-0, a very tough Kenny Larson, of Salem (MA). Guzman, boxing out of Canal Street Gym, looked like a veteran boxer on his way to a 5-0 shutout win over Lowell’s Julien Baptiste.
The open and novice semifinals will be held next Thursday night (Feb. 2) at Lowell Memorial Auditorium with men’s and women’s matches. See the remaining 2017 schedule of events below as well as last night’s complete results.
Tickets are reasonably priced at $70.00 season ticket in the balcony. To purchase call the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office at 1.866.722.8881 or order online at www.LowellMemorialAuditorium.com. Individual event tickets are also available to purchase, starting at $13.00, only $7.00 for students.
Proceeds from the Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship go towards sending the New England Golden Gloves champions to the National Golden Gloves Championship (2017 in Lafayette, Louisiana), in addition to supporting local athletes and area gyms, the Boys & Girls Club, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, cancer funds, scholarships and many other great charitable causes.
(winners listed first)
WELTERWEIGHTS (152 lbs.)
Michael Fontanez (Nashua, NH / Nashua PAL)
Kenny Larson (Salem, MA / Somerville Boxing)
MIDDLEWEIGHTS (165 lbs.)
Yarmarco Guzman (Methuen, MA / Canal Street Gym)
Julien Baptiste (Lowell, MA / Lowell West End)
FEMALE BANTAMWEIGHTS (119 lbs.)
Karen Dahl (Allston, MA / Boston Boxing)
Melissa Giroux (Lowell, MA / Lowell West End)
FEMALE LIGHTWEIGHTS (132 lbs.)
Jessica Lampron (Dorchester, MA / Boston Boxing)
Jennifer Almeida (Wilmington, MA / McNally Boxing)
LIGHT WELTERWEIGHTS (141 lbs.)
Anthony Cefalo (South Boston, MA / Peter Welch’s Boxing)
Robert Tomczyk (Sterling, MA / Paladin Martial Arts)
FEMALE LIGHT WELTERWEIGHTS (141 lbs.)
Katie Colton (Arlington, MA / Boston Boxing)
Lori Perella (Middleton, MA / The Way)
LIGHT MIDDLEWEIGHT (152 lbs.)*
Josh Ranieri (Haverhill, MA / Haverhill Downtown Boxing)
Keith Rubera (Medford, MA / Somerville Boxing)
MIDDLEWEIGHTS (165 lbs.)*
Furcy Ferreras (Peabody, MA / Private Jewels)
Victor Diaz (Dorchester, MA / Peter Welch’s)
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (178 lbs.)
Andrew Perez (Methuen, MA / Lawtown Boxing)
Derek LeMay (Lowell, MA / Fist Fitness)
Angel Cruz (Indian Orchard / Old School Boxing)
Andrew Paltinavich (Haverhill, MA / Haverhill Downtown Boxing)
(*denotes non-tournament match)
71st annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship Schedule
(Lowell Memorial Auditorium – 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. first bout)
Central New England (Greater Lowell)
Open & Novice Class Semifinals, C.N.E. – Thursday, Feb. 2
Open & Novice Class Championship Finals – Thursday, Feb. 9
New England Tournament of Champions
Novice Class Semifinals – Thursday, Feb. 16
Novice Class Championship Finals – Thursday, Feb. 23
Open Class Semifinals – Wednesday, Mar. 1
Open Class Championship Finals – Thursday, Mar. 2
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