Maryland DC Golden Gloves Championship
Rosecroft Raceway, Fort Washington...
On Saturday evening April 7th, the best up and coming fighters from Maryland, Delaware and Washington D.C. converged on the Rosecroft Raceway for the finals of the 2018 Washington DC Golden Gloves Championships. After five weeks of preliminary bouts, only the best of were left to face off for the title of Golden Gloves Champion. Although a large number of the boxing gyms entered are from Baltimore and D.C. , Salisbury was very well represented. Of the ten novice weight classes, one of the spots was filled by, 152 lb Main St. boxer Markeese Hines. Of the ten open class weight divisions, Thomas Mottinger at 200lbs and James McMurdo representing 200 plus were out of Main St. Gym.
Hines fought a very strategic bout utilizing a lot of the defensive movement he had been working on for the weeks leading up to the finals. “His movement was really slick and he looked in complete control, as he moved right or left at will. When he chose to close in for exchanges he did it clean and got out unscathed. We were pushing Markeese to increase the nuber of punches he was throwing, but it wasn’t enough to get the nod form the judges.” Said Coach Hal Chernoff. Hines was pleased with his silver medal performance against Quinton Stephen out of Headbanger’s Gym in D.C. Upon finishing his first Golden Glove Tournament, Hines will go right back to work in the gym and prepare to move up into the open class division, now that he has exceeded the novice class limit of ten sanctioned bouts.
Thomas Mottinger, Main Street’s heavyweight entered the ring with a bit of a mental edge. He had faced his opponent Shaka Williams two times previously and won both times, one being in Salisbury. Mottinger has been on a mission since the 2017 Golden Gloves where he dropped a very close decision in the Regional Golden Gloves. For him to avenge that loss he knew he had to win big in the D.C. finals. Mottinger’s punching powers had Williams moving around the ring for most of the three-three minute rounds, but Mottinger was able to cut him off at will and land solid punches, giving him the unanimous win. Mottinger will now move on to the Regional Golden Gloves where he will meet the best heavyweight from the North Carolina/Virginia Championships.
In the last bout of the evening, Prince St Elementary school teacher, James, “Matt” McMurdo or Mr. McMurdo as his students know him. Battled in a crowd-pleasing display of power and determination, but was unable to outpoint 6’6” Malik Titus fighting out of “Time To Grind Boxing” in Baltimore. The six time Golden Glove Champion drew on his experience to deal with the fierce punching power and unrelenting pressure McMurdo kept on Titus through the entire fight. “ Matt worked very hard for this fight and this was his first open class appearance in a tournament. He fought one of the best in his class and we knew Malik’s experience was going to be a factor, so we just tried to stick to our game plan and take him out of his rhythm as much as possible. Matt was successful at times but Malik’s experience let him make the right adjustments to get the win. Malik has a solid shot at winning it all at the national level.” Said Chernoff. “ We entered five fighters this year, and came away with two gold medals and three silver medals, that is something we are all very proud of. They represented Main St, and more importantly Salisbury in a big way.
Main St Boxers go for Gold
While Olympic athletes are going for gold medals in South Korea, boxer from all over the USA have started their hunt for gold in the National Golden Gloves Tournament.
Thirty Cities around the country have started their preliminary bouts at the local level with Washington D.C. being the hub for Maryland and Delaware. The tournament is being held at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington MD.
In the first week of elimination bouts, Main St Gym’s Markeese Hines won a solid victory over Brilyen Kelly of Langdon. Hines combined solid body shots with slick defense that eventually caused the referee to give Kelly a standing 8 count.
Also winning from the Eastern Shore was Jerry Shockley fighting out of Down Under Boxing who won on points over Daniel Holmes from Old School Boxing in DC.
The preliminary bouts will continue at Rosecroft on Feb 24th, March 3rd, March 10th,March 24th, with the State Championships on April 7th.
Besides Hines who fights in the 152lb novice division, five other Main St. Gym Boxers are entered in this, the most popular amateur boxing tournament in the world. In the Junior division is Erick Acosta fighting at 126 lbs. of Salisbury and Jordan Brown fighting at 132 lbs. of Delmar.
Three Main St boxers will compete in the Open Class Division, Cory Moore at 152 lbs., James McMurdo in the superheavyweight division (200lbs plus) and Thomas Mottinger in the heavyweight (200lb max)division. Both Mottinger and McMurdo have won regional championships in the novice division in the past years.
All boxers will vie for State and Regional Championships with only the open class boxers eligible to compete for a National title to be held this year at the Ralston Arena in Omaha Nebraska.
Established in 1993, Main Street Gym has served hundreds of kids and teens from across the Lower Shore. Our mission is:
To promote, develop and foster Amateur Boxing among underserved and at-risk youth on the Lower Easter Shore in a safe and encouraging environment, as a way to channel energy, develop confidence and respect, and teach that dreams can be within reach.
If you or your child would like to learn how to box and the values of hard work, responsibility and respect, we invite you to come visit us and see our program.
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Main St Gym is grateful to the Salisbury Rotary Club for the generous donation made from their “Three Point Initiative.” program.
As you can see, the Rotary Club and this program helped a number of non-profits in our community. Thank You Salisbury Rotary Club!
Congratulations to Jack Giordano, Athlete of the month, and one of the hardest working people I have ever seen come in the gym. Jack has a true love of the sport and is so respectful he has won all the coaches over.
Main St Gym took 15 members on a tour of Salisbury University. The kids had a great time and some that never considered secondary education are now talking about college. Next Main St Gym College tour will be at the US Navel Academy on Jan 12th.
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