Wills Point Boxing’s Morgan Leidacher entered the ring and danced around, showcasing how to warm up in style.
The 70-pounder then pounded his way to victory.
On the opening night of the East Texas Golden Gloves tournament, Leidacher and other young fighters put their new talents on display — with hopes of one day becoming world champions. On Thursday, the stage belonged to 40 fighters representing gyms throughout the area at the Herrington Patriot Center.
All told, more than 20 fighters earned victories in the All-Comers, Novice and Open Divisions on the UT Tyler campus with two days remaining in the 73rd annual event. Berths in next month’s state tournament (Open Division, the highest level) will be on the line today and Saturday at the same location, but much of Thursday’s action belonged to inexperienced All-Comers.
Many having never stepped into the ring outside their respective gymnasiums, the All-Comers swung their way through three rounds in a similar fashion to fighters in the Rocky movies.
That could especially be said about Leidacher, who on the offensive throughout his match resembled a much younger and lighter Ivan Drago of Rocky IV — in the early rounds of the Russian’s showdown with Rocky Balboa, that is.
That said, Leidacher’s fellow 70-pound opponent, East Texas Boxing Club’s Javier Hernandez, never being the attacked throughout the fight stunned his aggressive and more seasoned (Leidacher has one year in boxing) opponent with uppercuts on at least two occasions.
Hernandez, who’s been boxing for only three months, was one of many fresh faces who put their fortitude on display in impressive fashion before a wowed and entertained audience.
The All-Comers winners also included East Texas BC’s Andrick DeLeon, Enrique Morales, Jesus Soria, Cason Shobert, Daniel Barrow and Gio Ceremeno; House of Champions’ Christian Terrazos, Mark Barrers and Albert Hajorda; Longview BC’s Carlos Soto; Troup BG’s Stephen Moore and Mason Munoz; Wills Point BC’s Cory Loicano;
In the Open Division, Troup Boxing Gym’s Jerrion Campbell and East Texas Boxing’s Jeremy Redick squared off in the 141-pound weight class — a victory by retirement for the skilled Campbell, who controlled the match from the opening bell.
In Novice action, the winners included House of Champions’ Curtis Hightower, D-Rocks’ Ruben DeLaTorre, Bravos’ Xavier Ward, Wills Point BC’s Dillion Burleson and Troup BG’s Jose Romero.
Notebook: According to event program, the “East Texas Golden Gloves Association is a non-profit corporation. The goals of this organization is to promote and build interest of amateur boxing. The East Texas Golden Gloves Association also promotes physical conditioning of the body, as well as the abilities of self-discipline, courage, and hard work.”
Tickets to the event can be purchased at the gate. Ringside seats will be $25 and general admission seats will be $10.
Gates will open at 6 p.m. and bouts will start at 7 p.m. each night.
73rd East Texas Golden Gloves
UT Tyler’s Herrington Patriot Center
Open — Jerrion Campbell, Troup, d. Jeremy Redick, East Texas (ret. , 141s);
Novice — Curtis Hightower, House of Champions, d. Michael Osorio, Scorpions (165s); Ruben DeLaTorre, D-Rocks, d. Rikie Bruno, Scorpions (DQ, 165s); Xavier Ward, Bravos, d. Joshua Crayton, Scorpions (178s); Dillion Burleson, Wills Point, d. Brant Moore, D-Rocks (178s); Jose Romero, Troup, d. Conner Jasperson, House of Champions (145s).
All-Comers — Andrick DeLeon, East Texas, d. Alex Hernandez, D-Rocks (80s); Morgan Leidacher, Wills Point, d. Javier Hernandez, East Texas (70s); Christian Terrazos, House of Champions, d. Diego Aguilar, House of Champions (60s); Albert Hajorda, House of Champions, d. Quincy Kincade, Troup (85s); Jesus Soria, East Texas, d. Luis Martinez, East Texas (119s); Mark Barrers, House of Champions, d. Hernan Solis, East Texas (145s); Gio Ceremeno, East Texas, d. Brayon Serrano, East Texas (145s); Carlos Soto, Longview, d. Roberto Cerda, East Texas (125s); Stephen Moore, Troup, d. Shane Striegel, Scorpions (RSC 1, 178s); Cory Loicano, Wills Point, d. Jeremy DeLeon, Troup (178s); Cason Shobert, East Texas, d. Roy Hoque, Longview (RSC 1, 154s); Mason Munoz, Troup, d. Tamontae Lewis, Bravos (RSC 2, 132s); Daniel Barrow, East Texas, d. Michael Serrano, East Texas (201+s); Enrique Morales, East Texas, d. Victor Segura, House of Champions (152).