Golden Gloves is on! 

click to enlarge Brandon Rolley, an unattached fighter, beat Cornelius Conway of Lafayette in a 3-2 decision. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Brandon Rolley, an unattached fighter, beat Cornelius Conway of Lafayette in a 3-2 decision.
  • Rebecca Townsend


Put up or shut up season started Thursday night at Tyndall Armory with the kick off of the 2014 Indiana Golden Gloves tournament.

The tourney stretches out over the next five Thursday nights - always starting at 7 p.m. and lasting until around 11 - building up to the championship on April 17.

More than 1,100 people attended the bouts on opening night - about 60 more than last year.

"I'm happy!" said 82-year-old George DeFabis, a member of the National Golden Gloves Hall of Fame, who serves as Indiana Golden Gloves Sponsorship Chair.

click to enlarge National Golden Gloves Hall of Famer George DeFabis, 82, still longs for the glory days of 1972 when fighters Marvin Johnson and Sammy Nesmith (together in the center of the back row) attracted crowds of more than 7,000 to the Indiana Convention Center. - COURTESY OF GEORGE DEFABIS
  • National Golden Gloves Hall of Famer George DeFabis, 82, still longs for the glory days of 1972 when fighters Marvin Johnson and Sammy Nesmith (together in the center of the back row) attracted crowds of more than 7,000 to the Indiana Convention Center.
  • Courtesy of George DeFabis


Local club Sparta earned four wins in five fights and Sarge Johnson fighters went 2-0.

click to enlarge The South Side's Top Level Team coached five fighters during Indiana Golden Gloves opening night — two will be advancing on to the next round. - COURTESY OF LIAN CEU
  • The South Side's Top Level Team coached five fighters during Indiana Golden Gloves opening night — two will be advancing on to the next round.
  • Courtesy of Lian Ceu


The season's inaugural match card included 19 matches. Here's a quick rundown on the results:

Senior class at 138 pounds: James Mathis of Indy's storied Sarge Johnson Club, beat Alexander Hernandez of Grant County in a 4-1 decision.

Senior class at 154 pounds: Rafael Licona, Lafayette, beat Chandler Barthlomew, Columbus PAL, 5-0.

JUNIOR OPEN

132#: Jose Flores, I.B.G. beat Vann Hnin, Top Level, 5-0.

132#: Joseph Arthur, Sparta Boxing, beat Alejandro R. Medina, Ced's Boxing, in round one.

132#: Michael Leimkuehler, Unattached, beat Andrew Kinney, Top Level, 5-0.

132#: Antonio Carrera, Rockem Sockem, beat Chad Cultice, Lafayette, 5-0.

152#: Jordan Webb, Ced's Boxing beat Deangelo Huggins, Lt. Thomas, in round 3.

152#: Willie Sanders, Sparta Boxing beat John Antonio, Purdue

152#: Carlon Moran, Top Level, beat Matthew Speedling, Lafayette.

152#: Brent Nelwan, Sarge Johnson, beat Chris Ortega, Unattached, 5-0.

178#: Larry Taylor, Muncie PAL, beat Prentice Gibson, Rockem Sockem, 5-0.

178#: Irving Rodriguez, Sparta Boxing walked over on Damian Reynolds, Rockem Sockem.

Jr. Open Heavyweight

Rudolpho Ramirez, Lafayette beat Artie Edmond, Rockem Sockem, 5-0.

Jeremy Blackard, I.B.G., beat Carlos Stowers, Badd Boyz, 4-1.

Brandon Rolley, Unattached beat Cornelius Conway, Lafayette, 3-2.

Joseph Ushi, Indy PAL, beat Colin Herschel, Sparta Boxing, 5-0.

Jr. Super Heavyweight

Chase Barnes, Muncie PAL, beat Damien Black, Top Level, 3-2.

Justin Todd, Sparta Boxing, beat Donsha Moore, Muncie PAL, 5-0.

Cameron Loepker, Top Level, beat Daniel Burton, Unattached, 3-2.

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