Your Federal Quarterly Tax Payments are due April 15th Get Help Now >>

MICHIGAN GOLDEN GLOVES ASSOCIATION_ INC by accinent

VIEWS: 14 PAGES: 4

									                    MICHIGAN GOLDEN GLOVES
                       ASSOCIATION, INC.
        2447 GLENVALLEY N.W., GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN 49544
                    (616) 784-0862 Phone (616) 784-8002 Fax
              Visit our website: www.michigangoldenglovesboxing.com
      ________________________________________________________________________

                   Michigan’s 2009 National Golden Gloves Team
                          For immediate release Monday, April 27, 2009

The Michigan Golden Gloves Team headed to the 2009 National Golden Gloves Tournament of
Champions in Salt Lake City, Utah from May 4-9, 2009 is a very good team that could produce
several national champions. The Michigan team is looking to break the franchise’s record and win at
least three national titles. Twice the Michigan Golden Gloves has produced two national champions
in the same year. The 2009 team is not as young as last year’s team with just four teenagers on the
team and that maturity along with the boxers’ experience should have the Michigan team battling for
the team championship. The tournament features the best boxers in the United States representing 30
different Golden Gloves franchises from across the entire United States.

The Michigan team that will be heading to the National Golden Gloves in Salt Lake City, Utah is
finishing its last week of preparations. The boxers are all training hard hoping to bring home some
belts. The boxers going are as follows:
                 112: Tyler James
                 119: Ernie Garza
                 125: Ryan Schmidt
                 132: Raeese Aleem
                 141: Johnny Garcia
                 152: Jose Bernal
                 165: Brandon Larvadain
                 178: Vernon Washington
                 201: Jordan Shimmell
                 201+: Kyle McNutt

This year’s Michigan Golden Gloves team is experienced with 3 guys representing the Michigan
franchise for the 4th time, 5 guys representing the franchise for the 2nd time and only two guys
representing the franchise for the 1st time. The team has a defending National Golden Gloves
Champ, two former National Golden Gloves finalists, and numerous National Golden Gloves
quarter-finalists. Please see the attached bios of the boxers for more information.

For additional information on the 2009 Michigan Golden Gloves National Team, please contact
Dennis Shimmell at (616)560-8622.

About West Michigan Sports Commission
The West Michigan Sports Commission works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth
and amateur sporting events to make a positive impact on the economy and quality of life in the
region.

                                               ###
                   Host of the 2008 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions
                                   A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
                            “Building Character in Youth to Go the Distance”
     Bios for Michigan’s 2009 National Golden Gloves Team

112 – Tyler James, 18, of the Martin Luther King (MLK) Boxing Club has significant
experience at the junior level and he won state Junior Olympic championships. Tyler is
very strong and athletic with quick hands and feet. His father was a professional boxer
and talented martial artist. Tyler was also an accomplished high school wrestler and he
will utilize all of these talents to attempt to win a national title as one of the youngest
members of the Michigan Golden Gloves team. This is the second year in a row that
Tyler James will represent the Michigan Golden Gloves at 112 pounds. Tyler is hoping
to improve upon last year’s quarterfinal finish.

119 – Ernesto “Ernie” Garza III, 20, of the Saginaw Boxing Club is one of the most
experienced boxers on the Michigan Golden Gloves team. Even though he is only 20,
Ernie has over 90 bouts of experience. As a junior boxer, Ernie won several national
tournaments. Ernie was also a wrestler in high school and won a State High School
Wrestling Championship. Ernie is going to the nationals for the 4th year in a row, this
time as a defending champion. Ernie recently competed for Team USA against Ireland
and believes that experience will help him win his second straight National Golden
Gloves belt. Ernie is looking to add a second National Golden Gloves title to his
impressive boxing resume.

125 – Grand Rapids’ Ryan Schmidt, 24, who boxes out of the MLK Boxing Club is
representing the Michigan Golden Gloves franchise for the 4th time in the last 8 years.
Ryan has been boxing for more than a decade and has over 70 bouts of experience. Ryan
won numerous titles as a junior boxer and has competed in many national tournaments
over the years. Ryan was a member of the United States Olympic Education Center’s
boxing team at Northern Michigan University for several years so this will be Ryan’s first
time representing the Michigan Golden Gloves since 2005. Ryan is hoping to improve
upon his 2002 runner-up finish at the National Golden Gloves.

132 – Ravenna’s Raeese Aleem, 18, boxes for the Muskegon Boxing Club. Raeese will
be making his second appearance at the nationals after making it to the quarterfinals in
2007. Raeese, a former running back on his high school’s football team has always been
very quick, strong and athletic. In high school, Raeese was one of the strongest guys on
his football team and was able to lift more weight than many guys who outweighed him
by over 100 pounds. Since 2007, Raeese has become even stronger and a much better
boxer and is looking to make a name for himself at this year’s National Golden Gloves
tournament.

141 – Juan “Johnny” Garcia, 27, of Holland boxes for the Muskegon Boxing Club.
Johnny boxed for many years as a junior boxer before leaving the sport for a number of
years. Three years ago, Johnny resumed his amateur boxing career and has been very
successful ever since. Johnny has won 90% of his bouts since returning to boxing, which



                                                                                  Page 1 of 3
      Bios for Michigan’s 2009 National Golden Gloves Team

includes competition against many other State champions. Johnny is the elder statesman
of this year’s team and looks to take a leadership role. Johnny is a family man with 3
young children including an infant son, Jordan Johnny, born this winter. Johnny has the
work ethic, maturity and fortitude necessary to perform well at the National Golden
Gloves tournament and he looks to improve upon his quarterfinal finish last year when
the National Golden Gloves was in Grand Rapids.

152 – Jose Bernal, 17, of the Saginaw Boxing Club is the youngest member of the
National team, yet he is one of the more experienced boxers on the team. Jose had a lot
of experience in the junior ranks while competing in numerous national tournaments.
Jose returns to the National Golden Gloves for the second straight year and seeks to
improve upon his quarterfinal finish last year. Jose is very strong and a big puncher who
has knocked out many opponents and is looking to use his strength and power to capture
the national title this year.

165 – Brandon Larvadain, 24, of Lansing’s Crown Boxing Club is making his first
appearance at the National Golden Gloves. However, Brandon gained lots of experience
over the last year by being the runner-up at the Ohio State Fair National Invitational
Tournament and winning both the North Tri-State Boxing Invitational Championship and
the 2008 Ringside World Amateur Boxing Championship. Brandon has been willing to
take on all comers over the last two years and has defeated boxers with much more
experience. Brandon is hoping the experience of winning those two belts in the summer
of 2008 will allow him to win his third championship belt in less than a year.

178 – Vernon Washington, 26, of Saginaw is also a first timer at the National Golden
Gloves, but Vernon too has lots of experience. Vernon has been boxing for many years
and has taken on many of the other top boxers in the state. Vernon was the state runner-
up last year, but this year he defeated the 2006 state champion in the finals to win his first
Michigan Golden Gloves state title. Vernon is one of the older boxers on the National
Team and his maturity will help him compete for a National Golden Gloves
Championship.

201 – Jordan Shimmell, 20, of Hudsonville represents the Michigan Golden Gloves
Association (MGGA) Boxing Club in Grand Rapids and is going to the National Golden
Gloves for the 4th straight year. Jordan believes that this will be his year to bring home
the National Golden Gloves belt. Jordan has nearly 90 bouts of experience and has been
boxing for 12 years. Jordan won numerous National titles as a junior boxer including the
prestigious National Junior Olympic Championships in 2005. Jordan is the only boxer
from Grand Rapids to win the National Junior Olympic Championship. Jordan was the
National Golden Gloves Runner-up in his first National Golden Gloves tournament,
losing a 3-2 split decision in the finals to the defending heavyweight champion. Jordan is



                                                                                     Page 2 of 3
     Bios for Michigan’s 2009 National Golden Gloves Team

the only Heavyweight in the history of the Michigan Golden Gloves franchise to win 4
Michigan Golden Gloves state titles. In 2007, Jordan won the Midwestern Boxing Trials,
an Olympic Trials qualifying tournament. He also won the 2007 World Golden Gloves
Championship. Jordan lost a 3-2 split decision in the semi-finals last year to Craig Lewis
who won the tournament. Jordan has been training very hard for this year’s National
Golden Gloves tournament and has been sparring with another National Team member,
Kyle McNutt (201-Plus).

201+ – Kyle McNutt, 19, of Battle Creek’s Rosario’s Boxing Club has worked very hard
over the last 3 years since he first entered the open-class. He has sparred often with
Michigan Golden Gloves’ heavyweight Champ Jordan Shimmell in an effort to improve
and that is exactly what he has done. In 2007, Kyle lost in the Michigan Golden Gloves
State semi-finals, but in 2008, he won the Michigan Golden Gloves State Championship
in impressive fashion at 178 pounds. Since last year’s tournament, Kyle has made the
move up two weight classes to super-heavyweight and has done very well. He defeated
Ryan O’Neal, the 2008 Michigan super-heavyweight Champ and the 2008 National
Golden Gloves semi-finalist in the West Michigan Golden Gloves tournament. Kyle’s
father, K.P. Porter, was also a Michigan Golden Gloves State Champion and boxed
professionally for many years including a win over former World Heavyweight
Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Leon Spinks. K.P. is a Grand Rapids resident so
Kyle has that Grand Rapids connection along with often training at the MGGA Boxing
Club. Kyle is returning to the National Golden Gloves after a disappointing preliminary
round loss last year in Grand Rapids. Kyle is determined to have that experience and
unpleasant memory replaced with a title belt this year. The knowledge that his father was
able to defeat Leon Spinks along with his own personal drive to succeed and strong work
ethic has Kyle on track for success.

About West Michigan Sports Commission

The West Michigan Sports Commission works to identify, secure and host a diverse level
of youth and amateur sporting events to make a positive impact on the economy and
quality of life in the region.

                                           ###




                                                                                 Page 3 of 3

								
To top