July 30, 1999


Olympic Hopefuls Showcase Skills at Boxing Tourney!

The United States Institute of Amateur Athletics (USIAA) is hosting the Boxers For Christ Summer Boxing Classic featuring top rated amateur boxers and Olympic hopefuls from the state of Arizona, the All Army Boxing Team, All Marine Team and from the Boxers For Christ National Team which includes several Olympic Hopefuls from Southern California.



Sergio Espinoza, rate #4 in the nation.

The USIAA hosted the Boxers For Christ Championship July 3, 4, 5, 1999 and secured 12 athletes on the Boxers For Christ National Team these individuals are: Sergio Espinoza from the USIAA. San Diego, rated #4 in the Nation at 112 lbs., Daniel Escobedo representing the House of Pain in Denver CO. At 119 lbs., David Rodela representing Oxnard PAL., Edgar Sandoval representing Gutierrez Gym in Chula Vista at 125 lbs., Ernest Johnson from San Diego at 139 lbs., Sammie Brito from Santa Fe Springs at 147 lbs., James Parison from Gutierrez - Chula Vista at 156 lbs., Vincent Parra representing Mine Boxing Club in Spring Valley at 165 lbs., Daniel Edourads representing USIAA - San Diego at 178 lbs., Emmanuel Laurent representing USIAA - San Diego at 201, and Vernon Rose Representing USIAA Dream Team - San Diego at 201+.

The Boxers For Christ first dual competition was against the Arizona State Champions featuring: Mario Ramos 1998 National Junior Olympic Champion, Arizona State Golden Glove and USA Boxing Champion at 139 lbs., along with Pete Gilmore All Nations American Indian National Champion at 156 lbs.

The Arizona State Champions got off to a quick lead by defeating the Boxers For Christ Champions Ray Martinez of Arizona proved to be too strong for the slick Edgar Sandoval in the 132 lbs. category. Mario Ramos dealt Ernest Johnson a rare loss in a very close contest in the 139 lbs., category. The Boxers For Christ Team came back with two victories of their own when James Parison defeated Pete Gilmore of Arizona with quick hands and sharp combinations in the 156 lbs., boxing event. Vince Parra wore down Francisco Vasquez from Arizona with a strong inside attack that featured punishing blows to the body and head of Vasquez. However Arizona won the dual competition in the last bout of the evening that Featured Vernon Rose former All Navy Champions against George Garcia of Arizona. The shorter Garcia kept the pressure on the taller and seemingly faster Rose and by the third round had Rose tired, and gave the team championship to Arizona.

In earlier preliminary bouts Sergio Espinoza put on a dazzling display of boxing as he defeated a game and tough David Rodela from Oxnard PAL. Both Espinoza and David are members of the Boxers For Christ National Team and will be featured against the All Army and All Marine Boxing Teams. Shawn Johnston came back from an earlier defeat at the Boxers For Christ Championship to redeem himself against Daniel Edourads in the 178 lbs., category.

The Boxers For Christ National Team shall host the All Army Boxing Team August 14, 1999 and the All Marine Boxing Team August 28, 1999. Both competitions will be held at South Bay Community Church located at 2400 Euclid Ave., National City CA at 6:30 pm. For more information call (619) 282-6061.

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