RED BANK BOXER RANKED 4th IN NATION

PhotoGrid_1420860673732Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Saleem Kelly of Red Bank recently returned from Nevada, where the competed in the 2015 USA Boxing Junior Open and Youth National Championships in Reno. The Red Bank Regional High School Junior finished third in the tournament, and is currently ranked number four in the nation for his age and weight category.

He qualified for the nationals after winning the New Jersey state title with a perfect record, winning both the New Jersey Golden Gloves and Diamond Gloves for his weight category. He went to the nationals with a perfect state record; his current lifetime fight record now stands at 15 – 1, his only loss being his semifinalist finish in the national tournament.

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MIDDLETOWN: SATURDAY NIGHT WITH PUNCH

Fighters squared off at CBA last Saturday. This weekend, the survivors advance to the next round at the Police Athletic League facility in Middletown. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Two fighters, one not yet old enough to drink, dance around the center canvas of an elevated ring, gymnasium lights shining down on them as they trade uppercuts and jabs, each desperate to avoid elimination as a boisterous crowd eggs them on.

Welcome to the world of the Golden Gloves, an old-school, 85-year-old amateur boxing tournament that provided a springboard to such notable pugilists as Mike Tyson, Joe Lewis, Evander Holyfield, and a certain young fighter named Cassius Clay.

After a stop at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft last weekend, the annual New Jersey Golden Gloves tourney continues at the Middletown Township Police Athletic League facility Saturday night.

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