Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Four boxers from the Beltway region had brilliant performances as they captured the National Silver Gloves championships in Independence, MO, highlighted by Lorenzo Simpson’s sixth straight national title in his sixth weight class.
The Baltimore, MD, product captured the Boy’s Junior Open titles (14-15 ages) in the 157-165 pound division with a tough win over Alexsis Espino, who fights out of Las Vegas, NV.
The only other boxer to win six consecutive titles was Nico Hernandez.
With the win Simpson, tied hall of famer Oscar De La Hoya and Dominic Wade, who both won five national Silver Gloves titles, respectively.
Ragahleak Bartee won the Boy’s Intermediate Open (12-13 ages) in the 76-80 pound division, while Stacey Selby garnered his second straight title as he captured the 113-119 pound division in the same category.
Rounding out the weekend’s top performances was Jelani Hill, who defeated Ohio’s Demarko McKinstry to win the Boy’s Pee-Wee Open (8-9 ages) 86-90 pound division title.
The DMV (DC/Baltimore contingent) was part of Region 3 which has now won 14 national titles, while earning the region’s first team title in 20 years according to Boxing Along the Beltway.