A large crowd, which included the Custos of St Andrew Donna Parchment-Brown, was on hand at the Stony Hill Primary and Junior School in Stony Hill last Saturday night to participate in Bruising Gym’s seventh anniversary boxing show.There were seven bouts featuring boxers from Bruising Gym going up against boxers from the St Thomas Boxing Club, Port Antonio gym, G. C. Foster Gym, and the Stanley Couch Gym. The exciting Bruising team, coached by Carl Grant, emerged victorious, 5-2.The standard of boxing was good, and the most exciting bout was the last one on the card, between light heavyweights Omar Campbell and Yovan Panton. Eighteen-year-old Campbell from Bruising gym is a promising young boxer who has represented Jamaica overseas as a youth boxer. He has now graduated to the Elite Open Class and showed on Saturday, in his win on points, that he is a boxer who deserves special attention.Satisfied crowdPanton definitely came to fight and challenged Campbell from the opening bell. He used his jab to good advantage and mixed this with hooks to the head and body. Campbell seemed surprised at his opponent’s early aggression, but fought back with a two-fisted attack that drew cheers from the crowd. There was non-stop action, and the crowd loved it.Another exciting bout was the all – Bruising Gym bantamweight contest, between Sanjay Williams and Dwayne Creary. It was action all the way, but the more accomplished and fitter Williams was always a step ahead of his opponent and drew loud cheers when he was declared the winner.In other bouts, Kirkpatrick Heron from Port Antonio defeated Cory Clarke from Bruising Gym, who retired in the third round; James Douglas from Bruising Gym defeated Joel Wedderburn on points; Ricardo Carter from G. C. Foster outpointed Bruising’s Kenry McDermott; Damion Fuller from Bruising outpointed Seantoine Johnson from St Thomas; and Michael Gardener from Bruising Gym won a unanimous decision over Akeem Sinclair of St Thomas.
The truck was sponsored by Tucker Tire in Covina. The team did the job instead of lifting weights before Tuesday’s practice. The Saints open their season Friday at home against South El Monte. South Hills quarterback Kevin Mort has a bruised knee but isn’t expected to miss any time. Mort left Saturday’s loss against Esperanza in the first half. He later returned to throw consecutive incompletions on South Hills’ final possession. The Huskies have a bye this week as a result of their Week 0 game. It seemingly couldn’t come at a better time for the senior signal-caller. South Hills returns to action against La Habra on September 16. Bonita hosted three other teams in a round-robin scrimmage last Friday night. Damien, West Covina and Ontario competed in addition to the Bearcats in front of a sizable audience. “Sometimes scrimmages degenerate and there’s some bad feelings,’ Bearcats coach Eric Podley said. “It’s just better this way. You get to see different teams and players and different looks.’ The teams had a set number of plays, which included special teams situations, against each other before moving on to the next opponent. The field was split in half with scrimmages going on simultaneously. “It was nice to have two highly ranked teams there like West Covina and Damien,’ Podley said. “Having them there brought good crowds and our hometown contingent wasn’t bad either.’ The mock games did nothing to clear up Bonita’s quarterback battle, though. Podley said his staff still can’t split signal-callers Curtis Gold and Jeff Chavez. He said they’ll split time in Friday’s home opener against Cypress. “Right now, there is no clear winner between them,’ Podley said. “Both guys did an excellent job in the scrimmage. Surveying all of our staff, there’s just no clear winner.’ Aram Tolegian can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2233, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Conquerors looked good, according to Gano, while scrimmaging last Friday against Upland. But Lompoc, with its Wing-T, poses a difficult assignment for a green Conquerors defense. “They run variations of the Wing-T and that always causes you problems,’ Gano said. “They have all their skill guys back, too. But (defensive coordinator) Lee Fair has put in good defenses before when we’ve seen the Wing-T. But we can only prepare them, we can’t play for them.’ Los Altos lost last year’s game against the Braves, 19-14. Having the travel roles reversed is something Gano feels will be an edge for his team. “It’s not a fun drive,’ he said. The San Dimas High football team stocked a semi-truck Tuesday headed to New Orleans with food and supplies for Hurricane Katrina victims. It was not a fun off-season for the Los Altos High School football team, but it was productive. The Conquerors lifted weights, conditioned and practiced with a vengeance fueled by the expectation of turning around last season’s sub- par performance. Los Altos’ first opportunity to show things will be better in 2005 comes on Friday when it hosts Lompoc. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. “We’re ready,’ Los Altos coach Greg Gano said. “Our kids have worked hard. We have a good group of kids. We’re not as talented as we’ve been in the past, but we’re more cohesive than we’ve been in a long time. Hopefully that will work for us. But only time will tell on that one.’