Bridgeport, CT flyweight Jean Pineiro (blue) captured the Novice Division title
(picture courtesy of Edward Boches / Boches Photography)
LOWELL, Mass. (February 16, 2018) – Fourteen novice division champions were crowned at last night’s championship finals of the New England Tournament of Champions, part of the 72nd annual New England Golden Gloves Championships, last night at historic Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
Western New England captured top honors in team standings with eight individual winners, followed by Central New England (5), Northern New England (1) and Southern New England (0).
East Walpole bantamweight Noelle Boran was named Most Outstanding Boxer.
The action shifts next week, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, respectively, to the semifinals and finals of the New England Tournament of Champions at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. See the complete 2018 schedule of events below as well as last night’s complete results.
“It was very difficult to select the Most Outstanding Boxer because there were five who could have won,” N. E. Executive Director Bobby Russo said. Noelle won but Nelson Perez, Shane Jordan, Kate Zahr and Jessie Batanda were all in the running. We had some great bouts and surprisingly good talent for the novice division.
“I’m really looking forward to next week’s All-New England open division semifinals and championship finals. People should buy tickets in advance, so they don’t get caught in long lines and miss some early bouts. We’re expecting large crowds both night.”
Tickets start at $18.00, only $7.00 for students (ID required) and are available to purchase by calling the Lowell Memorial Auditorium box office at 1.866.722.8881
or ordering online at www.lowellauditorium.com
. Buy tickets early to avoid long lines the night of the show..
Proceeds from the Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship go towards sending the New England Golden Gloves champions to the National Golden Gloves Championship (starting May 14, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska), in addition to supporting local athletes and area gyms, the Boys & Girls Club, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, cancer funds, scholarships and many other great charitable causes.
NEW ENGLAND TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
NOVICE DIVISION CHAMPIONSHIPS
FEMALE LIGHT FLYWEIGHTS (106 lbs.)
Meiya Berkey, Dedham, MA / WNE
Haley Meara, Malden MA / CNR
FLYWEIGHTS (114 lbs.)
Jean Pineiro, Bridgeport, CT / WNE
Orlando Velasquez, Johnston, RI/ SNE
FEMALE BANTAMWEIGHTS (119 lbs.)
Noelle Boran, East Walpole, MA / CNE
Sarah Pucci, North Haven, CT / WNE
FEMALE FEATHERWEIGHTS (125 lbs.)
Kate Zahr, South Portland, ME / NNE
Catie Ramsey, Stamford, CT / WNE
LIGHTWEIGHTS (132 lbs.)
Shane Jordan, Brockton, MA / CNE
Luis Lopez-Vega, Springfield, MA / WNE
FEMALE LIGHTWEIGHTS (132 lbs.)
Jacqueline Boyle, Stamford, CT / WNE
Ivanis Morales, New Bedford, MA / SNE
FEMALE JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS (141 lbs.)
Leah Biron, Vernon, CT / WNE
Stephanie Kahn, Brighton, MA / CNE
JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHTS (141 lbs.)
Nelson Perez, Marlboro, MA / CNE
Juston Kristie, Milford, CT / WNE
WELTERWEIGHTS (152 LBS.)
Marc Soils, Westbrook, CT / WNE
Alexander Lynch, Quincy, MA / Grealish Boxing Club
MIDDLEWEIGHTS (165 lbs.)
Makenson Barjon, Bridgeport, CT / WNE
Cody Zombeck, Rochester, NH / NNE
LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS (178 lbs.)
Jesse Batanda, Nashua, NH / CNE
Dimani Williams, Bloomfield, CT / WNE
FEMALE HEAVYWEIGHTS (`178+ lbs.)
Lauren Migliacci, Brighton, MA / CNE
Ruth Paul, Springfield, MA /. WNE
HEAVYWEIGHTS (2-1 lbs.)
Richard Brito, Naugatuck, CT / WNE
Andrew Perez, Methuen, MA / CNE
SUPER HEAVYWEIGHTS – (201+ lbs.)
Yuri Panferov,. New Haven, CT / WNE
Jean Fleuirassaint, Mattapan, MA / CNE
WNE – Western New England: 8
CNE – Central New England: 5
NNE – Northern New England: 1
SNE – Southern New England: 0
72nd annual Lowell Sun Charities Golden Gloves Championship Schedule
(Lowell Memorial Auditorium – 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. first bout)
New England Tournament of Champions
Open Class Semifinals – Wednesday, Feb. 21
Open Class Championship Finals – Thursday, Feb. 22
New England Golden Gloves Executive Director: Bobby Russo
Director of Contestants: Art Ramalho
Chief of Officials: Laurie Purcell
Ring Announcer: John Vena
ABOUT LOWELL SUN CHARITIES: Established in 1947, Lowell Sun Charities is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich the quality of life for children, families, and the community, offering programs that promote respect and dignity. Rooted in a tradition of care and compassion, Lowell Sun Charities was originally founded to respond to the ever-increasing challenges of the community. 2018 marks the 72nd year the Golden Gloves have been held in the great city of Lowell, Massachusetts.
Lowell Sun Charities is a community program that not only makes champions in the ring but also makes champions in life. Every year these young athletes devote themselves to a sport which teaches discipline, respect, and clean lifestyle for a chance to win a prestigious Golden Gloves Championship.