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Army takes top honors at Armed Forces boxing championships

Army takes top honors at Armed Forces boxing championships

Source: Tanja Linton

The Marines took second, followed by the Air Force and Navy.

"This has been a very special year for me. This team has a special place in my heart because most of the boxers are inexperienced, " said Army head coach Basheer Abdullah. "Nationals will be a learning process for us and we'll be working on CISM," he added.

All four services had inexperienced teams and brought fresh faces to this year's Armed Forces Championships.

New Army boxer, John Franklin is the first Army National Guard member to earn at Armed Forces gold medal.

"This means a lot to me," said Franklin, who originally hails from Company B, 110th Engineers in Kansas City, Mo. "My unit believed in me to represent the Guard."

He now looks forward to making it in the top three at Nationals and earning a spot on the CISM team.

Another fresh face on the Army team, Spc. James Villa of Fort Lewis, Wash., could barely contain his excitement about winning. "Wow! I'm dumbfounded," Villa said. "My unit supported me throughout the trial camp," he said.

His next goal is making it into the Army's world-class athlete program.

Marine Corps Cpl. Eric Canales showed off what made him a 2004 CISM medalist and was one of two boxers to defeat his Army opponent. The other boxer to do so was Lance Cpl. Jackie Saye who stunned the crowd when he knocked down Pfc. Corey Stewart despite having received two standing eight-counts.

The Air Force didn't do as well as they would have liked, but Air Force head coach Edward Rivas is already looking forward to building on the experience.

"We have a small team, somewhat inexperienced. I'm very proud of all of them, said Rivas. "We'll be back next year."

The lone Navy boxer of the night, Petty Officer 2nd Class Deano Jenkins, was visibly upset when his attempt to make a mark for his service was stopped by Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Downs early in the second round.

Military boxers will now prepare to make their mark at the Nationals March 12-19 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The CISM World Military Boxing Championships will be held June 29 - July 5 in Pretoria, South Africa.

The results of the Armed Forces Boxing Championship:


114 lbs.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Natosha Eyer, Camp Lejeune, N.C., outpointed Air Force Senior Airman Celsa Reyes, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., 43-34.

119 lbs.

Army Sgt. Lavelle Viridiana, Fort Meyer, Va., stopped Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Laura Barrow, Marine Base 29 Palms, Calif., 1:13 in round three.

125 lbs.

Army Spc. Christina Boilard, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., outpointed Marine Corps Cpl. Abigail Chavez, 3rd Marine Division, Okinawa, Japan, 43-30.

138 lbs.

Army Staff Sgt. Lilia Maxilom, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., unopposed.

165 lbs.

Spc. Christina Brown, Fort Huachuca, Ariz., unopposed.


106 lbs.

Marine Corps Sgt. Roberto Castillo, Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., unopposed.

119 lbs.

Army Spc. John Franklin, Fort Carson, Colo., outpointed Marine Corps Sgt. Frankie, Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., 30-21.

125 lbs.

Air Force Senior Airman Carlos Casasola, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., unopposed.

132 lbs.

Army Spc. James Villa, Fort Lewis, Wash., outpointed Air Force Senior Airman Richard Mora, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., 59-48.

141 lbs.

Marine Corps Cpl. Eric Canales, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., stopped Army Spc. David Gallegos, 1:05 round three.

152 lbs.

Army 1st Lt. Boyd Melson, Fort Carson, Colo., outpointed Marine Corps Cpl. Evan Bakal, Camp Lejeune, N.C., 43-30.

165 lbs.

Army Spc. Quentin McCoy, Fort Carson, Colo., outpointed Marine Corps Cpl. Wilfrido Gonzalez, Camp Lejeune, N.C., 25-17.

178 lbs.

Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Downs, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, stopped Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Deano Jenkins, Fallon Naval Air Station, Nev., 0:46 in round two.

201 lbs.

Army Sgt. Joe Guzman, Fort Carson, Colo., stopped Marine Cpl. Lucas Hoague, Camp Lejeune, N.C., 0:51 in round three

201+ lbs.

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jackie Saye, Camp Lejeune, N.C., stopped Army Pfc. Corey Stewart, Fort Carson, Colo., 0:51 in round four.


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