USVI boxers in Atlanta
ATLANTA, Georgia -- Boxers from the USVI Boxing Federation attended the Paul Murphy Title Boxing Tournament, Southwest Championships in Georgia, from August 30-September 2, 2013. This tournament hosted over 500 boxers from across the United States.
Five boxers along with their coaches attended this tournament and displayed great talent and skills during this tournament.
The youngest and upcoming boxer, 12-year-old, Cuthbert Dabrio, made his official debut in Atlanta, boxing at 83 lbs. Cuthbert started his 1st round with an explosion of punches setting the pace for the rest of the match. In the end Cuthbert won the fight and was given the winning belt. His first time in the ring was on August 17, 2013, during an exhibition match against Puerto Rico.
Jose Peguero boxed twice at 152 lbs open class. On Saturday, he won his match against his opponent from Indiana and on Sunday he won his match against an opponent from Atlanta, Georgia. Peguero won his match by starting round one with punches to the body and throughout the match landing power punches, which slowed his opponent. This is Peguero’s third belt and he remains the reigning champion in his weight class.
Clayton Laurent, Jr. boxed in the 200 +, open class category against an opponent from Atlanta. Laurent stopped his opponent in the third round with a left hook to the body. This is Laurent’s third belt and he remains the reigning champion in his weight class.
Trai Mahoney boxed at 118 lbs as a novice against an opponent from Philadelphia. It was obvious to everyone in attendance that Mahoney won the bout by outpunching and landing more punches than his opponent; however, the judges did not see it that way. Even the referee thought Mahoney won because at the announcement of the winner he handed Mahoney the winning belt but soon after called him back in the ring and apologized then gave him the second place trophy.
Tiffany Reddick was unopposed during this tournament. Tournament officials said that, although Reddick only has seven bouts and is considered a novice, because of her international experience they thought she was too experienced for the other female novice boxers attending the tournament. Because of this she was unable to box.