THE POST-SIGNAL / Chris Quebedeaux
Joe Lewis Jr. of Crowley Boxing Club shows perfect form as he throws a jab at Makilyn Trice of Gloves Not Guns Boxing Club out of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Lewis trounced Trice and won the match by unanimous decision.
Crowley boxers win 5 of 7 at inaugural Rice City Invitational
The International Rice Festival Building saw a packed house Saturday as the Crowley Boxing Club hosted its Inaugural Rice City Invitational Amateur Boxing Show.
The event featured 35 bouts that included boxers from throughout the state of Louisiana, as well as Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.
Seven members of the Crowley Boxing Club were matched, and the club went 5-2, taking home the Team Trophy for winning the most fights.
In CBC’s first match of the afternoon, Shawn Sibley took on Cedric Penson of Greenville, Mississippi. Fighting at 165 lbs., the two 19-year-old Elite fighters battled it out in a tough exchange. Despite his efforts, Sibley saw the match go to his opponent in a split decision.
CBC’s Joe Lewis Jr. handily won his bout against Makilyn Trice of Gloves Not Guns Boxing Club in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, by unanimous decision. Lewis was fighting at 70 lbs. in the Pee Wee division.
In the 23rd bout of the afternoon, Angelus Savoy of CBC took on Quandarius Blackwell of Leesville. Despite a well-fought match, Savoy, an Elite boxer fighting at 150 lbs., saw his opponent take the win in a split decision.
CBC made a comeback in the 26th match of the afternoon when LaQualin Scott entered the ring against Lee Ventress of Gloves not Guns. Scott, a National Junior Olympic bronze medal winner who is currently ranked fifth in the nation in his age and weight bracket, out-boxed his taller opponent to take the win in a unanimous decision. Scott was boxing at 114 lbs. in the Intermediate Division.
The next bout featured CBC’s Brylan Ardoin matched against Shreveport Boxing Club’s Jamarcus Griffin. The two 17-year-old Youth division boxers, weighing in at 141 lbs., fought a tough three rounds, with Ardoin beating Griffin in a split decision.
In the 33rd match, Devon Ceasar of CBC took on Eduardo Lagos of Kenner Boxing Club. It was a good fight between the two Intermediate division 110-lb. boxers, both of whom competed in the National Junior Olympics this year. Ceasar took the win for CBC in a split decision.
In the 35th and final bout of the afternoon, LaQwan Scott of CBC, fighting in the Junior division at 165 lbs., stepped into the ring opposite Kenner Boxing Club’s Vincent Glover. Despite having been on a hiatus from the sport, Scott outboxed Glover for the win by unanimous decision.
CBC is coached by Arthur Scott and Saja Hoffpauir.
The next competition for the club will be Saturday, Aug. 24, when they travel to Carencro for the Fifth Annual John Stutes Memorial Boxing Show hosted by Backstreet Boxing Club.