Team Virginia Traveled down to Wilmington, NC for the 2012 East Central Regional Silver Gloves Championships, placing Third for the team trophy, with six of Virginia's JO boxers advancing to the 2012 Silver Gloves Nationals, team members: Khalil Olverson (757 Boxing), Keon Davis, Keyshawn Davis, Nick Sullivan (Team Norfolk), Kavon Robertson (Staunton Boxing), and Troy Isley (Alexandria Boxing).
EPIC MMA held its second show this past weekend in Virginia, which was highlighted by a one-night, four-man amateur 135-pound title tournament. The tournament brought together four of the area’s most experienced bantamweights in Reggie Barnett Jr, Drew Pollard, Travis Little, and Wesley Dunlap. Reggie Barnett Jr. won the title with a choke over Travis Little, but wasn’t able to celebrate long before he was challenged in the cage by Dunlap. The two are 1-1 against each other and after Dunlap issued is challenge, it appears that Barnett is also eager to have a rubber match.
Epic MMA makes leap forward with fight card at Hampton University
November 17, 2011|By Marty O'Brien, firstname.lastname@example.org | 757-247-4963
HAMPTON — — After successful debuts at smaller venues for its first two shows, Epic MMA is making the leap to a big arena for its third fight card. The Epic MMA "Battle For The Belt" is scheduled for 5:45 p.m. Saturday at the Hampton University Convocation Center.
It is actually a battle for championship belts in three divisions. The marquee matchup is the 135-pound title bout, featuring Reggie Barnett and Gatlin Clifton.
Sam Eure and Louis Johnson will scrap for the 145-pound belt, while Lee Rahlien and Edis Starns go after it for the 155 crown. The card of about 14 bouts begins shortly after a prefight concert featuring local band Hey Hey Hooligan.
Epic MMA promoters hope the concert and fights prove as popular as they were in their first two efforts, when they nearly sold out 500- and 600-seat venues. Moving to HU, where the capacity is about 6,000 for MMA, proved to be a must.
"We've got corporate sponsors now and two possible national sponsors," Epic promoter Giovanni Lemm said. "For people to take us more seriously we had to move out of community centers and hotel ballrooms.
"We want to go to the big leagues."
Attractions like Barnett certainly help. Barnett won the showpiece of Epic MMA's second event, a four-man tournament for the 135-pound title. He submitted a fighter with 70 bouts, then knocked out a second quality opponent in the title match in front of nearly a full house at the Crowne Plaza in Williamsburg.
"He's number one in the region," Lemm said. "He proved himself and why he's holding several different championship belts."
Epic MMA is hoping to emulate Barnett's consistency. While mixed martial arts is exploding nationally — and the UFC even held its heavyweight title bout live on Fox this past Saturday — only one other organization continues to promote multiple cards (at small venues) in Hampton Roads annually.
"We're doing everything we can to promote this sport in Hampton Roads," Lemm said. "We're partnering with the Norfolk SharX (indoor soccer team) and the Hampton Roads Admirals, and holding a championship bout at Scope in December after an Admirals game."
For ticket information, call 236-2546 or go to the Epic MMA Facebook page.
Per the USOC-approved Olympic Selection Procedures for Men’s Boxing, those weight classes, which were not qualified at the 2011 World Championships will be reopened and contested at the 2012 USA Boxing Men's National Championships. The United States team qualified three of the 10 Olympic weight classes at the 2011 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Therefore, the opportunity to compete internationally for berths in the 2012 Olympic Games in seven weight divisions will be available at the 2012 USA Boxing Men's National Championships.
The seven weight classes that remain unqualified following the 2011 World Championships are the light flyweight (108 lbs), lightweight (132 lbs), light welterweight (141 lbs), middleweight (165 lbs), light heavyweight (178 lbs), heavyweight (201 lbs), and super heavyweight (201+ lbs) classes.
The 2012 USA Boxing Men's National Championships, which will be an open tournament, will be the sole qualifying tournament for the second and final international Olympic qualifier. Participation in a local or regional tournament will not be required to compete in the event. However, the LBCs and regions may hold local and regional tournaments if they wish to do so.
The 2012 USA Boxing Men's National Champions in the seven aforementioned weight classes will represent the United States in the second and final international Olympic qualifier, which will be a continental tournament. We are currently awaiting the final quota numbers from AIBA to determine how high each boxer must place in the continental qualifier to earn a berth in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
As flyweight Rau’shee Warren, bantamweight Joseph Diaz, Jr., and welterweight Errol Spence qualified berths in the 2012 Olympic Games at the 2011 World Championships, those weight classes will not be open for Olympic qualifying at the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships. However, competition will be contested in those weight divisions at the event for those boxers interested in competing for a national championship in 2012.
The continental qualifier is the final international Olympic qualifying event for the 2012 Olympics. Therefore should any weight class fail to qualify in the event, the United States will not send a boxer to the Olympic Games in that weight division.
USA Boxing is currently finalizing dates and a location for the 2012 USA Boxing National Championships and they will be released soon.
757 Boxing Club produces several of Hampton Roads best amateur boxers
September 16th, 2010 12:14 pm ET
Tyquan Harris, 2010 Virginia State Silver Gloves Champion
Photo: 757 Boxing Club
Ever since it's doors opened, 757 Boxing Club has produced some of the best boxing talent in Hampton Roads. Reggie Barnett Sr. founded the Old School Boxing gym in 2003, and later changed the name to 757 Boxing Club in 2005. With a training program that focuses on intense cardiovascular workouts, weight training, and mental discipline, Barnett has led his amateur boxers to several of the area's most distinguished awards. His talented amateurs won the team championships at the 2006 Mid-Atlantic Invitationals, 2007 ILA Invitationals, 2008 USA Boxing Virginia State Championships, and the 2010 North Carolina/Virginia Golden Gloves Championships.
Most recently, 757 Boxing Club showcased its talent at the 2010 "Battle at the Boo II", which was held at the Boo Williams Sports Plex in Hampton, Virginia. The best amateur boxers from some of the East Coast's best gyms attended the event, but 757 Boxing Club walked away with convincing wins in each and every one of their bouts. Not one single lost.
Barnett is currently getting his boxers ready for the Pro-AM Invitationals on Sept 18th. This event often attracts some of the nation's best talent, so the 757 Boxing Club boxers realize this is their opportunity to get some serious national exposure.
With a rich history of boxing talent and a new wave of young, talented amateurs, 757 Boxing Club has established itself as one of the East Coast's premiere boxing gyms.
Let's meet some of the team:
Reggie Barnett Sr: Founder, trainer, and former boxer. Barnett trains his fighters the right way, with a strong emphasis on maintaining a good diet, exercising regularly, and training properly. Any chance that Barnett would get back in the ring? "No, not me. But I may be forced to get back in the ring to silence some of my critics," he jokes.
Junius Liles: Trainer. Liles is quickly becoming one of the best trainers in Hampton Roads. He believes in pushing boxers, male and female, to reach their maximum physical and mental potential. He spends long hours in the gym working with the boxers on pads, bag work, foot work, and sparring.
Reggie Barnett Jr: Amateur boxer and MMA fighter, Lightweight. One of the East Coast's most promising fighters, with quick hands and a slippery ground game. Plans to pursue a career in both professional MMA and boxing. Check out his latest fight details here.
Troy Browning: Amateur boxer, Jr. Welterweight. Browning is a slick boxer with excellent hand speed and good power. He was the 2009 All-Navy National Box-Off Champion, and is one of the best, pure boxers on the East Coast.
Earl "The Bull" Platt: Amateur boxer and MMA fighter, Heavyweight. Another one of the East Coast's most promising fighters. As his name implies, Platt is a tough, rugged fighter with power in both hands and a granite chin. Platt came to 757 Boxing Club to sharpen his boxing skills, and the results are evident. "When I spar now, I work on my footwork, putting combinations together, and staying busy. Ever since I've been training this way, I haven't lost a fight." Platt is planning to pursue a professional boxing career.
Tyquan Harris: Amateur boxer, Bantamweight. Harris is the 2010 Virginia State Silver Gloves Champion, 2010 East Regional Silver Gloves Champion, 2010 Junior Olympic State Champion, and 2010 Jarsard's Boxing Invitational Winner. Surely a boxer with so much talent has a nickname, right? "I really don't have a nickname," the humble Harris says. "But if you ask my dad, he could probably tell you a few nicknames he has for me."
Linda Infantino: Amateur boxer, Featherweight. Infantino is the 2010 Virginia State Silver Gloves Champion, 2010 East Regional Silver Gloves Champion, and 2010 Junior Olympic State Champion. Infantino is a technically sound boxer, with superior footwork and quick combinations. "She is a gifted boxer. She is 757's Million Dollar Baby," says coach Barnett.
For a complete listing of 757 Boxing Club's boxers, upcoming events, membership details, and other information, please visit their website.
Reginald Barnett Jr scores knock-out in MMA superfight at "Battle at the Beach"
Two of 757 Boxers competed in Modern Gladiators MMA event this pass weekend, and came out on top with wins in the Lightweight division Reggie Barnett Jr, and Earl Platt in the Heavyweight division.
757 Boxing's Junior Olympic Boxer Linda Infantino wins her fourth title this year at the Womens Golden Gloves Tournament. She has won Virginia State Silver Gloves, East Regional Silver Gloves, and Virginia State Junior Olympic title.