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Mayor's Cup returns

D.C. amateur boxers win team, individual honors

(Published September 23, 2002)

Washington’s amateur boxing team won bragging rights during the 2002 Mayor’s Cup Invitational Boxing Tournament.

The District’s team won team champion honors, and two members of the team — Antonio Jones and Arrick Washington — received "Outstanding Boxer" awards.

Pugilists traveled to Washing-ton from cities such as Baltimore, Cleveland, Newark and Lancaster, Pa., to attend the two-day event, held Sept. 13-15 at Kenilworth-Parkside Recreation Center. Preliminary bouts were held Friday, with championship matches taking place on Saturday.

"We were pleased with the turnout, both inside and outside the ring," said Neil O. Albert, director of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation.

"This shows us that our efforts were not in vain," he said. "This city has a high interest in amateur boxing, and we will continue to deliver quality boxing programs."

The recreation department co-sponsored the event with the D.C. Sports and Entertainment Commission and the Boxing Information Center.

Since its inception in 1985, the Mayor’s Cup tournament has been held sporadically, with the last event taking place in 2000.

This year’s tournament signifies a renewed commitment to the event’s longevity, Albert said.

Winners of the championship matches, by weight class, follow:

JUNIOR DIVISION

• Dwayne Thompson of Washington, 60 lbs.

• Antonio Jones of Washington, 65 lbs.

• DeAndre Davis of Washington, 65 lbs.

• Kevin Rivers of Washington, 70 lbs.

• Larry Reccio of Washington, 75 lbs.

• Kenard Gardner of Baltimore, 75 lbs.

• Keith Jones of Washington, 80 lbs.

• Bernard Tate of Cleveland, 85 lbs.

• Gary Russell of Washington, 90 lbs.

• Angel Cintron of Newark, 106 lbs.

• Samuel Peaks of Washington, 112 lbs

• Willie Nelson of Cleveland, 132 lbs

• Tavon So of Baltimore, 147 lbs

OPEN DIVISION

• Thomas Snow of Washington, 125 lbs

• Maxell Taylor of Baltimore, 147 lbs

• Arrick Washington of Washington, 156 lbs

• Kevin Bell of Lancaster, 165 lbs

• Adrain Mitchell of Washington, 201 lbs

• Brandon Cabell of Baltimore, 201+.

Copyright 2002, The Common Denominator