|Salt Lake City to host 2009 National Golden Gloves
by The Grand Rapds Press
Friday May 09, 2008, 12:30 AM
Odds & ends from Thursday night at DeVos Place for the National Golden Gloves
Tournament of Champions:
GO WEST, YOUNG MEN
Salt Lake City was awarded the 2009 National Golden Gloves by a 20-12 vote, over a
competing bid from Elizabeth, N.J., at a delegates meeting Thursday. Salt Palace will be
host venue in the first tournament conducted in the western half of the continental U.S.
since 2003 in Las Vegas, although it was close in 2006 (Omaha, Neb.) and 2004 (Kansas
City, Mo.) Two cities announced their intentions to bid on the 2010 tournament during the
organization's mid-year meetings in September -- Little Rock, Ark., and Portland, Ore.
A FAITHFUL JOURNEY
Dmitriy Salita, the 28-0-1 professional junior welterweight from New York, who can not fight
between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday because he is an observant Orthodox
Jew, was in Grand Rapids for a special showing of an 80-minute documentary about his
journey, "Orthodox Stance," Thursday at Celebration Cinema North. Producer Jason Hutt
captured the effects of Salita's faith on his career and also caught two leading promoters in
some candid settings. "He got Bob Arum in some intimate moments, and even a negotiating
moment with Lou DiBella," Salita said. "It was amazing he was in the room. Some interesting
things happened that people don't ordinarily get to see." Salita fought here in 2003.
SOME KIND WORDS
Saginaw's Jose Bernal lost his quest for a national championship in a 4-1 loss to
Pennsylvania's Sammy Vasquez in a welterweight slugfest. But Jim Cvetic, the
Pennsylvania franchise delegate, said something Bernal might want to consider before any
rash decisions about turning professional. "I'll tell you what," Cvetic said. "If this kid stays
amateur for awhile, I can see this kid going to the Olympics someday. He is that good."
• Raul Lopez, a U.S. Championships runner-up from New York Metro, lost a light flyweight
semifinal to Jorge Abiague of New England.
• Anthony Campbell, who lost a U.S. semifinal on a tie-breaker to eventual champion
Javontae Starks (who lost in the first round here), lost a 4-1 welterweight decision to
Cleveland's Eduardo Alicia.
• Middleweight Aleem Whitfield of Syracuse originally was announced the loser in a 3-2
decision to New York's Philip J. Benson. The scorecards passed several reviews before a
scoring error was spotted on one, which reversed the result, and made Whitfield the winner.
• Eighteen out of 25 decision bouts at middleweight -- 72 percent -- have been either 3-2 or
4-1, an accurate representation of a division in which no one has seized control.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 -- Bouts, out of eight total, lost by the Florida brothers -- Elie, Azea and Emmanuel
Augustama -- in this tournament. Elie and Azea are in tonight's semifinals.
2 -- Bouts that failed to last the three-round distance, out of 44 contested. They were the
first and last bouts finished of the night, won by light flyweight Malcolm Franklin and super
heavyweight Andrae Cathron.
7 -- Boxers entered here who won National Police Athletic League championships last
October, the third major annual national tournament, along with the U.S. Championships
and National Golden Gloves.