Bad Boyz wins 9 of 12 fights.

7/1/2013

Bad Boyz wins 9 of 12 fights.

Bad Boyz wins 9 of 12 fights.

By GRANT MELIN

sports@gctelegram.com

After the second and final day of Bad Boyz Boxing in the Garden Show came to an end on Saturday night, Bad Boyz Boxing, one of the two Garden City teams, emerged as the top winning squad with nine of 12 matches won.

However, it is customary to not have the local team keep the team trophy and as a result, runners-up Los Lobos from Ulysses, with six match wins, took home the team championship trophy at the New Garden on the campus of Garden City High School.

Los Lobos had Allen Garcia, Benny Parras, Eduardo Mendoza and Paul Garcia get match victories on Saturday while host team Bad Boyz had Jason Garza, Jesus Loya, Joseph Garza, Marcus Irsik, Victor Bravo, and Brevin Woydziak took in match victories as well.

Jesse Smith of Ybarra Boxing from Dodge City was voted the Outstanding Boxer award after winning by decision against Adam Marquez of the Los Lobos Club.

Despite the Bad Boyz' success over the two nights of fights, both Bad Boyz and Garden City Boxing Club had a handful of players falling in their bouts on Saturday.

One local boxer who struggled on Saturday was two-year boxer Ronnie Rodriguez of Bad Boyz Boxing as he fought Liberal's Eric Orosco in the 122-pound match. Rodriguez withstood charges by Orosco in round one before going close to the ropes in the second and third rounds to allow Orosco to pull away with the decision.

"I was just playing hard and going hard," said Rodriguez. "He was pretty good because he was working harder but I hope I get better this season."

Another local boxer, this time Carlos Lopez from Garden City Boxing, who has boxed for three years, also had struggles in his 80-pound bout against Paul Garcia from Los Lobos of Ulysses. After hanging with Garcia in round one, Lopez and Garcia both got close to the ropes in round two before Garcia pushed ahead in round three as Lopez was the one getting onto the ropes a couple times.

"I learned some new strategies on how to fight better," said Lopez. "My key strategy was to just keep throwing punches but the fight was otherwise close."

This was not the first time Lopez had fought against Garcia.

"I have fought against Garcia before in Ulysses and I won," said Lopez. "Garcia is a good boxer."

For Bad Boyz official Robert Gonzales, the show's organizer, the two-night show was successful with the number of fights conducted over the Friday-Saturday event.

"We had a lot of good fights and I'm happy with the turnout we had from other clubs," Gonzales said. "We would liked to have had bigger crowds, but with this being our first big show here at the new gym, I thought it went pretty well."

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