Photo by Sue Jaye Johnson
by Sarah Deming
SPOKANE, Wash.—It was all women and junior men yesterday at the spacious, pizza-scented HUB Center in Spokane. Winners advanced to the semifinals today.
D.C. darling Gary Antaunne Russell was outgunned against rising star Genaro Gamez of San Diego. It’s up to big brother Gary Antonio Russell to keep the family name alive in the tourney. He will fight this morning.
Bantamweight Francisco Martinez of Dallas upset Junior Olympic champion Efren Lopez of Fresno in a macho-man bout that saw great inside work from both young fighters. The bout that followed matched two slick boxers, Detroit’s Jarico O’Quinn and Jayvon Garnett, resplendent in the yellow-and-purple satin of Cincinnati Youth. Both showed tremendous heart; O’Quinn took the split decision with heavier, straighter counters. Who works harder than a bantamweight?