Local Amateur Boxers win National Championships

June 04, 2012 | John West

The 2012 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions is in the books and with more than 300 amateur boxes ages 19-35 in more than 200 bouts from April 30-May 5, and the team from Washington DC Regional Golden Gloves took the overall title. This team boasts three gold medal national champions and one silver medalist.

Gervonta Davis of Baltimore, MD (123 lbs) won a Gold Medal.

D’Mitriuis Ballard, Temple Hills, MD (165 lbs) won a Gold Medal.

Jerry Odom, Bowie, MD (178 lbs) won a Gold Medal. Jerry Odom was names the recipient of the Golden Boy Award in honor of the tournament’s top boxer.

David Grayton, Washington DC, (152 lbs) won a Silver Medal.

Bobby Magruder, President of the Washington DC Golden Gloves, loved the final results. “I am absolutely tickled with this”, he said. “We are elated, to say the least. Three of our boxers won titles and one other was a runner-up.”

Patrick Pannella, Executive Director of the Maryland State Athletic Commission, said “Boxing is a sport of dedication, skills and sacrifice. The young men who represented this state and region as members of the Washington, D.C. Regional Golden Gloves Team in Nevada exemplify this combination and were duly awarded for their efforts. We wish them continued success in their boxing pursuits.

“It is worth noting that all of the three National Champions (Gold Medalists) on your team are residents of the State of Maryland. All of you should be very proud of your boxers, and deservedly so!”