Boxers young and old vied for championships in 21 bouts that capped the fair’s 47th amateur boxing tournament, which started with about 170 fighters ages 8 to 25 who weighed in on July 22, and ended with 31 winners in various categories, including 10 who were unopposed.I didn't realize they had a boxing tournament at the Ohio State Fair. Even though it makes football look safe, I love that sport.
Yesterday’s fights at the ShowPlace Pavilion drew a crowd of more than 250 spectators as well as a steady flow of passers-by throughout the day.
Steve Gorski and his wife, Trisha, stopped by the pavilion during a break from visiting the fair’s sheep and cows with their daughters, Amelia, 4, and Abigail, 6, and their son, Zachary, 9.
Mr. Gorski, a former college boxer, didn’t know about the fair’s tournament and wanted his kids to get a glimpse of the action.
“It’s an exciting sport,” he said. “I wanted to at least show the kids what’s going on.”
Others came from throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania to cheer on friends and family members as they exchanged punches in the ring.
Allen Horner watched anxiously as his stepson, Skyler Gill, 15, of Zanesville, fought Shelton Organ, 16, of Columbus, for the championship in the junior division’s 145-pound weight class.
Gill recently returned from Las Vegas after taking third place in the national Junior Golden Gloves tournament this month with his team, PAL Zanesville Boxing.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Boxing Wraps Up at State Fair