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Harvey resident wins, too

By Chinta Strausberg


With a made up mind and focusing on one goal at a time, Shawn Simpson, an 18-year-old Chicago Vocational Academy senior, recently won the National Golden Gloves tournament held at the CasaBlanca Resort in Mesquite, NV, but he’s not stopping there.

Reached at home, Simpson, who is the reigning National Police Athletic League 114 pound National Champion, said, “I felt I had to win.”  An amateur boxer since the age of 10, he won the coveted 114 pound championship. “I have won so many matches you get used to it,” he said. Simpson said he felt in his heart he would be victorious.

In winning the National Golden Gloves title, Simpson defeated Hector Valdez of Texas, Jesus Cerda of Wisconsin and Ja’Rico O’Quinn of Detroit to advance to the final. He’s anxious for the next championship game and is determined to keep his mind and body in shape for the showdown.

Simpson is trained by 1996 Olympic Heavyweight Bronze Medalist Nate Jones who is part of pound-for-pound champion and former Olympic teammate Floyd Mayweather’s training team. He won the Chicago Golden Gloves 114 pound championship last year and in 2012. He was named the Chicago Golden Gloves “Best Boxer” in 2012 and in 2009 he was the Junior Olympic National Flyweight Champion.

Having won more than 100 boxing matches beginning at age 10 when he fought in Kansas City, Mo. and including this recent tournament, Simpson has set yet another goal—to go the USA Boxing Training Camp in Colorado Springs after he graduates on June 9, 2012.

In four-years, he wants to win the Olympics, but in the interim Simpson said, “I will be training and staying in shape,” and his father, Tony Simpson, will be right by his side.

Young Simpson is hoping to win the National Police Athletic Leagues tournament in Toledo, Ohio in October. There are only a select number of tournaments recognized by the USA Boxing as being elite. This tournament is one where all of the top boxers will participate.  Simpson plans to be there and to win.

Also winning the National Golden Gloves title was Alex Martin, 21, a graduate from the Joliet Township High School who currently lives in Harvey, Illinois, who defeated David Grayton, Washington, D.C., 165-pounds. He is the most highly decorated amateur boxer in the Chicago area. Martin’s goal is to turn professional sometime this year.

Trained by Mark Chears of Team Chears Boxing/Boxing For Boxers, Martin defeated Montrel Wade of California, Tony Losey of the 
Kansas-Oklahoma franchise and Wesley Tucker of Toledo, OH to advance to 
the championship. 

Martin was the 2011 National Golden Gloves 152 pound runner-up, 
the 2011 and 2012 Chicago Golden Gloves 152 pound Champion and he received 
the 2011 Chicago Golden Gloves “Best Boxer Award.”

Martin was the USA 
Boxing Welterweight Silver Medalist in 2010 and 2012. In 2009, he won the National Police Athletic League 152 pound National Championship. 
 Martin has international experience and has represented the U.S. in dual 
competitions vs. Mexico in April 2011, China in October 2010 (in New York) and in March in Assisi and Rome, Italy and in September of 2010.

Martin did not return calls prior to deadline.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

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