A rea boxers keeping busy
Milano High School senior Ryan Karl has competed in six bouts over the last month.
On Feb. 12 he competed in the USA Boxing under 19 championships and lost in the semifinals. Then turned around and won the San Antonio Regional Golden Gloves Championship on Feb. 27, advancing him to the state Golden Gloves contest.
On March 4, Karl defeated Ramsey Luna, 18 of Aransas Pass, to reach the 2010 Texas Golden Glove semifinals in Fort Worth, where he lost to eventual 141 pound weight class state champion George Rincon, 18 of Dallas. Rincon is also a ranked boxer with USA Boxing.
“The scores were very close, varying from one to three punches per card, and is encouraging for us because (Rincon) has 11 years experience and three to four times more bouts than Ryan,” Karl’s coach and trainer, Darrel Karl said. “Ryan is feeling confident that when he returns to 100 percent for the PALS nationals in October he will be ready.
“We have a couple of big tournaments this summer but the next qualifier for the 2011 Olympic trials for us will be PALS in San Antonio this fall.”
Karl was a silver finalist in the South Texas USA regional and would go in April for state if the gold finalist could not.
Jordan Juarez, 27 of Rockdale, and also a Cowboy Boxing Club member, competed in his first USA Boxing bout on Feb. 24 at the San Antonio Golden Gloves regional.
“Although he took a loss by points, he showed confidence and courage to complete the bout and give all he had,” his coach Darrel Karl said. “He now heads back to the gym for more preparation.”