Ogden's Julian Villastrigo successfully defended his 132 pound title and earned Outstanding Boxer honors during Saturday night's finals of the Rocky Mountain Regional Golden Gloves Championships at the State Fairground Coliseum.
Villastrigo's bout with Dave Geyman of Helena, Montana, was stopped at 2:48 of the second round after Geyman took his third standing-eight count of the round. Villastrigo will now join other regional champs at the Golden Gloves national championships in Des Moines, Iowa, May 5-12.His younger brother James Villastrigo was also a winner Saturday, earning a unanimous 5-0 decision at 119 pounds from Mel Carnell of Jerome, Idaho.
In all, 12 championships were awarded Saturday night, though three champs were unopposed in their weight divisions. Kearns' superheavyweight Samson Pouha, fifth-ranked nationally, was not challenged in the region this year, and he will join Tanis Holguin of Riverton, Wyoming, at 106; and Ogden's Chris Babington at 112, in the trip to Iowa.
The evening's most interesting fight was in the 178 pound class, where Doug Moore of Kearns earned a hard-fought victory over Donnie Wilcox of Boise. Moore started the first round strongly, taking a decisive lead over Wilcox and inflicting a small facial cut on his opponent. In the second round, both fighters went toe-to-toe, and the boisterous crowd roared its approval as both boxers remained aggressive the rest of the way. Wilcox finally took a standing eight count in the third round, and Moore was awarded the 5-0 decision. Wilcox, incidentally, was given the Best Sportsmanship Award for the tournament.
Salt Lake City's Frank Madrid captured the 125 pound title, as his fight with Saul Holguin of Riverton, Wyoming, was stopped at 2:28 of the third round. Madrid was safely ahead in the fight which he dominated from the opening bell. Other lower bracket winners included Cleveland Corder of Kuna, Idaho, who earned a 5-0 decision over Tom Kemppanem of Columbia Falls, Montana, at 139; and John Valdez of Twin Falls, who defeated St. George's Rocci Twitchell 5-0 at 147.
There was one split decision, and it was an unpopular one. In the 165 pound class, Flint Felde of Missoula earned a 3-2 win over John Dalton of Worland, Wyoming. The fight was close all the way, and Felde actually took a standing eight count late in the third round, but he had earned enough points by that time to pocket the title.
At 165, Joe Bickness of Kuna, Idaho, earned a 5-0 decision over Scott Felde of Missoula with Felde fighting Bickness on almost even terms until he took a standing eight near the end of the fight. The other title, at heavyweight, went to Richard Gonzales of Hardin, Montana, whose fight with Cedar City's Jade Robinson was stopped at 1:58 of the first round.