Showdown at Noon: Winners Going to Tokyo From Lake Charles
Years of daily preparation come down to a few rounds measured in minutes. Those few rounds measured in microsecond flicks of fist and leather connecting or missing the flesh, muscle and bone of another. In a controlled form with a set of rules boxing takes us all the way back to the Roman Coliseum and even further in terms of man against man.
You eliminated everything but two final combatants in each division and it's win or lose today in Lake Charles on a box-off for a ride to the Tokyo Summer Olympics next year.
Fuchs a Pioneer in Women's Boxing
Virginia Fuchs of Houston completed her dominance of the women’s 112 lbs. division with a unanimous decision victory over Christina Cruz from Hell’s Kitchen, N.Y.Sunday, to claim her second Olympic Trials Championship. This was the second matchup of the tournament between the two. In the first meeting in the second round, Fuchs took home the unanimous decision win. In fact, Fuchs won every bout of these trials by unanimous decision. She joins Claressa Shields as the only female U.S. Boxers to win back-to-back Olympic trials.
Said Fuchs afterward: Being in the same category (as Shields) is an honor, I feel like I’m a pioneer in women’s boxing and getting more equality. It’s a great honor to be a part of that movement.
Mireles Wins Out in Men's
From unranked a year ago to the top of his weight class, Antonio Mireles of Des Moines, Iowa, secured the championship of the men’s 201+ lbs. division with a unanimous decision win over Jeremiah Milton from Tulsa, Okla. The final decision was deceiving. The two behemoths seemed equal as they exchanged blows. In the end, Mireles had more gas in the tank and outlasted Milton. Mireles won every bout this tournament by unanimous decision, including one over Milton in the semifinals.
According to Mireles after: He caught me off guard in the first round. He was more collected. I had to think more. I just tried to push the pace.
They Had Fun in Our Town
For most of the boxers, this brings an end their experience in Lake Charles. At both the Lake Charles Civic Center and Golden Nugget Casino and Resort, the red carpet was laid out for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing. The memories in the ring will last a lifetime, and the competitors were thankful for the opportunity to perform.
There are three box-off bouts scheduled today at the Golden Nugget Casino and Resort. Competition will begin at noon.