Defenders Boxing Club took three local youth boxers to North Little Rock this weekend. All three boxers drew much more experienced boxers in each of their bouts, but gained some much-needed national level experience.
First up Thursday night, Sally Davison. Mena’s own 70lb State Champion. She faced a taller more experienced young lady 9 bouts to her record from the Dallas Pal Club. Sally gave it everything she had and proved she deserved to be there but came up short. Sally’s record now stands at 4-1.
Up next Thursday night, Kathryn Davison. Again, Mena’s own 119lb State Champion. Kathryn also drew the most experienced female in the tournament (21 bouts). Kathryn more than held her own in this back and forth contest until the ring experience of the girls from the Dallas Pal club became too much to overcome. Kathryn now holds a record of 3-3. But gained much needed higher level experience.
Closing out the weekend for Defenders on Friday, Zackary Willis. Our 115lb State Champion from Mena. Zack drew a young man from Louisiana who came in with 14 matches to his record. Zack more than showed he earned his way into this tournament, he boxed with a toughness that cannot be taught it comes naturally. But the other young man’s experience was more than could be overcome. Zack as well came up short in his bid for a regional title. Zacks record now stands at 3-3.
Richard Hexamer said “You can rest assured they will be back in the gym next week working harder and determined to come back stronger. All of our boxers fought with pride, honor, respect and sportsmanship even coming out on the hard side of their matches. All three of these young athletes made me proud beyond words. These boxers fought hard to represent Arkansas, Polk County and Mena. They deserve our respect and gratitude. Yes, we are a team but this is a one on one sport they get in the ring ALONE and do it with pride. We as a community need to show some support for these young warriors who are helping to put a lot of eyes on Mena.”
Defenders Boxing Club will be hosting their third show “Rumble on the Mountain“ on May 30th, 2020 on Iron Mountain. Everyone is welcome to come out and support our local fighters.
Pictured: Sally Davison, Zackary Willis and Kathryn Davison represented the Mena’s Defenders Boxing Club in matches in Little Rock. The Defenders Boxing Club will be hosting “Rumble on the Mountain” May 30th. Submitted photo.