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Golden Gloves Champ comes from Waxahachie

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CORY O’CONNOR

The Ellis County Press

Waxahachie – The state wide boxing tournament known as the Golden Gloves Competition started Wednesday, March 3 ended Saturday, March 5.

Among the 270 different teams competing this year was Big E’s Rock Solid Boxing Team from Waxahachie, run by none other than Earnest Smith "Big E" Wade Ford himself.

Along with the assistance of Tony Lopez and Ms. Debbie, Big E helps run and manage an amazing boxing program meant to keep the youth of this area off the streets and to give them something to focus their energy on as well as a renewed hope for a future.

This year three fighters of the Rock Solid Boxing Team competed, two of them placing first and second in their designated weight divisions.

Robert Diaz, 14, placed first in the 154 pound, age 13 – 14 division, by winning four consecutive fights by decision.

Diaz’s parents agreed at first they were skeptical about young Robert getting into boxing at the age of 13, however ,when they saw how determined and dedicated he became with competing, as well as the excellent training he was receiving, there is no reason why he cannot become a pro boxer one day.

Also in the 152-pound division, boxer Wesley Lacey, 17, placed second, winning two out of three fights, bringing another proud victory to the boxing team.

The last competitor who fought in the Golden Gloves this year was 22-year-old, 220 pound Bryan Bostwick, from Midlothian, who only began boxing for Rock Solid six months ago.

Bostwick claims he discovered his love for physical competition while wrestling in high school, and although he lost a decision in this tournament, he feels this is just the beginning his career.

Despite the relatively small size of the Big E’s Rock Solid Boxing Team, they make up for it with a large heart and an unwavering will to win.

This was the boxing teams fifth Golden Gloves tournament to both compete and place in and they plan on several more to come.


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matson manicchia 11/03/2010 16:19:55
i used to box in this gym with big e and tony. these guys are the best. they will take the time and push you mentally and physically. i made the mistake of leaving the gym and leaving the area. if i had the chance i would definitely jump right back in there with these guys and pick up where we left off. any one who is considering this gym would be making a mistake by not going.
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