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Ron Morris, the St. Clair College mathematics teacher, will forsake Golden Gloves glory for Canadian esteem later this month.
Morris, who scored an unanimous three-round decision over Larry Wilson of Detroit’s Kronk Boxing Centre to capture the Southwestern Michigan Golden Gloves open class championship in the 147 pound ranks at the Michigan State Fairgrounds Coliseum Friday night, will not compete in the United States Tournament of Champions later this month.
Instead, he will bid for Ontario laurels at the provincial championships scheduled for Ajax, March 22 and 23, The U.S. Golden Gloves tourney is listed for Lowell Mass., March 19.
“Ron prefers to remain in Canada and seek provincial and national championships rather than take the Golden Gloves route in the United States,” Windsor Amateur Boxing Club manager Harry Marshall indicated.
Four other WABC members also won area Golden Gloves crowns in competition last night. One other, Bill Voinaroski, forfeited his 156 pound match to highland Park’s Fred Hatchett due to illness.
Mark Wilson had the easiest time with a title in the Class B 165-pound division when his scheduled opponent, Cannon Centres Gary Valente, didn’t show.
In Class D, Peter Reschke continued his brilliant winning streak by knocking out Johnson Centre’s Gerald Wilson in the first round of a 139-pound test. Reschke unleashed a snapping left hook over a right hand lead by Wilson that tumbled his opponent onto the apron for the count.
Two Class E boxers, Tom Marshall at 147 pounds and Jacques Langlois at 125 pounds, scored first-round knockouts to take title belts. Marshall stopped Parkside’s Duane Sutgrey with a left hook and Langlois put Highland Park’s Dennis Gardner on the canvas with a right..
Three Windsor boxers lost.
In Class C Larry Anderson ran out of steam in the third round after winning the first two easily and was a TKO victim of Lasky Centre’s Chris Mordel at 139 pounds and Gilles LaJoie was stopped in the first round by Maheras Centre’s Dwight Davison at 156 pounds.
The other loss was suffered by Frank Lishenko when Gerald Samuel of Lasky Centre scored a close decision in a 112pound Class D bout.
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