4 novice boxers from Tulsa’s Engine Room Boxing Health club competed on the USA Boxing 2020 Nationwide Championships in Shreveport, La. final week, garnering a complete of seven wins at this prestigious match, Aaron Sloan proprietor and head coach of the Engine Room introduced right now. Twenty-six-year-old Neida Ibarra reached the finals within the Elite Ladies Division at 132 lbs, returning dwelling with a silver medal. On account of her efficiency, Ibarra now ranks among the many prime boxers within the nation in her division.
“We’re very pleased with Neida and our general accomplishments as a staff at this match,” says Sloan. “Our boxers defeated a number of nationally-ranked fighters in the course of the competitors. This can be a grueling occasion, with some boxers preventing a number of days in a row and making weight every day. The success our Engine Room boxers achieved at this extremely aggressive stage speaks to the bodily and psychological preparation of our fighters, coaches and program.”
The match, which had been rescheduled from December, occurred March 25-April 3 on the Shreveport Conference Heart. It featured near 1,000 bouts, with boxers from throughout america competing in Olympic/Worldwide Federation weight divisions in junior, youth and elite age teams for his or her place on Group USA’s Excessive-Efficiency groups. With roughly 2,550 individuals registered (1,475 boxers, 970 coaches and 100 officers), it was the most important USA Boxing match in historical past.
The No 2-seeded Ibarra defeated Nancy Garcia of Texas and Jessica Capurso of New York earlier than a loss by break up choice to California’s Amy Winter on Saturday night time.
“It was an amazing expertise, and I loved every battle,” says Ibarra, who additionally works full-time within the medical subject whereas pursuing a nursing diploma. “Profitable silver is gratifying. I fought towards boxers from a few of the hardest boxing states, which made me work exhausting. I’m pleased with how I did, and my coaches are, too, which is the last word win for me.”
Engine Room coach and coach, Danny Skipper, is impressed with Ibarra’s means to juggle work, faculty, and coaching.
“We’re all so pleased with Neida on the gymnasium,” says Skipper. “She carried out amazingly effectively in all her fights at Nationals, arising simply quick with a break up choice within the finals in an especially robust battle. She’ll solely get higher from right here, and I can’t wait to see what the long run holds.”
Different Engine Room boxers competing included Terrance Reed (Elite Male 138 lbs), who defeated Luis Torres of Texas earlier than a loss to Jacob Cuevas of Nevada. Angel Mora (Elite Male 138 lbs) defeated Liam Grogan of North Carolina and Jordan Jenkins of Texas to advance to the third spherical of the preliminaries earlier than a loss to the No 12 seed, Jorge Carlos of Kansas. Dempsey Wooten (Youth Male 141lbs) defeated the No. 7 seed, Danilo Diez, and Jadden Addison, each of Florida, earlier than dropping to the No. 3 seed Bobbie Pettigrew of New York within the quarterfinals. Wooten will acquire extra nationwide rating factors from the match.