LIMA — Lima’s Jahosh Allen wanted to put on a good show for his hometown fans.
He accomplished that and came away with the first-place trophy.
Lima South Side boxers Allen and Michael Carter both won their Golden Gloves regional championship matches Saturday at Lima’s VFW Post 1275.
Lima’s Akeliante McClellan won his regional championship Golden Gloves match last weekend in Toledo.
In all, four Lima South Side Spartans fought for a regional championship Saturday. Lima’s Kenyen Rettig and Nick Harrod both lost on a decision.
It marked the first time in modern history that Lima hosted a regional Golden Gloves championship. The event was brought to Lima by Lima South Side trainer/coach/proprietor Lonnie Rettig.
“A lot of Lima does not know that there’s a lot of boxing going on, but it seems like it’s going on all around Lima, but not in Lima,” Rettig said. “I just wanted to give Lima a chance to see some championship bouts.”
Luis Barrientos, the president of the Toledo Golden Gloves Association, felt it was significant to the Lima area’s sports scene.
“I think it’s good to get Lima back in the boxing community,” Barrientos said. “That was our main goal, was to get it back (in Lima) and to get people back involved in boxing and realize it’s still here and not dead.”
Added VFW former post commander Butch Smith, “It’s good for the community. … Lonnie came to us about this event and we’ve helped his program out for three years.”
The 12-year-old Allen completely dominated his three-round bout to win the 106-pound junior division on a unanimous decision. Allen (13-7) came out throwing plenty of combinations early. He was all over his opponent, Alex Hernandez, of the Putnam County Boxing Club.
Allen used his superior quickness, agility and strength to swarm Hernandez. In the final two rounds, he continued to throw combinations and hardly let Hernandez catch a breath.
“I wanted to throw a lot of punches,” Allen said. “It feels good. It’s the first time for me going for a big championship.”
Allen has reached the quarterfinals of the National Silver Gloves tournament.
“I wanted to see him totally dominate a fight, which he did,” Rettig said. “He threw a lot of punches. He showed what he’s capable of. He showed a lot of power and a lot of speed.”
For the 12-year-old Carter (2-0), it was just his second fight, with both coming in the Golden Gloves tournament. He won a decision over Putnam County Boxing Club’s Waylon Lathrop in the 114-pound junior division.
“Waylon has been boxing for three years,” Rettig said. “He (Carter) did what he had to do.”
The key for Carter was controlling the third and final round with a variety of punches.
“I was just trying to throw more punches than my opponent,” Carter said. “I’m happy to win it.”
The 8-year-old Kenyen Rettig lost a close decision to Toledo Soul City Boxing Club’s Michael Crockett (3-0) in the 60-pound bantam division. Rettig is 3-3.
“I thought maybe he pulled it out, but he just didn’t throw enough punches,” Rettig said of his son.
In the 85-pound intermediate division, Brock French (Monroe, Mich.) defeated Lima’s Harrod in a very close decision. The 13-year-old Harrod came on strong at the end and easily controlled the final round. However, the referee took two points away from him when he seemed to throw French to the mat.
“I thought he pulled it off,” Rettig said. “He was backing the guy up (at the end).”
Only boxers 16-and-older in the open division advanced to the National Golden Gloves later this year at Salt Lake City, Utah.
“We (the Lima boxers) did a great show,” Rettig said.