Great Night of Fights

The Cincinnati High School Boxing Team and UC Boxing Club put on their first intramural show of the season on Friday, Dec 20.  Team members competed against each other in 16 matches, showing off the skills and technique they have learned over the past month and a half.  All of the team members should be proud of their performance, as they put on a great show.

Three matches stood out as “Fights of the Night”.  Mara Cash vs. Hannah Basil was a fun contrast of styles, with Mara exhibiting great footwork and movement and using her reach and jab to manage distance while Hannah looked to get on the inside to land her combinations and power punches.  A good all round display of boxing technique by both girls.  Sjors Verhaak vs. Javier Gresham pitted two returning team members against each other in an action-packed fight.  Sjors was the busier of the two fighters, landing more punches, but Javier was countering with some big power shots.  Finally, Kevin Blount vs. Ben Leonardi was a slugfest between two of the bigger kids on the team and two good friends from Walnut Hills.  Kevin showed good movement and landed a lot of solid 1-2 combinations but Ben, while bloodied up, showed great heart and kept coming forward.

The coaches’ choice for “Fighter of the Night” went to Alec Pleatman, a senior at Moeller, for his performance against John Hautz.  A crafty southpaw, Alec demonstrated very good boxing technique, slipping punches and sliding to angles to land 3 and 4 punch combinations.  John has a powerful right-hand and landed some power punches of his own, but Alec did a great job of making John miss and then landing his own combinations and then moving to an angle before John could fire back.

There were many more great performances and matches but those above got the slight nod.  We were very proud of the sportsmanship shown by all the team members.  It’s always fun to see two kids fight their hearts out on the ring, but then smile and embrace afterwards.  Looking forward to seeing how much all the kids improve before their next show in mid-January.  Thanks to all the coaches and to everybody else who both helped the team get ready for the show and who helped out at the event.

Team Photo - Intramural Event  Sjors vs. Javier

Friday Night Fights – Friday, Dec 20

The Cincinnati Amateur Boxing Club will have it’s first intramural boxing show of the season, “Christmas Chaos”, on Friday Dec 20 at 7:00pm.  Members of the Cincinnati High School Boxing Team and UC Boxing Club will be competing against each other in approximately 18 matches.  With a  focus on technique and skill, members of the teams will compete in “friendly” matches as they get in the ring in front of a crowd for the first time this season.  This is the first step on the Road to Rochester as the High School Team builds towards their fights in their season-ending competition against Aquinas High School in Rochester New York.

The fights are open to all friends and family who want to come out and support the team.  Cost is $5 at the door and matches will start at 7:00pm.  The show will be held at Cincinnati Fitness & Boxing at 2929 Spring Grove Ave.

Tentative Bout Sheet

Bout Red Corner Name School Year Blue Corner Name School Year
1 Darius Brown SPCA Jr vs. Keanu Barnes Oak Hills So
2 Mara Cash Walnut Hills Jr vs. Hannah Basil Oak Hills Fr
3 Hunter Steimle Elder So vs. Kadyn Walters Oak Hills So
4 John French Walnut Hills So vs. Tyler Nunn UC Sr
5 Reagan Hassler Badin Fr vs. Lydia Snow White Oak Mid Sch 8th
6 Kevin Blount Walnut Hills Jr vs. Ben Leonardi Walnut Hills So
7 Alex Arroyo UC Alumni vs. Maximus Adarve Moeller So
8 Bree Cotton Princeton Sr vs. Hailey Snow Colerain So
9 Chase Collier Moeller Sr vs. Kenny Blount Walnut Hills Sr
10 Elaine Bisbee Madeira Sr vs. Ra’gan Wilson Colerain So
11 Sjors Verhaak Walnut Hills So vs. Javier Gresham SCPA Jr
12 Brian Hoops UC So vs. Tyler Nunn UC Sr
13 Jake Harrington Madeira Jr vs. Patrick Fitzgerald Madeira So
14 Austin Steimle Elder Sr vs. Eddy Gilfilen Madeira Jr
15 John Rodgers Moeller Sr vs. Chase Jeffries UC So
16 John Hautz Elder Sr vs. Alec Pleatman Moeller Sr
17 Shane Thompson Moeller Sr vs. Alex Arroyo UC Alumni

New Season Started Nov 4

The boxing season for the Cincinnati High School Boxing Team and the UC Boxing Club started as of Nov 4.  We had a very good turnout, with approximately 50 kids across both teams coming out to the first week of practices.  We have a lot of returnees from last season’s team but also a lot of new team members.  On the High School Boxing Team we have team members from Moeller, Walnut Hills, Elder, SCPA, Taft, Madeira, St. Ursula, Badin, Colerain, St. Xavier, Oak Hills, Princeton and others.

The first week of practice was spent mostly going over boxing basics including stance, footwork, jab, cross, head movement, defensive moves such as catch and parry and basic conditioning.  The intensity will pick up soon as we get into bag work, focus mitts, harder conditioning and eventually sparring.

Darius Brown wins match Oct 26

Darius BagCHB Team Member Darius Brown won his 2nd official amateur boxing match on Saturday, Oct 26 against a boxer from the University of Michigan Boxing Team.  Although Darius is only a junior in high school at The School for Creative & Performing Arts, he competed in this season-opening National Collegiate Boxing Association event at the Cincinnati Athletic Club.  Despite taking the fight on short notice, Darius beat his opponent by unanimous decision to improve his amateur record to 2-0.