Archive for October, 2014

Reno, Nev:The sanctioning of bouts between collegiate boxers and open skill amateurs is a common practice within the sport. Recent rule changes initiated by USA Boxing President Anthony Bartkowski on August 9th of this year, amateur boxing in the United States is taking steps enforce and regulate safety measures to protect fighters.

The recent rule changes in regards to the issue of headgear, the new 10 point scoring system and low blow penalty changes are enforced to encourage safety and going forward other rule changes may be applied. The concern of sanctioning bouts between collegiate amateur boxers with limited experience, against opened level amateurs with more experience is also an issue.

There are two organizations that regulate collegiate boxing in the United States. The National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) and The USIBA, a newly formed group, established in 2012. The NCBA, originally established in 1924 under the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), is the first sanctioning group to cover boxing. Currently, the NCAA is a non-profit organization that monitors all major collegiate athletics.

“One thing is our kids are always safe; our boxers are safe,” said University of Nevada Reno Boxing Coach Dan Holmes. “They know boxing fundamentals, they’re not going to get hurt relying on landing one big punch to win a bout and taking three or four (punches) to get to that.”

The University of Nevada Reno fights under the NCBA. There are no separations by skill level, but the fighter can have no more than 10 fights on their passbook. That does not include intramural experience.

There are key differences between the NCBA and the USIBA. Although each organization shares comparisons in regards to weight divisions, the USIBA offers three different partitions based on experience.

For the USIBA, the experience is based on skill level and the amount of fights with each individual boxer. There is beginner, novice and elite divisions predicated on skill level and experience.

“The University of Kentucky used to be a member of the NCBA,” said University of Kentucky Coach Larry Herman. “We left because most of our students are true novice boxers.”

Herman expanded further on the matter. “The NCBA allowed my students who may have had one bout to have bouts against military academy students who had twenty bouts in their passbooks and unknown number of intramural bouts which did not show in their passbooks,” said Herman. “We were concerned about safety.”

For open amateurs not associated with the collegiate boxing, there are organizations that govern amateur bouts. There is USA Boxing, which is associated with Amateur Olympic boxing, there are regional and national Golden Gloves tournaments, and there is Canadian Amateur Boxing and International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA).

Abraham Moreno, is a former amateur fighter and currently trains up and coming amateurs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

“There is a lot of dysfunction that can go on behind the scenes with boxing, safety is always a concern,” said Moreno. “I never had the chance to fight any collegiate boxers aside from friendly sparring, but I would welcome the challenge. I wouldn’t mind getting the experience, getting that work in.”

There is a risk factor involved with the sanctioning of bouts between collegiate amateurs and open level amateur fighters. The dangers involved with the collegiate fighters is the lack of experience against some of the better skilled amateurs.

“I was with the NCBA for 17 years,” said USIBA member Angel Merino. “There were a sense of disparity between members.”

Merino further explained the NCBA allowing the privileged members having vital roles as weigh-in masters, or draw masters on tournaments each and every year–where claims of anomalies and grievances been raised but no action were made by the organization.

“In fairness to other NCBA coaches, especially for those who are new members, they are trying to rebuild with a perspective towards a proactive approach,” said Merino. “They (NCBA) now acknowledging female boxers in their tournaments.”

With possible disorder not only within the NCBA association, but with other governing bodies associated with amateur boxing, proactive action may be necessary in order to see some changes in regards to fighter safety.

An issue that may be addressed going forward is strict guidelines between the sanctioning of bouts between collegiate athletes and open level amateurs boxers or some kind of compromise and merger between the various organizations that sanction bouts.

Rules and Regulations


    Universities under NCBA

    Differences Between NCBA and USIBA


  • Mex Cuisine

    Posted: October 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

    Reno, Nev- September 6, the University of Nevada Reno Boxing Program opened the doors to the newly constructed gym on 855 E 4th St. in downtown Reno. The opening of the new gym continues a long tradition that has existed in Reno since 1928, when the first collegiate boxing team formed in Reno.

    The new gym, headed by the President and Head Coach of the UNR Boxing Program Mike Martino, is a few blocks away from the old location on 410 E. 4th St. Although the gym is located in the heart of Reno’s downtown area, the new facility offers new options and advantages. The new gym is more spacious, equipped with improved heating and airing facilitation.

    “It was moved because the space owned by Morris Burner Hotel, was bought out by other “Burning Man,” enthusiasts and they had some retail ideas they wanted to pursue with the space,” said Coach Dan Holmes of the UNR Boxing Team. “It’s his building, he was helpful with our departure, he’s a good guy and I think it’s good.”

    The future of the gym for the UNR Boxing Team was in question for a few months and some may wonder why the practice facility isn’t located on campus grounds.

    “Well, with having the gym on campus, we are a club sport, space is a premium,” said Coach Holmes. “Space on campus is education first, athletic department sports second and the third would be club sports – that would be the pecking order who gets space up there. We don’t feel like the university shorted us in any way, they’ve been great, that’s just the way it is,” said Coach Holmes.

    Interim executive director of USA Boxing and Head Coach of the UNR Boxing Team Mike Martino, echoed the same sentiments as Holmes.

    “The university [UNR] sure didn’t do us wrong, but the space is not available right now,” said Mike Martino. “The space isn’t available because of other programs that came before us and that’s just how the way it works.”

    With the relocation of the gym, the UNR Boxing Team had strong support from the community and from UNR alumni. “It wasn’t difficult moving,” said Coach Holmes. “We had good alumni support, boosters in town, we just put the word out and the actual move took about four hours.”

    The old location of the gym closed its doors in the beginning of July and reopened towards the early parts of September.

    “What took long, was trying to find the right spot, but one of the boosters found this spot,” said Coach Holmes. “It took about a month or two, but I think the way it worked out, worked out perfect.”

    The actual relocation of the gym was not difficult, but the transition in between time was rough for some fighters on the UNR Boxing Team.

    “It was kinda hard to stay in boxing shape, with there not being a gym and all,” said Raymond Rosado, member of the UNR Boxing Team. “I didn’t want to go to any other gyms and I just did workouts at home,” said Raymond Rosado. “But I’m glad the gym is open again, I’m ready to really start training.”

    Although the gym is not on campus and may not easily accessible to some students, the location of the gym downtown may offer some advantages.

    “The benefit having it [UNR Boxing Gym] on 4th St. downtown, is we have use of it whenever we want,” said Coach Holmes. “Kids know the gym is open, there’s a location, there’s a coach there and kids know we are open at 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and if you want to learn to box, come on down.”

    One is the advantages of having the practice facility off campus, is the open accessibility to the facilities.

    “The schools that we compete with use their gym on campus or a room [ex Lombardi Rec] for a few hours a day and they don’t have an established place where the coaches have a key,” said Mike Martino. “Because of our gym being located off campus grounds, they [UNR Boxers] could go anytime and schedule workouts.”

    With the new facility which includes more space, better air facilitation, along with the proper equipment and coaching expertise of Mike Martino, Dan Holmes, Pat Jefferson and Pat Schillen, the UNR Boxing Team looks to be on track to attracting new prospects and potential national champions.

    Real Star

    There’s an ominous feeling in the air, witnesses can only imagine what is about to take place. Emotions swirling around, whether it is anger, anxiety, and depression can be sorted in my office.

    I can sense the nervousness; I can hear knots turning inside the stomach of an individual. You see, I am counselor and a miracle worker. I can help those who spend time with me lose weight and relieve stress. But if you spend too much time with me, I can be harmful for your health.

    “Knock, knock, knock! Cling! Clang!”

    The early sounds of my construction early in the morning. I am of most importance, without me, there is nothing. All eyes will be watching and I am the biggest attraction.

    I bring fame and admiration; I am sturdy in structure, my legs stand firm, my arms serve as guidelines and old timers know me as the circle of truth. Gladiators of past and present have frequented my domain.

    “Cheers!! Yea!! Rrgrr!”

    You hear that? That’s the sound of jubilation, the audience appreciating the artistry. I am a canvas; the pugilists pose as talented virtuosos and work together to create a work of art.

    Blood, sweat, tears among other liquids have splattered across my face over the years. Various places of business have tattooed their emblem to across my frame. My face tends to get cleaned ever so often, but I enjoy the small puddles of blood across my canvas. It serves as a reminder, to the wonderful picture that took place across my domain.

    Even when the arena empties and the lights fade to black, I will remain. Although isolated in darkness, I at least have the memories of blood, scars from buckets of water tipped over and wasted, imprints of various warriors embedded in my memory.

    Pat “Lightfoot” Jefferson

    Born July 7th, 1957 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Pat Jefferson grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota.

    The South Dakota native had an amateur record of 249-24 and was a 1973 National Junior Olympics champion.

    Also an amateur, Jefferson represented several U.S. national boxing squads in dual competition between various nations.

    Jefferson participated in the national Golden Gloves tournament from 1974-1977.

    He defeated Rocky Lockridge in the 119-pound semifinals in 1975. Until that defeat Lockridge was undefeated in 118 bouts. In 1976, Jefferson lost a disputed split decision to Thomas Hearns in the 132-pound semifinals.

    Lockridge and Hearns went on to become world professional champions. Hearns is regarded by the boxing media and fans alike as one of the greatest fighters of all-time.

    Jefferson turned professional in 1980, amassed a professional record of 24-6 (8 KO’s) and fought notable opponents such as Hall of Famer Alexis Arguello and world title contender Irleis Perez.

    Jefferson was inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame 2005 and started training fighters at the University of Nevada Reno in 2011.

    UNR Stats

    The UNR Boxing Program came into fruition in 1928.

    The UNR Program has earned 4 National Championships as a team, fourth most amongst all schools and first amongst non-military schools.

    The last National Championship came in 1993.