Air Force Boxers Shine in Semester Finale
Dec. 7, 2012
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - The Air Force boxing team closed out the fall semester of Friday Night Fights with 10 action-packed bouts on Dec. 7 at the Cadet Gym. All but four bouts went to the final bell, as James Monk was named the Academy's Boxer of the Week.
En route to claiming his first Boxer of the Week honor, Monk out-boxed Kyle Gladney in the 161-pound division. Although both boxers showed great skill and poise with quick combinations, Monk landed the heavier blows and used fast feet to win the judge's decision.
Five other bouts were handed to the judges for decision. In the lighter weight classes, Michael Magtalas took a decision from Jamal Johnson at 127 pounds and Roy Taylor defeated Pete Coote in the 133-pound contest. Zigmas Polinauskas (170-pound win over Matt Fischer), Jeff Herrala (175-pound victory over Shane Riley) and Derek Demyanek (183-pound win over Chad Turney) also claimed decisions in their respective bouts.
The remaining four bouts were stopped early by the referees, including two that were halted in the first round. Joe Lee earned a 147-pound victory over Jim Yang before the first bell, while Aaron Oats earned a win in the 218-pound division with a first-round stop over Dave Williford. Matt Medara (147 pounds, Jake McGill) and Nicholas Holguin (168 pounds, Grant Hemberger) earned their victories when the referee stopped their respective bouts in the second round.
Air Force returns to action following the Academy's winter break with a round of Friday Night Fights on Jan. 11.