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Gary “Digital” Williams’ Amateur Pulse


By Gary “Digital” Williams

The Potomac Valley team (boxers from DC and Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland) captured the team trophy at the East Central Regional Junior Olympics Tournament this weekend in Pittsburgh, PA.

The regional coach is Barry Hunter, who is better known in the pro game for working with young talent like the Peterson Brothers and Fernando Guerrero.
Here are the champion boxers:

101 Pounds (Female): Tanyia Jackson

101 Pounds: Aujee Tyler

110 Pounds: Malik Jackson

114 Pounds: Patrick Harris

145 Pounds: Demitrius Martin

154 Pounds: Tavon Body

The boxers will advance to the National Junior Olympic Tournament at Camp Lejeune, NC June 14-19.

Potomac Valley, USA Boxing and the University of Maryland Boxing Club are hosting the 2010 East Central Senior Regional Tournament Championship Friday through Sunday, June 4-6 at the University of Maryland’s Ritchie Coliseum in College Park, MD.

Winners from this event will advance to the USA Boxing National Championships in Colorado Springs, CO July 11-18. Males and Females are slated to participate in this event.

The action begins on Friday, June 4 at 7 PM. On Saturday, June 5, the event begins at 3 PM with championship day on Sunday, June 6 starting at 10 AM.

General Admission ticket prices are $20 for each day of competition. Tickets are $10 for fans 10-and-under and for college students with their ID’s and five dollars for boxers with their passbooks who are not participating in the event. There is also a three-day-pass for $50.

All this good news comes amidst heavy turmoil within the Potomac Valley Region, At a recent membership meeting, the association’s president, Jerry Jerome, and his wife Cecelia who served as treasurer, were stripped of their positions by the voting members of the association. The voting was unanimous in both cases.

According to copies of the termination letters, Mr. Jerome was cited for violating the voting process. According to the letters, non-voting members of PVA were allowed to vote on association business. Also, Mr. Jerome was removed from office for conduct unbecoming a member of the PVA’s Board of Directors.

Mrs. Jerome was stripped of her duties for failure to issue financial reports, failure to file required USA Boxing reports as well as failure to process received registration forms.

In a letter sent to the PVA Board of Directors and dated April 28th, the membership spelled out their complaints including this one:

“The current configuration of the board of Potomac Valley Boxing Association is simply not working. It is extremely difficult to obtain information and sanctions to provide opportunities for our youth participants to compete. Budget information is not available or shared with the general membership.”

Voting on a new administration is scheduled to take place on June 15.

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