Jose Burgos and Tre and Mookie Madison headline a 30-bout boxing card today at Legion Street Rec.
Boxers from Ohio, Georgia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and the Carolinas are scheduled to compete. The main event is Tre Madison, 17, versus Anthony Martin, who trains at Emmitt Igo’s gym in Richmond, Ky. Madison, a 141-pounder, lost a close decision to Ryan Martin earlier this month in the East Tennessee Golden Gloves championship bout.
F.N.O. Boxing and Fitness coach Roger Hensley said Madison’s had 19 fights while Ryan Martin has had in excess of 200.
“And a lot of people thought Tre beat Martin,” F.N.O. Boxing and Fitness coach Roger Hensley said. “He has quick hands. He’s very elusive.
“I don’t see Tre losing to a lot of people. He’s just that talented.”
The 15-year-old, 154-pound Burgos (49-4), whose national titles include three straight Silver Gloves belts, will take on Shaden White (Huntingdon,W.Va.). Burgos stopped White in their previous bout three years ago, Hensley said.
The 160-pound Mookie Madison, 15, is boxing Tyrahn Watkins (Simpsonville, S.C.). Mookie and Burgos recently staged a classic that drew a big crowd at Legion Street. Burgos was awarded a decision, and they wanted to have a rematch tonight.
Burgos will begin quest for a ninth national title when he boxes in the preliminary round of the national Junior Olympics in Tunica, Miss., next week. Mookie, who owns one national belt, will also box in Tunica.
Mookie and Burgos put on quite a show while practicing.
“There’s probably people that’d pay to watch Mookie and Jose spar,” Hensley said with a chuckle. “Mookie’s starting to become another Jose.”
Another bout Hensley’s excited about is Dezmand Carpenter and Zach Bartrum (Chesapeake, Ohio). Carpenter, 13, won the 95-pound East Tennessee Golden Gloves title this month in Knoxville, and is ranked No. 1 in the state according to Hensley. Carpenter’s championship bout with Aaron King was selected Fight of the Night at the Ace Miller Golden Gloves Boxing Arena.
Hensley said Carpenter has “phenomenal speed” and describes Bartrum as a long, lean counter-puncher with 100-plus fights.
Former Science Hill basketball player Landon Breeding, 30, will make his amateur debut. He’s fighting 18-year-old Matt Magaha of Knoxville.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Bell time is 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 for ages 12-under).