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Five area fighters fall short of Gloves nationals

On most cards, Mike Christopher versus Jarred Nosewicz would have been fight-of-the-night material.

The 152-pound open-class bout was a slugfest that had the sellout crowd of an estimated 400 fans at the Forvm cheering quite loudly in appreciation for the effort both combatants put on for them. The cheering stopped as soon as the decision was announced, though, as the hometown boy didn’t get the call from the judges.

Christopher’s quest to qualify for the National Golden Gloves Tournament ended with a stunning loss via 3-2 split decision to his opponent from Syracuse. A fight Christopher thought he had control of didn’t go the way of the 25-year-old from UB Boxing Club, as Nosewicz earned his first open-division New York State Golden Gloves championship and the automatic berth into the national tournament May 11-16 in Las Vegas.

“Getting that here in Buffalo, I didn’t expect that,” said Nosewicz’s trainer, Frank Alagna.

“I thought I won that fight,” said Christopher, who is 21-9 as an amateur. “Maybe he threw more punches. ... Sometimes in the amateurs it’s just more punches than effective punches” that sway the judges.

Christopher was one of five Buffalo boxers whose quest to qualify for nationals ended in defeat.

In a rematch between old friends, defending 132-pound champion Sequan Felton of Rochester’s St. Martin’s earned a 3-2 decision over Jeffery Ngyout of Westside Boxing.

In the open 141 class, Daniel DeJesus’ attempt at stepping up a weight class didn’t go as planned as the 18-year-old Westside Boxing Club fighter dropped a unanimous decision to defending champion Abraham Nova of Albany City Boxing. Rochester’s Wilmont Wood took a 4-1 decision from UB Boxing’s Timi Akeredolu in the 165-pound open final. Albany City Boxing’s Brandon Lynch stopped Erik Rogers of the Northwest Buffalo Community Center via second-round TKO in the main event at super heavyweight.

Buffalo’s Joe Reed (Flare Center Boxing) at 123, Mike Parilla of Syracuse at 108 and Rochester’s Lawrence King at 178 each won their open finals via walkover to earn spots at nationals.

Christopher and Nosewicz took turns hammering each other for the first half of their fight. That’s when it seemed Christopher seemed to jar Nosewicz with a good left, right, left combination. Nosewicz retaliated with a heavy shot of his own, but Christopher shook it off and started dishing out more shots.

“It’s all part of the game,” said Nosewicz. “Sometimes it’s how you take a hit and keep moving forward. That was how I won.”

In the 132-pound open final, at least Ngyout agreed with the split decision as he too didn’t feel he did enough to beat Felton. The same couldn’t be said for their previous fight last year in the state final. Even Felton thought he lost that decision to Ngyout before having his hand raised in victory.

On Saturday night, Ngyout, a 19-year-old full-time student at Buffalo State who also has a part-time job, had the upper hand early in the final round, opening with a nice flurry and then nailing Felton in the temple. However, he couldn’t finish Felton off, opening the door for retaliation. Felton’s best flurry came near the end when he nailed Ngyout with a couple shots that almost knocked him down. Ngyout stayed on his feet, but the finish cost him as he fell to 0-5 lifetime against Felton, a 22-year-old who is a past national quarterfinalist.

“I knew it was close, that’s why I kept punching,” Felton said.

DeJesus lost via unanimous decision to Nova, a past national champion. DeJesus may have bitten off a little more than he could chew but enjoyed stepping up in weight class.

“It’s a pretty tough fight,” said DeJesus, who attends I-Prep/Grover High School. “The weight difference is what really got me.”

The hard-punching Lynch came out swinging in the main event. He clearly hurt Rogers in the second round with a straight shot that caught him flush in the face. After an eight count, Rogers continued but the official stopped it shortly afterward when it was clear he was done.

Buffalo’s Douglas A. Chavers of Flare Center Boxing won the 178-pound sub novice title by second-round knockout over Kenric Duncan.

Other non-open division state champions included Oswego’s Thomas Nitzke (123 sub novice), Liam Grogan from Sweet Science of Buffalo (132 sub novice), Syracuse’s Anthony Baxter (141 sub novice), Buffalo PAL’s Davail Steele (152 sub novice), Elchin Aliyev of Northwest Buffalo Community Center (165 novice) and WNY MMA’s Joe Taylor (201 novice).

Alex Castellano of Victory Gym in North Tonawanda won his match at 125 via decision over Romeo Gaines of Rochester’s St. Martin’s to open the 13-fight card.