Twin Falls boxer wins national competition
A local boxer just achieved one of the ultimate goals. Kendra Reeves won the National Golden Gloves Tournament earlier this month in Ralston, Nebraska.
“Oh man, it was crazy, probably the biggest tournament we've been to so far.”
Three fights, three wins for Kendra Reeves at the National Golden Gloves Tournament.
In her first fight, she knocked the woman out. The second one went two rounds. And finally, the biggest test of them all, No.1 ranked Stephanie Malone, a member of Team USA. "We went all three rounds on that fight," Reeves explained.
The come from behind effort secured the victory for the 24–year old.
She said, "I won on points, it was a split decision, 4–1. In the first round, I had two standing eight counts, so I was losing the fight."
Then her fiance asked her a simple question. "What are you doing?"
She came out determined. Reeves exclaimed, "and just came out and fought with everything I had and took the two next rounds."
Reeves has a belt, scholarship money and a ring as a result. But she also made history.
"It was also the first time that females and males were allowed to compete on the same stage," Reeves stated.
And the first Idahoan since 1997 (Cleveland Corder) to win the national championship.
Reeves leaves for the Roy Jones tournament next week in Las Vegas.
Then in October she heads to Tennessee for the Team U.S.A. Boxing qualifier. She'll have to place first or second in order to compete for a spot on the national team in December's tournament.