Invitational gives GI boxers in Korea a fighting chance
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Officials at Camp Carroll said last weekend’s boxing tournament was so heavily attended that they want to push for a more robust military boxing program peninsulawide.
Camp Carroll, south of here in Waegwan, hosted the 2006 Crown Jewel Invitational boxing smoker Feb. 18 at the installation’s fitness center.
A card that featured 10 bouts and an additional exhibition bout drew between 400 and 500 spectators, Camp Carroll installation manager Wilfred Plumley said.
“I was very, very happy with it,” he said. “And we spoke with the personnel who were here from Area I, II and III, and I think we’ll be able to get something going between all of us to be able to have some type of nice, official boxing match somewhere in Korea at least once a quarter.”
The U.S. Army divides South Korea administratively into four areas — I, II, III and IV — and Carroll is in Area IV, the peninsula’s southern sector.
“I’ve already talked with my guys to coordinate with their Area IV sports director and get them in the loop … and then … get them to work with the other sports directors, especially with Area III,” Plumley said Tuesday. Area III is headquartered at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek.
Plumley said he hoped the sports directors could put together a coordinated program that would mount tournaments on a regular basis bringing together fighters from a variety of installations.
“It is open to any U.S. military personnel,” Plumley said. There is nothing to prevent anybody from the Air Force, Navy or Marines from participating, he added.
“They’re all welcome. The more the better.”
Indeed, on last Saturday’s card were three airmen, two from Kunsan Air Base and one who works at Camp Humphreys.
Carlos Algarin, Camp Carroll’s sport, fitness and aquatics director, said he has already begun discussions with his Area III counterpart about setting up new tournaments.
“We are definitely hoping to do better and bigger things in the near future,” Algarin said.
Following are results of the Army 2006 Crown Jewel Invitational boxing tournament at Camp Carroll in Waegwan, South Korea, held Saturday:
Note: RSC = referee stopped contest.
Light Welterweight (132-140 lbs.): Senior Airman Michael Limiac of Kunsan Air Base, over Spc. Kevin Garcia of Camp Carroll, RSC at 1:25 of the first round.
Middleweight (165-177 lbs.): Spc. Dani Sheninger of Camp Humphreys over Spc. Joseph Franklin of Camp Carroll, RSC at 0:58 of the first round; Staff Sgt. Juan Bruno of Camp Stanley over Sgt. Jason Tealof Camp Carroll. RSC at 0:59 of the first round.
Light Heavyweight (178-200 lbs.): Spc. Darryl Colbourne of Camp Carroll over Senior Airman Anthony Ruy of Kunsan Air Base. RSC at 1:56 of the first round; Staff Sgt. Rene “Lando” Aleman of Camp Stanley over Sgt. Michael Carroll of Camp Carroll, RSC at 1:24 of the second round.
Super Heavyweight (201 lbs. plus): Staff Sgt. Geremy Ganaway over Staff Sgt. Arthur Schuenke, both from Camp Carroll, RSC at 1:00 of the first round; Spc. John Forrester over Sgt. Wesley Cook, both from Camp Carroll, RSC at 0:31 of the third round; Spc. Julio Ramos of Camp Carroll over Senior Airman David Nunez of Camp Humphreys, RSC at 1:03 of the first round; Spc. Ricky Clay of Camp Carroll, over Sgt. Robert Flores of Camp Walker, unanimous decision after three rounds.
1st Lt. Agnes Chu of Camp Humphreys over Sgt. April Tessmer of Camp Carroll, draw.
Spc. Alan Quartey of Camp Walker over Spc. Jason Gonzales, both of Camp Carroll, RSC at 1:20 of the first round. Quartey is reigning 8th U.S. Army heavyweight champion and a recent All-Army Boxing semi-finalist.