With a chance to go to the nationals on the line, fighters at the East Coast Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament pulled out all the punches Saturday night.
Eleven-year-old Yon Harvison, who recently moved from McAlester, Okla., to train in Augusta, defeated Ormario Robinson of Woodridge, Va., in a three-round decision in the 60 pound weight class for 10- and 11-year-olds.
"I was kind of scared in the first and second round because I felt I was losing," Harivson said. "The third round I tried my best, and somehow I won.
"I'm so excited; I can't wait," Harvison said of making the National Silver Gloves in Kansas. "Hopefully I will do good there, too."
Director of the Augusta Boxing Club and Harvison's coach, Tom Moraetes, said he was pleased with Harvison's showing.
"Yon fought a good fight," Moraetes said. "He wasn't as aggressive as he probably could have been, but he was a little stronger than the other kid, so he didn't need to be. The best punch of the night was his hook."
All of Saturday's winners earned a trip to the National Silver Gloves in Lenexa, Kan., on Feb. 1-3.
Javier Quinones of Miami defeated Aiken's James Coates in the 70 pound weight class for 10- and 11-year-olds, also in a three-round decision.
Also, Augustan Ben Leverette lost to Abraham Alvanezosuna of Charlotte, N.C., in the 106 pound weight class for 12- and 13-year-olds.
The tournament at the Boys Club of Augusta drew more than 100 youth boxers, including five from Florida who all advanced to nationals.
"This was the first year we were able to come, and we were very pleased," said Richard Martin, the trainer for Hunter Sundberg of Coral Springs, Fla. "Everything has been run very professional, and we couldn't have asked for a better show."
"With these kids and their coaches, this has been the most rewarding tournament," Moraetes said. "We had more boxers this year and everyone was happy. I can't see why we won't have the tournament he next year."
Champions that were unopposed over the weekend include the Augusta Boxing Club's Brittany Harvison (12-13, 90 pounds), Ashley Ardis (10-11, 90 pounds), Tyler Walls (12-13, 139 pounds), North Augusta's Christopher Newman (14-15, 75 pounds) and Cordairo Salley (12-13, 201-plus) and Elon Delancy (14-15, 90 pounds) both of Aiken.
Reach Miguelangelo Hernandez at (706) 823-3304.