Originally created 06/20/03

Inaugural event gets 115 boxers



Augusta's Martin Murray made short work of Manuel Garcia at the first Augusta Summer Boxing Classic held at May Park.

Murray, the smallest boxer from Augusta Boxing Club, has been sparring with boxers ranging anywhere from 15 pounds to 30 pounds heavier than him to train for his fights.

"When you look at kids like this it's hard to judge their future 'cause they're so young, but this kid's heart and discipline is outstanding," trainer Tom Moraetes said. "I think he has great potential."

Moraetes started this program with more than one objective on his mind. He hopes it will bring an estimated $300,000 to $400,000 to the city of Augusta.

Moraetes said Thursday he didn't expect to have the kind of turnout he did. Four Augusta hotels were booked with 115 boxers and their family members from 38 states - from California and Washington to Florida. He said he hopes that next year he will have more than 300 boxers participating and thinks summer is the perfect time to hold the tournament.

"It's the middle of the season, and most these boxers are too good for their home state club tournament and can't find anyone to compete against them, so we put this together to give them a chance to compete," Moraetes said.

For other boxers, it's just fun.

Each division winner will get a championship belt and other prizes. Some of the boxers competing were dwarfed by the size of the belts they received.

"We think its a great opportunity for these kids to just come and have fun and do what they do best," Moraetes said.

Augusta Boxing Club's Terry Roscoe will be the feature bout on Saturday's card. Roscoe will face William Ware in the 132-pound class.

Roscoe, 16, is 6-feet-2-inches tall and has a bright future according to Moraetes, who already has compared Roscoe to another Augusta boxer, Ray Whitfield.

Whitfield is ranked No. 1 in the light flyweight division, according to USA Boxing.