Local boxer qualifies for Golden Gloves nationals

REDMOND — Rafael Valencia of Medford's Spartan Boxing qualified for the Golden Gloves national tournament with a senior division-clinching victory over Alberto Rivas at the Oregon Gold Gloves Tournament Saturday at Eagle Crest Resort.

The national event will be held next month in Las Vegas, and Valencia, 21, will be competing in the division for boxers older than 18.

Also representing Spartan Boxing, Chance Costanzo, 10, beat Pablo Ibarra in a three-round decision in the 80-pound division, and Hector Alvarez, 20, lost a hard-fought split decision to Abel Carranca in a 135-pound bout.

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