The main event on this boxing card will have a different look from some of the professional shows that have been in the area.
Leo Ibarra will be in the final bout when the Spartan Boxing Gym hosts the Oregon Silver Gloves Championships at The Schoolhaus Brewhaus in Jacksonville Saturday.
Ibarra is 8 years old and weighs 45 pounds.
“He’s been boxing with me since he was 4 years old, and he finally turned 8,” says Troy Wohosky, the Spartans executive director and head coach.
Silver Gloves boxing is for 8- to 14-year-olds.
“He’s like a slickster,” says Wohosky, who is bringing the Silver Gloves back to Medford for the first time since the early 2000s, or about the time he came through the Bulldog Boxing program. “He’s so slick in there and his movement is just amazing. His combinations, he looks like an adult. You guys gotta see this kid; he’s amazing.”
Tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 (which includes a beer) for adults, but they won’t be sold at the door. They can be purchased at Spartan Boxing, 729 Welch St.; Hawaiian Hut and online at spartanboxing.yapsody.com.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first of about 15 bouts is at 6 p.m. There also will be match fights for older boxers.
Unlike professional cards, in which the lightest fighters often go early, Wohosky chose to mix it up for his show.
Spartan Boxing is a nonprofit and has an active and burgeoning youth program.
“It’s always for the kids,” says Wohosky, who made it as far as the Olympic Trials in his amateur career and has a handful of professional fights under his belt. “I do mine backwards because it’s all for the kids, and I’ve got a kids program. They’re so exciting and have a lot of determination. There’s just so many punches and movement. It’s a good show.”
Three Spartan boxers who placed at nationals last year will be on the card this weekend.
Malaya Wohosky, Troy’s daughter, placed second in the girls 11-12-year-old, 75-pound division. Only one other Oregon boxer finished higher.
Uriel Ibarra was fifth in the boys 11-12, 65-pound bracket, and Cole Burkhart was eighth in the boys 13-14, 80-pound class.
“These are good, elite kids who have been boxing for a long time,” says Wohosky of the field.
Wohosky started Spartan Boxing in 2012. There’s an old pair of gloves hanging on a wall with other memorabilia denoting his runner-up showing at the Silver Gloves nationals in 1999. Local fighters Boone Wyatt and Mike Wilson were also second that year.
Wohosky was also a silver medalist the following year and later fought for Team USA and competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials. His amateur record was 87-17 with 20 knockouts.
A super lightweight, his pro record is 4-2 with one knockout.
“My Silver Gloves days, it was a lot of prepping and a lot of hard work before the fights,” he says. “But at the end, when you’re in there, all your work ethic will show, and it’s great to be able to show your skills in front of your family and friends.”
The the winners Saturday advance to regionals in Boise, Idaho. From there, it’s on to nationals in late January at a site to be announced.
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