Clipped From The Decatur Daily Review
1 " rriy&r frhf riiA 1 1 ' : C' ;-Vd f X- " : fel Golden Gloves hopefuls Heavyweight Dave Bleavins holds the punching bag for Eddie Freeman while others members of the Decatur Boxing Club look on. Behind Freeman are Stan Fonville. Johnny Gonzales and Chuck Korne- wald. Seated left to right are Les Wallace and Dave City boxers are prime in Springfield Golden Bodine. The Decatur team also includews Marlon Thomas. The boxers, under the direction of Coach Terry Maxey, will be competing in the Springfield Golden Gloves tourney March 1-2. (Photo by Doug Gaumon) threa t Gloves but lead -It 58-56 14 the we of (4-7 a It's Golden Gloves time in Illinois and that means the busy season for Terry Maxey and his stable of young Decatur boxers. Competition for Terry's crew of eight opens at the new Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield March 1-2 and if past performances mean anything, the Decatur fighters are expected to do well. "We've got a hard-working bunch of kids," said Maxey. "And that includes the people who work with me three nights a week as assistant coaches." The star of the Decatur stable is Dave Bleavins, who has moved up from the light heavyweight class to heavyweight. Bleavins is a three-year veteran of Golden Gloves competition. He won the light heavyweight title as a novice and the Open light heavyweight crown. Bleavins was a member of the Illinois Golden Gloves team that traveled to New Mexico last year. The trip was unfortunate for Bleavins, who broke his hand after winning his semifinal bout. In three years of competition, Bleavins has lost only once. The defeat came in the Senior Olympics to Randy Smith, then ranked third in the nation. "Dave's greatest test will be in this year's Golden Gloves," said Maxey. "He will be fighting as a heavyweight and will probably run into William Hosea, the top-ranked boxer in Illinois." For Bleavins it will be just another challenge. He has the experience to go up against anyone in the amateur ranks. He fought as a member of the United States team last year against the Russians and has been named the outstanding boxer several times on amateur cards. If there was any question about Bleavins moving into the heavyweight class, he resolved the issue Wednesday night Mac McGee Sportswriter in Chicago. Bleavins beat highly-regarded Charles Dean on a technical knockout when Dean was unable to answer the bell in the second round. Hosea remains the boxer Bleavins must whip. If he does, look for the state's No. 2 ranked fighter to turn pro in 1981. Bleavins will be fighting in the open division of the Springfield Golden Gloves tournament and will be joined by Decatur novice boxers John Gonzales, middleweight; Les Wallace, welterweight; Marlon Thomas, light heavyweight; Eddie Freeman, light heavyweight; David Bodine, 139-pound class and Stanford Fonville, competing for the Decatur Boxing Club for the first time as a heavyweight. Chuck Kornewald Jr. also is on the Decatur squad and will be making his first boxing start. Kornewald is a 147-pounder. Gonzales owns a 2-2 record and Maxey feels he has a good chance to w in the novice title, along with Wallace, unbeaten in four matches. "Wallace is a very hard worker," said Maxey. "I feel he has an excellent chance of winning the welterweight title at Springfield." Thomas has lost only once in five bouts as a light heavyweight and Freeman owns a 2-2 record. Both boxers rate a shot at a novice title from Maxey. Bodine is a veteran in the 139-pound class and has won several novice division titles in 32 bouts. Dave w ill be moving up from Silver Gloves competition where he was second runnerup in the Nationals last year. The Decatur contingent is a formidable one, but the real "champ" may be Maxey, who somehow keeps the Decatur Boxing Club intact.' He w ill deny such a role and is quick to credit his assistants Ralph Bleavins, Eugene Sloan, Steve Gensler, Bill Carter and George Eubanks with much of the team's success. "They're a great bunch," said Maxey. "The help I need comes from them." Maxey also welcomes anyone interested in boxing to come watch his crew work out on any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evening at the gymnasium in Webster-Cantrell Hall. Maxey doesn't make a big deal out of it, but donations are also gratefully accepted to help the club pay for meals and transportation. There will be 11 champions crowned at the Springfield Golden Gloves tourney. They will go on to represent Illinois in the National tournament to be held in Shreveport, La., the last week in March. The boxing will begin at 7 p.m. March 1 at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center and the championship matches will start at 6 p.m., March 2. Admission is $5 at ringside and S4 for mezzanine seats. All seats will be reserved and advance tickets can be obtained by writing to Tom Margodent-Tickets, Prairie Capitol Convention Center, 7th and Adams streets, Spring field, II., 62701.