Category: Boxing

District 205’s top 20 moments/milestones of 2018

Lists are always a popular thing to compile and publish at the end of the year. It’s easy to forget the day-to-day triumphs as the weeks go by. Every day, Rockford Public Schools athletes are getting up early and dedicating themselves to getting better. You can see it by the progress on the field and […]

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Final thank you to Celene Morris, Angel Martinez

The Rockford Sports Coalition would like to thank Celene Morris of Guilford and Angel Martinez Auburn for their historic high school careers. Back on May 21 at the Coronado Theater, Morris and Martinez were named the male and female Academic All-Stars for 2017-2018. Morris was a three-time All-NIC-10 volleyball player, including MVP as a junior, […]

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Auburn has special graduation for champion boxer

ROCKFORD – Angel Martinez couldn’t attend his Auburn graduation ceremony this past week because he was in Colorado Springs building what he hopes is an Olympic boxing resume. So Auburn held a special graduation ceremony just for him on Tuesday. About 100 people attended the ceremony where Martinez, 18, was presented with several awards, including […]

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Auburn’s Martinez wins national boxing award

Auburn senior Angel Martinez was named one of the best amateur boxers of the year for 2017. Martinez was one of six fighters to receive Under Armour’s 2017 Boxer of the Year Award. It’s the second year Under Armour and USA Boxing collaborated to name the top male and female amateur fighters. The honors were announced […]

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Auburn’s Martinez makes Sports Illustrated

Angel Martinez, the Rockford Auburn senior who is an Olympic boxing hopeful, will be in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd in this week’s publication. Martinez won the USA Boxing 108-pound Youth title for 17-18-year-olds in December. It was his sixth national tournament title, which includes a men’s Golden Gloves championship. His latest victory qualified […]

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Two RPS grads make Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame

Pat “The Cat” Coleman, a Rockford East graduate, and Auburn’s Kenny “The Candy Man” Gould have been named to the 2017 class for the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame. The Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame was established in 2015 as an offshoot from the Illinois Martial Arts Hall of Fame. The third class will be […]

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Keep up with Auburn boxer’s excellent German adventure

Auburn senior Angel Martinez is in Germany as part of Team USA in an international boxing tournament that runs from Aug. 1 through Aug. 5. Martinez is documenting his experiences in a blog for the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. It’s been a big year for the most decorated Rockford amateur since Kenny Gould […]

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Auburn senior adds another impressive boxing title

Rockford Auburn’s Angel Martinez added a Junior Olympics title to his growing array of medals. Martinez won a USA Boxing National Championship back in December in Kansas City then followed it up with a National Golden Gloves title in Lafayette, Louisiana, in May. This past weekend, he was in Charleston, South Carolina, for the 2017 […]

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Happy 50th birthday, champ

Rockford Auburn graduate, Kenny Gould, is celebrating his 50th birthday today. Gould is the last Rockford School District athlete to win an Olympic medal. The left-handed boxer won a bronze medal in 148-pound division of the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. In a storied amateur career, he compiled a 291-24 record, including winning a world title […]

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Auburn’s Martinez wins Golden Gloves title

Auburn senior Angel Martinez dominated four boxers over the weekend in Lafayette, Louisiana, to win the Golden Gloves 108-pound title. It’s a landmark victory for the 17-year-old. He is the first Golden Gloves champion since Kenny Gould in 1987. Gould, an Auburn graduate, went on to win a bronze medal in the 1988 Olympics and […]

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