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Palac Wins Golden Gloves Title

May 7, 2000

DETROIT (AP) _ Hometown favorite Arthur Palac won his second straight national Golden Gloves title Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Palac, from Detroit, won a decision over Terrance Johnson of Pennsylvania to win the 178-pound championship. Palac won the 165-pound title last year in Syracuse, N.Y.

This was the first time the national finals were held in Joe Louis Arena, named for the former heavyweight champion who was a Golden Gloves champion.

Michigan’s Tyronne Harris dominated California’s David Rodela throughout the 125-pound championship.

Rodela’s nose was bloodied in the first round, and, although the referee wiped it throughout the rest of the fight, the bout went the distance.

California’s Jose Aguiniga and Pennsylvania’s Carney Bowman were evenly matched in the 118-pound final until the last round, when Aguiniga took control by landing several shots to Bowman’s head and body.

Rashiem Jefferson of Pennsylvania, the runner-up at 106 pounds last year, dominated Cleveland’s Mickey Bey to win the 112-pound crown.

Pennsylvania’s Anthony Thompson had the night’s only knockdown when he put Rondale Mason of Colorado-New Mexico on the canvas in the 147-pound final bout.

In other bouts: Ron Siler of Ohio defeated Raul Martinez of Texas for the 106-pound title; Urbano Antillon of California beat Anthony Mora of Colorado/New Mexico at 132; and Tennessee’s Jesse Byers took the 139-pound title over Texas’ Oscar Diaz.

Also, Sechew Powell of Wisconsin beat Dorian Beaupierre of New Jersey in the 156-pound championship; Wisconsin’s Eric Kelly beat La Juan Simon of Pennsylvania at 165; heavyweight Devin Vargas of Ohio beat Rydell Booker of Iowa; and Steve Vukosa of New England won the super heavyweight title over David Long of Ohio.

Finalists in all four divisions fought for four rounds of two minutes each.

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