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USA Boxing National Champisonships

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info on May 28, 2009 by admin

The 2009 Hawaii Senior and Junior Olympic Boxing Champions will compete in the USA- Boxing National Championships on June 7-14, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. All boxers are vying for spots on the USA-International Boxing Team. The Hawaii Delegation consists of:

Senior Open Boxers (17-35 yrs old):
106lbs- Garin Rabelliza, 112- Cory Altura-Pescado, 119- Lean Gumboc, 125- Thomas Matias, 132- Conrado Martin, 141- Mike Uemoto, 152- Antone Pereira, 165- Kainoa Oca-Kauhane, 201- John Asi, 201+- Eric Edwards, Females: 101- Colleen Loo, 165- Gardenia Sims, 178+- Natacia Manuma, Team Manager/Regional Coordinator: Bruce Kawano, Coaches: Nante Manangan, and Don Tsarks.

Junior Olympic Boxers (15-16 yrs old):
101- Jonathan Benitez, 106- Dido Rodrigues, 110- Joshua McShane, 114- Emmit Bolibol, 119- Ansen Armitage, 125- Anthony Ibanez, 132- Arnold Dinong, 138- Keanu Sabado, 145- Jonathan Dinong, 176+ Mark Antalan, Females: 114- Sharville DeCastro, 125- Chazzette Sau, 132- Alyssa Kane, 154- Kalynn Talalotu, Team Manager: Don Casil, Coaches: Fred Pereira, and Anthony Pagan, Team Official is Joe Feliciano.

If you have any questions email me at
Thank You For Your Support!!
Bruce Kawano
2009 USA-Boxing Hawaii Team Manager/Regional Coordinator.
Ringside Board of Advisors.
USA-Boxing NMU Task Force Appointed Member.

2009 Hawaii State Champions Crowned

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info on April 26, 2009 by admin

2009 USA-Boxing Hawaii State/Regional Championships
April 24th and 25th
Queen Kapionlani Hotel Ballroom

2009 Hawaii State Champions
Senior Males
106 – Garen Rabellizsa (Waianae Boxing)
112 – Bruno Escalante (East Oahu Boxing)
119 – Lean Gumboc (Central Maui Boxing)
125 – Thomas Matias (Waianae Boxing)
132 – Conrado Martin (AP Boxing)
141 – Mike Umemoto (Waianae Boxing)
152 – Antone Pereira (Waianae Boxing)
163 – Chazz Moleta (Central Maui Boxing)
201 – Jon Asi (Hawaii Youth Boxing)
201+ – Eric Edwards (Waianae Boxing)

Senior Females
101 – Colleen Loo (Honolulu Boxing)
165 – Gardenia Simms (Kawano Boxing)
178 – Natasha Manuma (Kawano Boxing)

Males 15/16 yrs
101 – Jonathan Benitez (Waianae Boxing)
106 – Dido Rodrigues (Waianae Boxing)
110 – Joshua Mcshane (Unnattached)
119 – Ansen-Jordan Westbrook (Waianae Boxing)
125 – Anthony Ibanez (Wailuku Boxing)
132 – Laurence Paelma (Waianae Boxing)
138 – Keanu Sabado (Honolulu Boxing)
145 – Jonathan Dinong (Waianae Boxing)
176+ – Mark Antalan (Pearlside Boxing)

Females 15/16 yrs
114 – Sharville DeCastro (Waianae Boxing)
125 – Chazzette Sau (Southside Boxing)
132 – Ashley Kane (Kawano Boxing)
154 – Kalynn Toilolo (Waianae Boxing)

Males 13/14 yrs
80 – Shayson Soares (Waianae)
85 – Jaron Dias (Waianae Boxing)
90 – Mario Dean (Waianae Boxing)
101 – Devin Manuel (AP Boxing)
106 – Justly Laquihon (Kawano Boxing)
110 – Andrew McCue (East Oahu Boxing)
114 – Rico Pelen-Balecia (Waianae Boxing)
119 – Mason Cornelio (Kawano Boxing)
132 – Arnold Dinong (Waipahu Boxing)
138 – Jason Kaehu-Ledward (East Oahu Boxing)

Female 13/14 yrs
90 – Jada Pereira (Waianae Boxing)
132 – Sharla Kumai-Farrell (East Oahu Boxing)
138 – Autumn Pereira (Waianae Boxing)

Males 11/12 yrs
65 – Kyri Paranada (Wailuku Boxing)
70 – Jaybrio PeBenito (Kalakaua Boxing)
75 – Glenn Austin Ledward Dejesus (East Oahu Boxing)
80 – John Jeric Galdones (Flipside Boxing)? Duplicate Weight ?
85 – Keoni Adric (Waipahu Boxing)
90 – Kekoa Balasi (Waipahu Boxing)
95 – Kaimana Lono (East Oahu Boxing)
110 – Eric Aulea (Hawaii Youth Boxing)
114 – Micah Paraan-Colburn (East Oahu Boxing)
143 – Jeric Antalan (Pearlside Boxing)

Females 11/12 yrs
85 – Kimberley Choe (636 Boxing)

Males 9/10 yrs
50 – Casey Del Rosario (Southside Boxing)
55 – Lennon Sullivan (Pearlside Boxing)
65 – Kaui Tomas (Waianae Boxing)
70 – Logan Yoon (Kalakaua Boxing)
75 – Nainoa Dung (Waianae Boxing)
80 – Kalama Keeno (East Oahu)

Females 9/10 yrs
55 – Kim Choe (636 Boxing)

2009 Hawaii State Championships

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info with tags , , , , , , , on April 20, 2009 by admin

The 2009 Hawaii State/Regional Boxing Championships will be held on April 24th (7 p.m.) and 25th (6 p.m.) at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel Ballroom. It will be the 1st time the Adults (senior, open) and Junior Olympic Tournament will be combined. Winners advance to the USA Combined National Championships on June 6th to 14th in Denver, Colorado. Boxers from Oahu, Big Island, Kauai, and Maui are expected to compete.

Current Nationally Ranked Boxers and Defending Hawaii Champions entering the tournament are:
Chazzette Sau #1,
Bruno Escalante #2,
Joshua McShane #5,
Emmit Bolibol #5,
Keanu Sabado #5,
with Gino Ramos #3 in the Under-19 division.

Defending Champions competing are:
Colleen Loo,
Isaiah Manalo,
Earl Fitts,
Kainoa Oca-Kauhane.

Escalante competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials.

Around 25 bouts are scheduled for each night. Tickets are limited ! and will be $20 for each night, and $5 for 10 and under.

If you have any questions feel free to email me at, or Blane Yoshida at
Thank You For Your Support!!
Bruce Kawano
2009 USA-Boxing Hawaii Team Manager/Regional Coordinator.

1951 territorial boxing champ Gusman dies

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info, Pro Boxing Info with tags , , , on February 14, 2009 by admin

Hawaii Tribune-Herald Staff

Former territorial lightweight and featherweight boxing champion and Big Island native Aladino Gusman died Jan. 21 at Kapi’olani Medical Center on O’ahu, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported today. He was 78.

Gusman was born in Union Mill, Kohala, on the Big Island and retired as an electrician for the state of Hawai’i, Aloha Stadium.

Gusman worked for the Kohala Sugar Co., and in 1951, won the Territorial Amateur Featherweight boxing championship, and followed up the following year by capturing the lightweight title. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and worked at Pearl Harbor Naval Ship Yard Shop 99, where he was awarded the superior accomplishment award for work on the overhaul of the USS Sargo.

According to friends, “Gusman loved his family and his work.” He also coached the Police Activities League boxing team at Halawa Housing.

“In my young days growing up and watching amateur boxing at Hilo Armory, he was my favorite fighter,” said former Tribune-Herald sports writer Andy Baclig. “Pound-per-pound, he was the best and most outstanding amateur boxer I witnessed from the Big Island. Every time they held a boxing card in Hilo, I looked forward to watching Gusman, Dickie Wong, Randolph Kim Seu and George Nakaoka, among others, pack Hilo Armory.”

A funeral Mass was held today at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in ‘Aiea. Burial followed at Mililani Memorial Park.

He is survived by his wife, Grace (Paruginog) Gusman; sons, A. Clarke and Martin (Arlene) Gusman; daughter, Claire Gusman; brothers, Manuel (Rose), Peter, Albert (Fina) and James Gusman; sisters, Rose Hamilton, Shirley (Toto) Santiago and Sylvia (Guy) Guiffria; and two grandchildren.

Local boxing figure KO’d

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info on November 26, 2008 by admin

After more than a decade of defending himself, Ralph Martin has thrown in the towel.
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Martin, the Local Boxing Club’s president the past 13 years, was placed on probation by USA Boxing and removed from the post last month. He says he will not fight it.

“It was really a series of situations that have occurred between our local boxing committee and some if its members,” USA Boxing chief executive officer Jim Millman said.

Millman declined to specify the violations, but Martin has been at war with Hawaii’s other amateur boxing organization, Golden Gloves, for most of his tenure. He is currently in court to hear separate claims against Golden Gloves and Hawaii’s Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs for holding illegal bouts.

“I don’t really want to keep fighting,” Martin said. “There are more important things to worry about than boxing. I am just going to do what I do, maybe open up a club of my own to train the kids. But nobody wants me to be able to leave peacefully.”

The LBC was scheduled to hold its elections this month, but they are on hold until the probation is lifted. Until then, local trainer Blane Yoshida has been named the interim director for the LBC so that it can continue to hold events. Millman said that there is no timetable for an election.

Millman opted for probation rather than suspension so that the LBC could continue holding events. Although local athletes can stay active, one of the state’s most respected coaches can’t. Bruce Kawano, Hawaii Boxing’s Junior Olympic chairman and Martin’s longtime right-hand man, applied to take a USA Boxing team to China but was turned down because of the LBC’s probation. Kawano has made similar trips for USA Boxing annually.

“Bruce is a very competent coach and he was nominated, but we didn’t want anyone from any of our LBCs that are on probation to represent us,” Millman said. “It could have been anyone.”

Like Martin, Kawano will not appeal the probation. Unlike Martin, he plans on staying in the game on the executive level as soon as the probation is lifted. Kawano would be a contender for Martin’s post when elections are held.

“As long as they don’t hurt the kids, I don’t mind,” Kawano said. “I get to take a break for a little while.”

Martin will get no such break. He will be in court on Dec. 16 to try to fend off a fine of $25,000 in one case and has 20 days to answer the state’s Regulated Industries Complaints Office in another. Martin believes he got into this mess by being the only person willing to stand up for his organization. But the time has come for him to fend for himself.

“I told the clubs, I can no longer fight for you people, you will have to stand up for yourselves,” Martin said. “And they have always had a problem doing that, its just the local way like when they register to vote on the last day. It’s up to the clubs to step up and be recognized or they are going to get run over.

“The only thing I am guilty of is trying to help the kids.”

So USA Boxing in Hawaii moves on under new management, which could lead to an annual state championship with all of Hawaii’s fighters represented. Friction between Martin and Carl Phillips of Golden Gloves Hawaii in recent years has forced fighters from one organization not to compete in events held by the other.

Yoshida hopes that with Martin — who has been charged with not allowing fighters from Golden Gloves into his tournaments — out of the way, amateur boxing can return to the way it was in its glory days.

“We just have to push forward,” Yoshida said. “I have asked for the input of respected boxing people like Al Silva of Waipahu and we would like to try to get bigger events and bigger venues to give the kids more opportunities.”

The state Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs filed a suit against USA Boxing Hawaii Association Inc., alleging that USA Boxing did not have an appropriate license at the time it was holding certain events in 2006. This story originally said the suit was against Ralph Martin, who at the time was a representative of USA Boxing in Hawaii. It also said Martin’s license had been suspended by the Hawaii State Boxing Commission. There was no suspension.

Escalante captures boxing title

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info with tags on October 5, 2008 by admin

Bruno Escalante Jr of Waimanalo won the 112-pound weight class of the National PAL Amateur Boxing Tournament in Oxnard California.

USA Boxing Rankings

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info with tags , , on September 11, 2008 by admin

USA-Boxing the National Governing Body of Amateur Boxing has released it’s latest Rankings for 2008, in it’s Magazine Boxing USA.

112lbs- Bruno Escalante of East Oahu Waimanalo is ranked #2, behind Olympian RauShee Warren.

106lbs- Keola McKee of Wailuku B.C. is currently ranked #7.

Female 138lbs Triva Pino from Kawano B.C. is ranked at #5.

We are waiting for the rankings to come out on the National Website
Thank You for Your Time.

Bruce Kawano
USA-Boxing Hawaii Junior Olympic Chairman.
USA-Boxing Hawaii Board of Dir./Gov.
Ringside Board of Advisors.
NMU Task Force Appointed Member.

Boxing athlete overcomes physical challenge to reach goal

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info with tags , , on July 30, 2008 by admin

Koichi Tanji

By Jason Tang

KALIHI (KHNL) – For some athletes, the love of the sport helps them overcome any, and all obstacles.

This is especially true for one boxer who is overcoming both a physical challenge, and the doubt others have cast on him.

His home country of Japan banned in from the competing in the sport.

Not because of something he did, but because of something he was born with.

“He told me he wanted to do amateur boxing, I was kind of skeptical at first, I looked at his hand, and made my doctor give him a physical, so my doctor went to HMC, watched him work out, and the doctor gave me the OK,” said Bruce Kawano, a boxing trainer.

Since getting the green light, Koichi Tanji’s fought in four sanctioned USA-Boxing Matches, and so far he’s undefeated with two knockouts.

“I don’t let any body to decide what I’m going to be, I’m going to decide what I’m going to be,” said Tanji.

Tanji says Japan banned him from competing due to the liability if something were to happen to him.

He hopes his story will also inspire others to overcome their obstacles whatever they may be.

“To me this is natural because I was born like this, so for them to, don’t think like, I’m disability so I can’t,” said Tanji. “Don’t limit that.”

Everyday Tanji trains in the sport he loves, and Kawano says it easy to explain why he’s so motivated.

“He’s like a machine gun, he won’t stop, I think he kind of wants to prove that he can do it, and he’s not going to let his handicap hold him back.”

Tanji wasn’t born with a normal right hand, but he’s making it for up in other areas.

“He has the heart of a champion, and that’s one thing you gotta be born with. You can’t teach that,” said Kawano.

Koichi’s next fight is in Kansas city next week, his parents and sister are flying out from Japan to watch him.

His ultimate goal is to be a professional boxing champion.

Former state wrestling champ now boxing in college

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info on February 1, 2008 by admin

By Robert Collias
The Maui New

Bailey Ball is in Reno, Nev., this morning after arriving on an Air Force transport plane yesterday.

The 2006 Lahainaluna High School graduate and unbeaten state champion wrestler will make his intercollegiate boxing debut today at the El Dorado Casino when he fights for the Air Force Academy at 145 pounds.

Ball is 4-1 against other cadets in bouts on campus, but this fight is a different story — he will face an opponent from either Nevada or California. He has twice been named the Air Force boxer of the week, most recently when he beat junior Sean May by decision at 152 pounds on Jan. 18.

Today’s match sanctioned by the National Collegiate Boxing Association — will go a long way toward giving Ball a chance to represent the Falcons in the NCBA championship tournament in April. Ball is currently No. 2 on the team at 145 pounds, but schools can send only one fighter per weight class to the national meet.

Fighting in a casino will be a little different than using the Upper Boxing Room of the academy’s Cadet Gym.

“I am real excited,” Ball said to The Maui News after Wednesday’s practice. “But I’m a little nervous as well. This will be the biggest crowd I will have fought in front of. It will be a little bit different than the cadets back home. It is not the home crowd anymore.”

With that thought in mind, Ball said he may have to knock out or stop his opponent today to come home a winner. He has two technical knockouts against Air Force foes.

“From what I hear, I need to stop him because Air Force guys don’t get many decisions to go their way,” Ball said.

That Ball is on this path is remarkable in itself. He was 29-0 as a senior at 140 pounds on his way to the 2006 state wrestling title.

“I just started over the summer; it was just something to work out with some of my friends on the team,” Ball said. “It was a good workout at the time and it takes some of the stress out of school.”

When Ball learned that wrestlers did not go home for winter break, he decided that boxing was his new sport.

“That was it — I knew I had to have a winter break,” he said. “I did wrestling for a time, but it took a toll on my grades and I had no free time. Then I was thinking about not going home and it was just way too hard. I was getting homesick.”

Boxing and wrestling share some similarities, Ball said.

“Probably the most helpful thing I bring from wrestling is just the work ethic,” he said. “There are three two-minute rounds; I have got to push myself just like I did in wrestling; and it is pretty close, too, endurance-wise. You are using every part of your body like wrestling.”

Ball first boxed in a physical-education class as a freshman.

“We just took it as a class freshman year and I kind of liked it,” he said. “Then my friends were telling me I should go out for the team, so I gave it a shot.”

His results have surprised even himself.

“I didn’t think I would have been having the success that I am now,” Ball said. “I don’t know if I’m not fighting anybody good or what is going on.”

With the unknown out there today — he said his opponent has already changed twice this week — Ball admitted to being a bit apprehensive.

“I’m nervous that I’m going to spend all my energy getting all psyched up for it,” he said. “So I am going to relax and take it easy and try not to let the crowd get to me. I know I have to end it early.”

During winter break, Ball got a chance to practice with the Lahainaluna wrestling team, and went back to Colorado impressed.

“I think everybody has a good chance on the Lunas,” he said. “We have a bunch of young kids. I went back at Christmastime and rolled around with them and there are a lot of hopefuls in that group. And, of course, there is (defending state champions) Lake (Casco) and Travis (Okano). If the young guys keep practicing with the older guys, they will surprise a lot of people at state.”

Ball said he has thought about mixed martial arts as a next step.

“That would depend on if I had a family or if I had a career going on,” he said. “I don’t know if I had a wife, if she would be down with that, but I wouldn’t mind giving it a try.”

For more Maui news, visit The Maui News.

Alyssa Kane (2007)

Posted in Amateur Boxing Info, Biography, Interview with tags on September 9, 2007 by admin

Alyssa-Lende Kane of Kapolei, Hawaii born December 15, 1993, captured the amateur title of Ringside’s 2007 World Championship in the girls 13-14, 114 pound weight division. At 13 years old, Alyssa-Lende also hold’s the title of 2007 Hawaii State Junior Olympic Champion.

Alyssa-Lende Kane began her amateur boxing career in November 2006, at 12 years old. First training out of Waipahu Boxing Club in Waipahu, Hawaii, Alyssa-Lende credits her love of boxing to legendary trainer Al “Quick” Silva and Coach Armando Blue. Alyssa-Lende currently trains out of Kawano Boxing Club, in Honolulu, HI, with head coach Bruce Kawano.

Capturing state and world titles within nine short months of competing, proves her love of the sport. Alyssa-Lende follows a strict diet and work-out regimen, which includes eating 5-6 low-carb/high protein meals, long distance running, wind sprints, plyo-metrics, volleyball, hula and her boxing training. Alyssa-Lende trains 3-5 times a week to sharpen her boxing skills. Alyssa-Lende continues to work on improving her boxing skills so she can prepare for the 2009 Junior Olympics and ultimately, the possibility of competing in the 2012 Olympics.

Alyssa-Lende is currently an eighth grade student in the Myron B. Thompson Academy in Honolulu, HI, and maintains a 3.5 gpa. Parents David and Alohalani supports Alyssa-Lende’s love of boxing and encourages her to balance her time between school and extra-curricular activities. Alyssa-Lende enjoys participating in her hula halau (Native Hawaiian dancing), volleyball, basketball, community service and church activities. Alyssa-Lende has two younger sisters (Anolani and Anuhea) and a younger brother (Kawika), plus the family Maltese-Shih Tzu dog (Hokule’a).


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