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|Add Frank Martin's name to Indiana's
The brawny 21-year-old man from Indianapolis placed
his name in the history books Saturday night in Salt Lakle City with a skillful
performance that earned him the 141-pound championship in the Golden Gloves
Tournament of Champions.
who had to win four grueling bouts in four nights, won the title with a 3-2
decision over Vergil Ortiz of Texas. In the process, he knocked Ortiz down in
the opening round with a smashing head blow.
The victory brought
Indiana it's first national champion since Darnell Wilson of Lafayette won the
156-pound title in 1993. The last Golden Gloves kingpin from Indianapolis was
156-pound Ronnie Essett in 1984. Four other Indianapolis boxers have won
national crowns -- Marvin Johnson (1971-72), Sammy NeSmith (1971), Norman Goins
(1970) and Eddie Beauford (1969).
Martin, a semifinalist in the 2015
Gloves tourney, fights for the Indy Boxing and Grappling Club, operated by
Indianapolis policeman Pat McPherson. Martin's personal coach is Ike Boyd.
the national Gloves title has been Martin's goal since he came so close a year
ago. "I knew it would be a long, difficult process," said Martin, who
won two other national tournaments last year. "I also knew that patience
was a key to winning and I was patient all week."