Local boxer wins Junior Olympics championship

Keyshawn Davis after winning the Regional Boxing Championships in Wilmington, NC, January 2012 (Photo courtesy http://norfolkva.webdatapro.com/)
Keyshawn Davis after winning the Regional Boxing Championships in Wilmington, NC, January 2012 (Photo courtesy http://norfolkva.webdatapro.com/)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Norfolk ninth grader has a new title: 2014 USA Boxing Junior Olympics Champion.

Keyshawn Davis took home the top prize in the pinweight division at the competition last week in Charleston, West Virginia. According to the Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space, Davis traveled there with part of a team from the Norfolk Boxing Club, where local boxer Nick Sullivan also competed, but was eliminated in the first round.

Nick Sullivan after winning the Regional Boxing Championships in Wilmington, NC, January 2012 (Photo courtesy http://norfolkva.webdatapro.com/)
Nick Sullivan after winning the Regional Boxing Championships in Wilmington, NC, January 2012 (Photo courtesy http://norfolkva.webdatapro.com/)

Team Norfolk and US Olympic Boxing Coach Gloria Peek stated, “I am so proud of both Keyshawn and Nick. Every tournament is important, but a win at the open championship provides the opportunity to compete on the international level. Although they do not meet the age requirements for the 2016 Olympics, the opportunity to take part in international competitions would put them one step closer to competing in 2020. A goal of mine is for one of our boxers to make the Olympic team. Nick and Keyshawn might just be the ones to do it.”

Davis took the national title with a unanimous decision win over Derry Edwards from Vacaville, Ca.

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