Jamaal Gregory of Charlotte isn’t shy about his expectations as an amateur boxer.
Gregory, 20, won the N.C. Golden Gloves’ 152-pound Open Division championship Saturday at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center with a decision against Lavonte Early. Afterward, he made a pledge to sweep the competition.
“I’m winning state, regional and national this year, and that’s a promise,” Gregory said. “It’s not a threat, it’s not bragging. It’s a promise. I conquered this, now it’s on to regionals.”
He did his part against Early, scoring a knockdown in the first round with a left, then showing his lateral quickness and speed to land combinations and jabs. In the third, Early turned aggressor, but Gregory turned the tables with the bout’s best punch, a straight right that staggered Early and sent his mouthpiece flying to the canvas.
“I never meant to hurt him,” Gregory said. “Whatever I see, I take, and it landed and it got the job done. It hurt hi, and it did what it was supposed to do.”
Dazme Woods of Charlotte also earned a ticket to the regional tournament in Knoxville, Tenn., by scoring a technical knockout against Kendrick Montgomery of Charlotte in the 178-pound final. Woods scored two standing-eight counts in the first two rounds, then brought the bout to a close with a powerful right to Montgomery’s head to force a stoppage.
“It feels great,” said Woods, who also earned a technical knockout against Kennan Nesbitt of Tryon in the semifinals Friday. “It was quite challenging. He was the same height as me, so I had to stick to my jab, and once I started running my jab, it got easy. I just had to stick to the plan and stay disciplined.”
Dwayne Beamon of Goldsboro moved up a weight class for better competition and wound up with the 132-pound trophy after posting a decision against Nickolas Wood of Charlotte.
“I’ve got to give thanks to Nick because it’s hard to get me fights,” said Beamon, who normally boxes at 123 pounds. “He actually stood there and fought, and he lasted all three rounds.
“I wanted that tune-up; that experience. I love the fact that the bigger guys can’t hurt me, either.”
132: Dewayne Beamon (Goldsboro) dec. Nickolas Wood (Charlotte)
152: Jamaal Gregory (Charlotte) dec. Lavonte Early (Charlotte)
178: Dazme Woods (Charlotte) TKO Kendrick Montgomery (Charlotte)
141: Jessica Bass (Durham) dec. Amber Epps (Raleigh)
123: Shannon Hawkins (Charlotte) d. Jaime Enciso (Hickory)
132: Steven Massey (Charlotte) d. Kamau Robinson (Charlotte)
132: Marklin Bailey (Durham) TKO Marcus Begley (Black Mountain)
141: Jorge Oquendo (Fayetteville) dec. Bryant Strother (Charlotte)
141: Da’Hyde Goodwin (Rockingham) dec. Jeremy Funderburk (Charlotte)
152: Christopher Dawkins (Concord) dec. Michael Diaz (Fayetteville)
152: Michael Tedder (Fayetteville) dec. Christian Petrangeli (Wilmington)
165: Calvin Dickerson (Concord) dec. Kody Fowler (Wilmington)
165: Jacob Dillard (Miller Creek) TKO David Perez (Asheboro)