BY THE COMMERCIAL STAFF
Redfield is home to a national boxing champion. Actually, a two-time national boxing champion.
Jordan Ogle, 14, won his second straight national Silver Gloves championship this past weekend in Independence, Mo. The Redfield youngster, an eighth-grader at White Hall Middle School, competed in the 201-pound, 14 to 15-year-old group and won two fights to claim the title.
Ogle (20-7) has won 15 of his last 16 fights.
Two young boxers from the St. James United Methodist Boxing Club in Pine Bluff also went to the national Silver Gloves, and one came out a champion. Rhamon Johnson, 13, won his division as an unopposed fighter. His brother Jakari, 9, made it to the semifinal of his division.
On Friday night, Ogle fought Fabian Valentin of Reading, Pa., in a three-round victory by decision. Ogle then beat Cross Beaulieu of Barn, Minn., on Saturday and stopped him in the second round.
“The first fight, (Valentin) was tough because he had a lot of skills,” Ogle said. “I had to wear him out first or second round. The third round, I wore him out because he was out of gas.”
In the latter fight, Ogle delivered right jabs and left hooks with several straight lefts and a couple of uppercuts to the point where the official gave Beaulieu three standing eight-counts in the second round.
“He threw a weird right hand, which made it hard for me to bob and weave around, so I had to stand in there and deliver some punches,” Ogle said.
Ogle also won three Title Nationals championship belts, which are different from Silver Gloves, from 2010-12 and is the 2012 Augusta (Ark.) Days champion.
He trains under coaches Scooter Vance and Corey Williford out of the Elite Boxing Club in Sheridan. His parents are Lou and Robin Ogle of Redfield.