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Boxing: McHale takes derby honours
Published Date: 23 October 2009
By BRIAN DONALD

SOUTH QUEENSFERRY'S Matt McHale imitated his older sibling's winning ways by
beating Craigmillar rival Joe Murray in Dundee last night. McHale, brother of Scottish
junior light-welter champion Chris, smartly outpointed Murray in a local derby bout.
South Queensfery coach Mark Geraghty said: "Young Matt boxed well against a tough
opponent but right now it's all systems go for us as tonight in Cleland."  The club's
Scottish junior bantamweight champion, Stuart Blackie, will fight a return bout with
Cleland's Mark Parvin, who he beat by 6-5 points to win the Scottish title earlier this
year. Parvin subsequently won a British title at Portobello in June and is eager to prove
that his loss against southpaw star Blackie in the Scottish at Lasswade was a one-off.
Also on tonight's Lanarkshire bill, light-flyweight Liam Tervit aims to keep his unbeaten
record by defeating Cambuskenneth's Jordan McShane, while light- welterweight Owen
Spence faces Cleland's Mike Rington. In the USA tonight, Leith Victoria's Scottish
heavyweight champion Steve Simmons goes head-to-head with America's new No.1
amateur heavyweight Jordan Shimmel.
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Here are photos of Dennis Shimmell Jr, Dennis Shimmell Sr, Jordan Shimmell and Stacy
Harrington with Evander "The Real Deal" Holyfield.   Evander as you probably know
was a bronze medalist in the 1984 Olympics, a World Cruiserweight Champ, and a
four-time World Heavyweight Champ.  
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Here is a photo of Jordan Shimmell with his opponent Great Britain's #1
heavyweight, Steven Simmons and a photo of Stacy Harrington with his
opponent Great Britain's #2 heavyweight, Wadi Camacho.  The boxers square
off Saturday, October 24, 2009 at the Chaifetz Arena at St. Louis University.
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Date: Sunday, October 25, 2009, 1:32 AM
Team USA lost 4-7 to Great Britain.

Jordan Shimmell lost to GB's #1 Stephen Simmons by a score of 5-3.
Stacy Harrington lost to GB's #2 Wadi Camacho by RSC-2.
World Champioships silver medalist Frankie Gomez defeated GB's Scott Cardle
on a tie-breaker with the score tied at 9-9 at the end of the bout.

The scoring of the bouts were lower than normal because they were using
computer scoring, but with only 3 judges not the normal 5 judges.

112# Stephon Young defeated GB's #2
112# Adan Ortiz lost to GB's #1
119 - GB won
125 - Jerren Cochran lost by RSC
132 - Duran Caffero lost on points
141 - Frankie Gomez won
152 - Eddie Alecia won on points
165 - Terrell Gausha won on points
201 - Jordan and Stacy both lost
201+ - Javier Torres lost on points
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Simmons shines with win over Shimmel in St Louis
Published Date: 26 October 2009
By BRIAN DONALD

LEITH VICTORIA'S Scottish heavyweight champion Steve Simmons grabbed
international boxing glory in St Louis, Missouri, by outpointing the No.1
American heavyweight Jordan Shimmel 5-3. After a bout which Simmons
described as "one of my toughest ever fights", the American – who won the US
amateur championships this year at the age of 20 – admitted to him that the
Scot was much better than he had figured he would be, which Simmo  "I kept
my guard nice and tight and caught him coming forward with jabs and stiff right
hands – I also roughed Shimmel up inside in the clinches," he explained. "Now
it's on to Des Moines, Iowa, on 30 October where I will clash with another top
American heavyweight." British team coach Kelvyn Travis praised Simmons'
performance. "It might have surprised some people in the USA but Simmons'
victory didn't surprise me as I've seen the dedication he poured into his prep for
this bout." Elsewhere, South Queensferry's Scottish youth light-welterweight
champion Chris McHale faces a re-run of his fight with Carl Robbins on
Thursday. McHale impressively outscored the Carlisle boxer at Ardrossan on
Saturday but Robbins' representatives were unhappy with the result so
Queensferry coach Mark Geraghty agreed an immediate return bout, this time in
Carlisle. "We're confident that McHale will repeat his Ardrossan win," said the
coach after his fighter won the "Best Boxer of the Tournament" award.
Meanwhile, Craig McEwan has flown into Quebec to act as leading southpaw
sparring partner for Canadian IBF supermiddleweight challenger Librado
Andrade, who clashes on 28 November in Montreal with defending champion
Lucian Bute. Edinburgh middleweight McEwan, unbeaten in 15 pro fights in the
United States, said: "Sparring with a world-rated boxer like Andrade can only
help me get nearer to a world title bid of my own in the near future.
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Down for the count
USA Boxing looks to TKO competition at
Wells Fargo Arena next week
By Matt “It’s MillerTime” Miller
Oct. 29, 2009

Jesus Magdaleno and Jordan Shimmel know what its like to be at the top.
Both are ranked No. 1 in their respected weight divisions of USA Boxing but
are coming off bitter defeats last month in the 2009 AIBA World
Championships in Milan, Italy. Each believes they still have something to
prove in their quest for greatness. They get that chance at the USA Boxing
vs. Great Britain on Oct. 30 at Wells Fargo Arena. “Being at the top of the
rankings feels good, but that means I have to work and train that much
harder because guys are gunning to knock me off,” said Magdaleno, the 17-
year-old Las Vegas native wrestler at the bantamweight (119 lbs.) category
of the senior men’s division. “I feel the pressure of being the best, but as
long as I keep my head right, I think I’ll be on top for a while.” The stop to
Wells Fargo Arena will be one of three duels pitting Team USA vs. Great
Britain. A duel was held Oct. 16 in Norfolk, Va., and another duel will be held
Saturday, Oct. 24, in St. Louis, Mo., before arriving in Des Moines. Magdeleno’
s teammate, Jordan Shimmel, has a similar attitude when it comes to
performing at a high performance. “I can’t control what others are doing in
the rankings; I can only control myself and work on improving my boxing,”
said Shimmel who is ranked No. 1 in the 201 lbs. division. “Everyone below
me is trying to beat me, so I have to be at my best to keep the top spot.”
Magdaleno and Shimmel’s ride to the top of the rankings hasn’t been easy.
Magdaleno began boxing at the ripe age of 11; Shimmel began at 12.
Magdaleno is following in the footsteps of his brother, Diego Magdaleno,
who was ranked No. 1 at 132 lbs. in 2006. Boxing is a family affair for the
Shimmel family — Jordan’s younger brother and grandfather also boxed.
Shimmel’s father, Dennis Shimmel Jr., was an amateur boxer and is
currently his coach. “I’ve grown up around boxing all my life, so this isn’t
anything new for me,” Magdaleno said. “My brother has been a big role
model for me and from that I want to create my own legacy.” Magdaleno and
Shimmel attribute their youth to a majority of their success. Each trains
throughout the week, running up to eight miles a day, participating in
strength and conditioning workouts and lifting weights. Both must maintain
an optimum body weight to compete in their respected weight divisions.
“Being young is definitely an advantage for me,” Shimmel, 21, said. “My
speed, power and mentality are my strengths. I want to wear down my
opponents as the rounds go on.” At such young ages, Magdaleno and
Shimmel have boxed in numerous venues, visited different cultures while
exploring the globe. While they say their experiences are once-in-a-lifetime,
each enjoys competing in America. “We’re very excited to fight back home,”
Shimmel said. “It gives our family the opportunity to see us, too. It’s nice to
be on our own turf.” Magdaleno agrees. “I love representing Team USA in
boxing,” he said. “To represent your country is a great honor, and fans can
expect a lot of excitement and energy when we come to Iowa.”