The 46th annual Ohio State Fair National Amateur Boxing Tournament ended Saturday with top accolades going to the Zanesville Police Athletic League team.
Zakery Rollins won the men’s open division at 141 pounds by defeating Juan Jones, of Akron, in the finals. Both fighters came out sharp — firing and countering in what looked to be an even bout. Rollins started to turn it up late in the second round, and the Zanesville southpaw was able to power punch the body and head with multiple right hooks.
Rollins, 16, was placed in the open men’s division because of new USA Boxing rules. Saturday’s win marked Rollins’ third championship at the fair’s tournament.
Akeem Mayle defeated Alex Jerrells, of Whitehall, in the finals to win the boys’ senior division at 154 pounds. It was all Mayle from the start, as the No. 2 nationally-ranked boxer tore into Jerrells with combinations to get an early eight-count. Jerrells fought back, but by the third round the referee was forced to stop the bout.
Andrew Weaver fell short in his final against Gage Campbell, of Wauseon, in the boys’ senior division at 125 pounds. The match was close from the start, with Weaver making a late charge in the third before losing on a close decision.
Keith Moser lost in the finals of the boys’ senior 201-plus pounds division against Hunter Matthews, of Pittsburgh. The match was close, but Moser couldn’t score enough to convince the judges.
Travis Jerig, Shyrone Draughn and Jerry Dyer all lost their semifinal bouts in the men’s division, while D’Angelo Miree lost his semifinal in men’s novice. Michael Chambers lost in his semifinal in the intermediate division.
Unopposed champions for Zanesville included Zack Roush and Trey Toledo in the boys’ senior division.
Zanesville won the overall team championship for the open men’s division. Six members of the team advanced to the Ringside World Championship tournament in Kansas City, which began Monday and runs through Saturday.
More than 1,500 fighters were expected to compete in the tournament.