Tyrese Cormier leads trio of local boxers to Silver Gloves competition

CROWLEY – After losing to Jody Gauthier twice early in his boxing career, Crowley Kiwanis boxer Tyrese Cormier was more than eager for a rematch.

Cormier got that rematch recently and made the best of the opportunity, defeating the 4-time national champion by way of a 2-1 decision at the Louisiana/Mississippi Silver Gloves Tournament.

“It felt good that I beat him for the first time,” said Cormier, who sports an 18-8 record after winning his last eight fights. “I was confident going into the fight and I would like to fight him again.”

Cormier’s accomplishment is a tall feat considering that Gauthier was named the Junior Olympic Boxer of the Year, Mr. Louisiana Boxer of the Year and Junior Olympic Outstanding Junior Division Boxer of the Year at the 2009 Southern Boxing Association awards banquet earlier in the day.

Cormier claimed the overall championship in the 65-pound weight class with the victory and also earned a trip to compete at the Region 6 Silver Gloves Championships in North Little Rock, Arkansas beginning Thursday.

Cormier will be joined at the Region Championships by fellow Crowley Kiwanis boxers Floyd Baker Jr. and Jamaurick Robinson. Baker advanced uncontested in the 132-pound weight class while Robinson defeated his opponent in the 80-pound division finals.

Crowley’s Luke Duhon fell just short of making the trip when he was defeated in a close bout in the 8-9 year old, 65-pound division.

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