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Chicago boxer Alex Martin has won the 2012 USA Boxing Welterweight (152 pounds) Silver Medal. Martin lost to Patrick Day of Freeport, NY 24-16 in the championship bout Saturday at the Special Events Center in Fort Carson, Colorado.
"I didn't fight my fight today; I wasn't quite myself in there, but I am proud to bring a medal back to Chicago," said Martin.
Martin defeated Tyler Canning of Casper, WY 24-9, Johnathan Steele of Duncanville, TX 19-10, Mark Hernandez of Fresno, CA 17-7 and then David Grayton of Washington DC 24-14 in the semi-final to advance to the championship bout against Day.
Martin, 21, was the 2011 National Golden Gloves 152-pound runner-up, the 2011 Chicago Golden Gloves 152-pound champion and received the 2011 Chicago Golden Gloves "Best Boxer Award."
He was also the 2010 USA Boxing Welterweight Silver Medalist and won the 2009 National Police Athletic League 152-pound National Championship.
Martin has international experience having represented the U.S. in dual competitions versus Mexico in April 2011, China in October 2010 (in New York) and Italy in March (in Assisi and Rome, Italy) & September 2010.
Martin now plans to defend his Chicago Golden Gloves championship this spring, compete in the National Golden Gloves in May and then consider turning professional thereafter. Martin is trained by Mark Chears of Team Chears Boxing/Boxing For Boxers.
Another Chicagoan, Kenneth Sims Jr. also medaled at the event. Sims won bronze in the Lightweight (132 pound) class, losing to two-time National Champion Jose Ramirez 27-14 in the semi-finals. In 2010 Sims won the National Police Athletic League National Lightweight Championship.
Sims, 18 is a senior at King College Prep and is trained by his father Kenneth Sims Sr. at Fuller Park in Chicago.
Sims last year in the Golden Gloves:
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