The West Michigan boxing scene continues its resurgence ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The revitalization centers around two boxers with Olympic aspirations and a third who is off to an undefeated beginning to his professional career.
Currently ranked the #1 amateur heavyweight in the United States, Jordan Shimmell of Hudsonville, MI, has been preparing for the Pan American Games Qualifying Tournament in Panama. The 201 pound Shimmell will be in Mobile, Alabama later in July for the Olympic Team Trials.
Shimmell recently captured his second USA Boxing National Championship in Colorado Springs, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.The heavyweight won his second U.S. Championship laat Saturday with a 14-8 decision over Las Vegas' Andrew Tabiti.
Raeese Aleem of Muskegon. MI is also vying for a spot in the Olympic Team Trials. The 132 pound Aleem is preparing for the USA Boxing Last Chance Qualifier in Cincinnati, OH which starts July 4th. Aleem missed qualifying for the Olympics Trials at the USA Boxing National Championships by 1 point, losing a decision by a score of 26-25.
After starting his professional career 7-0, Johnny Garcia of Holland, MI is preparing for his July 8th bout at Fifth Third Ballpark in Grand Rapids, The light-welterweight will be fighting Gilbert Gastellum in a 4 round match.
The boxers are all a product of the Michigan Golden Gloves, and have all been teammates at various national tournaments. Their success has helped revitalize the boxing scene in West Michigan as they continue their rise through the amateur and professional ranks.