Coweta Sports Digest
Lavin wins belt at World Championships
James “Powder” Lavin recently returned from the 13th annual Ringside World Championships in Independence, Mo., with another amateur title belt.
Lavin, who is the assistant boxing coach at MOAB Fighting Concepts in Newnan, added another world championship in the Masters 35-over division after defeating Teddy Draper of Albuquerque, N.M., among one of three masters bouts in the all-classification tournament held from July 31-Aug. 3.
“I felt pretty good,” said Lavin. “The fight wasn’t won in the ring, it was won in the preparation.”
Lavin’s manager Randy Duke said his fighter changed up his training in between winning his previous belt in mid-March at the second annual Ringside Masters Championships in Lenexa, Kansas.
“He added some jabs to his arsenal,” said Duke. “Every day we’d go out and he’d say he was ready for the fight that day.”
The event included bouts among boys as young as nine years-old through the Masters division. It also include women’s divisions for both novice and open from ages 19-40.
Lavin, who is a former New York City Police Officer, honed his skills as a Golden Gloves winner out of the city’s Police Athletic League. Duke said the next step for Lavin will be heading back to his roots to evaluate his chances of a professional career.
“He’s been talking with a lot of guys in the professional ranks in New York over the phone,” Duke said. “We’re going to go back to his roots and get some evaluations to see if we could go pro.”
PTC Combat Fitness sends 14 to Atlanta International Open: PTC Combat Fitness in Peachtree City sent 14 athletes to compete in Friday’s Atlanta International Open held by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, while bringing home 11 medals.
Medal winners included PTC Combat Fitness head instructor Pete Snider, Courtney Gardner, Joey Boga, Chris Calhoun, Maddie Wilbanks, Mike Duncan, Jarom Matson, Max Rietschier, Ben Forte, Todd Gardner, Matt White, Ateala Tuff, Blake Carroll and Greg Norred. All are residents of Coweta or Fayette counties.
The group also contributed to the scoring of Team Roberto Traven in its team title.