Split decision for boxing's return to Plattsburgh: Small crowd takes in exciting boxing matches PDF Print E-mail
Written by CLIFF CONNERS, Staff Writer   
Sunday, April 08, 2007

PLATTSBURGH — It wasn't the turnout Bob Miller, Uncle Sam's Boxing Club trainer and event coordinator, had hoped for. Nevertheless, the Eastern New York Golden Gloves finals at the Crete Civic Center was deemed a success.
"I am happy that we got the amount of people to show up that we did, but I was hoping for a better crowd," Miller said. "The weather didn't help much and it is Easter weekend. But it was encouraging for the sport of boxing in the area."
Six local boxers competed Saturday evening, but only one came away victorious.
Jaci Trivilino put together a performance for people to remember to score a convincing victory by decision over Raquel Carey.
Trivilino and Carey had met previously and knew what to expect.
"We had fought six times before and we are pretty good friends," said Trivilino. "Tonight, however, it was all business."
Trivilino wasted no time taking control of the fight with a barrage of combinations early in the first round that stunned Carey. Carey, however, took every bit of punishment and continued on in the best bout of the night.
"I knew she would be tough as nails, but I also knew if I gave it everything I had that I could outbox her," Trivilino said.
Both girls went toe-to-toe and gave the crowd its money's worth.
Trivilino took control of every round, landing blow after blow, giving the judges no choice but to credit her with a decisive victory in her first fight in Plattsburgh.
"It felt great to fight at home in front of my family and friends," Trivilino said.
With the victory, Trivilino improves her record to 31-7 and made a statement that she belongs inside a boxing ring for a long time.
"I just train every day and I love it," said Trivilino. "Boxing is a lifestyle for me and is something that I want to do forever. I just have to continue to work hard."
Although the rest of the local fighters lost in their bouts, Miller was pleased with the performance, especially from Trivilino.
"Jaci was great tonight," Miller said. "That is the way she can fight and is the way she should fight every time she steps into the ring. She has so much talent and I am proud of her."
Rocco Clauss, Zach Morey, Mike Pryor, Sam Moura and Nate Boutin all performed well in losses.
Clauss perhaps should have won his fight. He won the first two rounds, but had a shaky third round which cost him the decision. The 14-year-old standout skier was impressive in his first appearance in the ring.
"I thought I fought really well, especially in the first round," Clauss said. "My only problem was that I was running at him too much instead of staying in there and letting him come to me."
Clauss's opponent, Ahmad Morton, has fought a handful of times and at the end of the fight, his experience proved decisive.
"I know he has more fights than I do and I can't complain about how I thought I did," Clauss said. "I had fun though and it was a great experience. Now I know what to do when I train and all I can do is get ready for my next fight."
The show was a great experience for locals, especially those who have never been to a live fight, and Miller thinks boxing in this area is on the rise.
"We didn't have a great showing the first time I did a show in Saratoga, but by the third show I did there, we had unbelievable turnouts," Miller said. "All we can hope for is that will be the same for this area. Hopefully, we can get enough support and put on two or three shows a year here."



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