If you see Cam’ron Patton walking around town wearing a gold medal, please understand he earned it and has good reason to be proud of it.
Patton, 14, earned the gold medal by winning the junior 176 division at the 48th annual Junior Olympics boxing tournament recently in Madison, Wis. There were six boxers in this class. He started against a boxer named Blake Hendershott and Hendershott received two standing 8-counts in the first round. Patton finished him off with a left to the body in the second round, according to Paris Boxing Club coach Derik Moon.
In the champoinship bout, Patton faced Roger Carranco. He dropped Carranco with a straight left in the third round. Carranco got up just as the final bell rang. Patton was presented the gold medal. He is the son of Fran Patton of Paris.
Moon thinks Patton is the first boxer from Henry County to earn a gold medal in Junior Olympics competition.
He was joined at the Junior Olympics by his brother Demarccus Patton, 12, and Jayle Cadet, 11. The three Downtown Paris Boxing Club members had qualified for the event through state and regonal levels. There were more than 350 boxers and 14 regions represented at the Wisconsin event.
Demarccus Patton was the runnerup in the bantam 125 class out of eight entries. He defeated Kardiear Shepherd and Devin Ayala to reach the finals. He lost to Chris Rocha in the championship bout but earned the event’s silver medal. He is the son of Fran Patton and Nick Howard of Paris.
Cadet fought in the intermediate 110 class with 11 competitors in the event. He lost by decision in the second day of the tournament to Jesus Martinez who earned the silver medal in that class.
“I’m very proud of the hard work and dedication of our boxers,” Moon said in a press release earlier this week. “Someone recently commented to us that there is no boxing season. These kids work out and hone their skills fifty-two weeks a year. Our kids don’t play boxing. They live it!”