If Clovis boxer Evan Luna had to grade his performance at this year’s state Golden Gloves boxing tournament at Roy Walker Recreation Center, he’d give himself an F.
Luna, 22, who earned his first victory in the 152-pound weight class during Friday’s preliminary fights, lost his semifinal bout against 20-year-old Edgar Castro of Farmington on Saturday.
“My attitude was wrong, and I was not nearly in as good a shape as I thought I was,” Luna said. “There was only about 10 seconds in each fight that I was focused.”
On the other hand, Castro’s strategy of dishing out body shots at Luna panned out well. About about 2 inches shorter than the 6-foot Luna, Castro said the body shots solved the height difference between the two.
“In the first round, that’s when I knew I could use those body shots,” Castro said.
Luna, who has only four amateur fights in his career, was one of four fighters from Clovis to compete Saturday night. Golden Gloves action concludes today with championship matches beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Despite the loss, he plans to compete in next year’s tournament where he hopes to be able to give himself an “A,” which to him means knocking out his opponent and not getting hit.
“Even if that doesn’t happen, that’s my goal,” he said.
In other bouts:
• In the 178-pound category Clovis fighter Tined Price lost to Hobbs fighter Gerald Quintal after the referee stopped the fight in the first round.
• In the heavyweight category, Clovis fighter Andrew Birch lost to Omar Fajardo of Albuquerque by decision. However, Clovis heavyweight Rico Urauizo will fight in today’s championship match after winning by walkover when his opponent Kevin Brown failed to show.