Haywards Coley wins by TKO, advances to nationals

Haywards Coley wins by TKO, advances to nationals

June 3, 2011Ryan Maquinana
CSNBayArea.com FRESNO, CA A blistering right uppercut from Aaron Heavy Metal Coley stopped Joey Perez of Clovis in the second round and netted the Hayward resident the Central Pacific Regional middleweight title last Saturday at the Sierra Sport and Racquet Club.Coley, who trains at SFC Boxing Gym on 7th St. in San Francisco, now advances to the prestigious USA Boxing National Championships, which take place June 20-25 in Colorado Springs and serve as the next step toward qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.It feels good to see my hard work pay off, said the 20-year-old southpaw, currently ranked the No. 6 amateur middleweight in the nation. There are so many people out there at the 165-pound weight class at nationals, so I have to take it one fight at a time.After a first round where Coley controlled the pace with his right jab, Perez looked to pressure him in the second; the choice would be at the Clovis natives peril. Following a Perez flurry, the Bay Area fighter took a step back and unleashed the fateful right hand that had his Central Valley foe dazed and confused on the canvas. On shaky ground after rising to his feet midway through the count, Perez was deemed unfit to continue by the referee.I was keeping him off-balance, said Coley of his opponent. He rushed in and he was leaning to the right, so I threw the right uppercut and he walked right into it. After that, he was out.His nickname derived from his nine-to-five job in his fathers scrap yard, Coleys blue-collar work ethic has been evident since moving from Stockton to the Bay Area a year ago with fiance Brittany Wren and two-year-old son Aaron Jr. As soon as I get off work in Hayward every day, I go straight to the gym at SFC, said Coley, who has become a frequent BART passenger. When I get home and whenever Im not training, I spend as much time with my family as I can.Aaron makes a lot of sacrifices, added his trainer, Ben Bautista. Some kids dont come to the gym unless I call them, but I dont have to worry about him. Hes so dedicated that he calls me every day. I love to help this kid because hes humble, hes hungry, and he loves to help himself.If Coley can make it to the semifinals or better next month, he will be assured a spot in the eight-man Olympic Trials in August, a single-elimination tournament that will yield the countrys middleweight representative in the London Games next summer. Coming out of the Bay Area, this is another step up getting closer to the Olympics, said a hopeful Coley. Theres no telling who Ill face next, so I have to adjust in a tournament like that, but Im ready. Im going to keep working in the gym until then.ROUNDUPIn a rematch of their scintillating Golden Gloves regional final in San Francisco, Andy Vences of San Jose PAL booked his ticket to nationals with a decision over Vicente Guzman of Tulare in the 141-pound final. I didnt let him brawl me and stayed off the ropes, said Vences, who added the Central Pacific trophy to an impressive tally that includes the Adidas Tournament and California Golden Gloves titles. I just have to go out there to Colorado Springs, not let the pressure get to me, and do my best.Other Bay Area men who made it to nationals include Eric Altamirano of Concord CYC (132 pounds) and Laron Mitchell of San Franciscos Ring of Fire Gym (201 pounds).Jose Ramirez of Avenal, the top-ranked lightweight in America, did not officially participate in the regionals. However, the Fresno State freshman also advances to Colorado Springs as the defending national champion in the 132-pound division. Ramirez defeated Fresnos Ulises Soriano by decision in a non-tournament bout.Out of the local women to compete last Saturday, Gilroys Elizabeth Rodriguez (106 pounds), Casey Morton of San Mateos B Street Gym (125 pounds), and Theresa Moon of Pacificas BabyFace Gym (152 pounds) advanced to nationals. Ryan is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and a regular contributor to CSNBayArea.com. E-mail him at rmaquinana@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter: @rmaq28

NBA Gameday: Thomas would like nothing more than to bury Kings

NBA Gameday: Thomas would like nothing more than to bury Kings

Barring another freak arena malfunction, the Sacramento Kings will return to the court Friday evening in Boston to take on Isaiah Thomas and his Celtic teammates. The Kings’ game against the Philadelphia 76ers was postponed on Wednesday due to a condensation issue on the playing surface that made the Verizon Center unsafe for play.

There is still no word as to when the Kings and 76ers will make up their missed contest. Sacramento will be back on the east coast in January, but their scheduled trip is already seven games long and there are very few days to sneak in a game.

Boston is coming off a 121-114 home loss to the Detroit on Wednesday night in which all five starters scored 19 points or more for the Pistons. The Celtics come in averaging 105 points per game, good enough for 12th place in the league and their defense yields 104.4, which ranks 16th overall in the NBA.

OPENING LINE

Celtics by 6.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Darren Collison vs. Isaiah Thomas -- Collison replaced Thomas as Sacramento’s starting point guard via free agency before the 2014-15 season. After a brief stop in Phoenix, Thomas has found a home in Boston and developed into an All-Star. The 5-foot-9 speedster is averaging a career-best 26.1 points and would love nothing more than to bury his former team. Collison has been solid since returning from suspension, but not nearly as consistent as he has been in the past. He’ll have his hands full on Friday night in Boston.

WHERE THEY STAND

Kings: 7-11, fourth place in Pacific

Celtics: 10-8, second place in Atlantic

INJURY REPORT

Kings: No injuries to report.

Celtics: No injuries to report.

SERIES HISTORY

The Celtics swept the season series between these two teams last season, including a 114-97 victory in Mexico City on Dec. 3. Boston holds a 180-117 all-time lead over the Kings and a 35-25 advantage during the Sacramento-era.

QUOTE

“That’s all this league is, what people think they know - 99 percent of the time, they don’t know. That’s my guy. I’m extremely happy for him. I’m happy for all of the success he’s gotten so far.” -DeMarcus Cousins on his relationship with Isaiah Thomas

NHL Gameday: Sharks host top team, goals figure to be hard to come by

NHL Gameday: Sharks host top team, goals figure to be hard to come by

Programming note – Sharks-Canadiens coverage starts today at 7:00 p.m. with Sharks Pregame Live on CSN California

WHERE THEY STAND

Sharks: 14-9-1, 29 points, 1st Pacific Division
Canadiens: 16-5-2, 34 points, 1st Atlantic Division

PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES

***It’s a battle of first place teams at SAP Center, as the Sharks lead the Pacific Division and the Canadiens are atop the overall league standings. The Sharks are in the midst of playing eight of 10 at home, and bring a 5-1-0 mark in their last six games into tonight.

The Sharks will wrap up a stretch of 10 games in 18 days before they get a chance to rest before Wednesday’s home game with Ottawa.

“It’s been a lot of hockey. It will be nice to get a couple days after this to relax and recover a little bit,” Joe Thornton said. “We know we don’t play for another five days, so to get this win would be huge for us.”

Montreal is playing the third of a five-game road trip. It began with a 2-1 overtime win in Detroit last Saturday, and was followed by a 2-1 loss in Anaheim on Tuesday.

***The undisputed best goalie in the world will be in net for Montreal, as Carey Price (13-2-1, 1.68 GAA, .947 SP) will face the Sharks for the first time since March 21, 2015. He’s 2-4-1 in his career against San Jose, with a 2.70 GAA and .924 SP.

Goals figure to be hard to come by. The Sharks lead the league with just 2.08 goals allowed per game, while Montreal is third (2.13).

“We have to be prepared to win 2-1 here tonight,” Pete DeBoer said. “That has to be the mindset. If we can get more than that, we’ll take it.”

Martin Jones will go for the Sharks. In his last 10 games, he’s 7-2-1 with a 1.50 GAA and .942 SP with a pair of shutouts. 

***Tommy Wingels, who has missed the last three games with a lower body injury, will be a game-time decision. If he doesn’t play, expect Micheal Haley to remain in on the fourth line.

KEEP AN EYE ON...

Sharks: Logan Couture. The Sharks’ center is heating up, and has at least one point in six of the Sharks’ last eight games (6g, 2a). He’s tied with Brent Burns for the team lead in goals with nine, and led the way in San Jose’s 4-1 win on Wednesday night in Los Angeles with two goals and one assist.

Canadiens: Shea Weber. The defenseman has had an immediate impact in his first season in Montreal, with 18 points (8g, 10a) and an NHL-best plus-18 rating. Arguably the frontrunner for the Norris Trophy, Weber will be seeing the Sharks for the first time since his miserable performance in Game 7 of the Western Conference semifinals with Nashville.

PROBABLE LINES

Sharks
Patrick Marleau – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Kevin Labanc – Logan Couture – Joel Ward
Mikkel Boedker – Chris Tierney – Joonas Donskoi
Melker Karlsson – Ryan Carpenter – Tommy Wingels

Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Martin Jones (starter)
Aaron Dell

Canadiens
Paul Byron – Alex Galchenyuk – Alex Radulov
Max Pacioretty – Tomas Plekanec – Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen – David Desharnais – Andrew Shaw
Torrey Mitchell – Phillip Danault – Brian Flynn

Alexei Emelin – Shea Weber
Andrei Markov – Jeff Petry
Mark Barberio – Greg Pateryn

Carey Price (starter)
Al Montoya

INJURIES

Sharks: Tommy Wingels (lower body) is questionable. Tomas Hertl (right knee sprain) is out.

Canadiens: Nathan Beaulieu (neck) and Charles Hudon (fractured sternum) are out.

QUOTEABLE

“I’m biased but I think [our defense corps] is one of the top back ends in the league. They do a great job moving the puck, play well defensively, and I’m sure it’s tough for other teams to score on us.” – Logan Couture