Young Garret Guinn looked the part of a two-time Golden Gloves champion Tuesday. Observers formed a consensus that his future in amateur boxing appears as bright as his glowing white locks of hair that earned him the nickname “Cotton” as a child.
The 16-year-old Richland sophomore will fight for a third title Saturday in the Men’s Novice 114-pound division. The spirited southpaw used his aggressive, brawling style to dispatch Daniel Perez in the Golden Gloves regional tournament at the Watt Arena at Will Rogers Memorial Center.
Guinn, moving at a rapid pace in trunks emblazoned with his nickname, appeared to win all three, one-minute rounds.
“I can be a brawler and be a boxer,” said Guinn, who moves around well in the ring. “I can attack from different angles.”
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In these shorter bouts, “you don’t have much time to fight and you have to be more of a brawler.”
Guinn is hoping to step up to the open division next year. He seems fit enough now to go the three, three-minute rounds.
Open matches begin Wednesday at 7 p.m. and continue through Saturday. Champions of each division advance to the state tournament next week in Fort Worth.
In the 152 division, L’Darius Whetstone will take on Rodolfo Rivas, and Luke Bateman and David Fabela are scheduled to square off.
In the 201-plus division, Raymond Walker and Alexander Alvarez will fight in the final match of the night.
Fort Worth’s Estevan Roman, who advanced to nationals last year, doesn’t compete until Friday. He is formally moving up a division to face former state-qualifier Alex Bermudez in a bout between 201-pounders.
In what might be his last fight at the novice division, Guinn will match up with Cortlind Swan of Texas Fight Team in the final of the 114-pounders.
In all likelihood, Guinn will get his shot at those big fights in the future.
In addition to his physical skills, Guinn possesses good intangibles, his coaches at Reyes Boxing Club said, particularly his willingness to listen and be coached.
He also gets plenty of advice at his house.
The fact Guinn is a competitor with some vim is no surprise when you learn that he’s the last of three boys in a family of fighters.
His father, Scotty Guinn, and uncle Robert Smith both boxed in the Golden Gloves. Smith was a multi-time state qualifier.
Guinn’s older brothers also fought here.
Father and son are different fighters, both agreed, noting Scotty Guinn is a righty.
“I shouldn’t say this, but I think Garrett’s got a little bit more talent than the others,” Scotty Guinn said. “He’s got a lot of talent.”
It doesn’t appear that opinion will cause any problems at the dinner table.
Middle brother Brandon, 22, was just as proud as Dad and has big expectations for the last of the brood. He envisions both an accomplished amateur career and a good shot at the professional ranks.
“I know he is,” said Brandon Guinn. “His footwork is too good. He has it going on.”