Justin Wantland of Licking won the Golden Gloves Novice Bowling tournament Jan. 28 in St. Charles.

Justin Wantland, a mixed martial arts fighter from Licking

won the Golden Gloves Novice Boxing tournament held at St. Charles, Mo. Banquet Center on Jan. 28, 2011.

Wantland defeated his opponent, Travis Stewart, by TKO in the 2nd round. This win makes Wantland eligible for the open division, which leads to the National Golden Gloves Tournament.

Golden Gloves are sanctioned by USA Boxing and the same rules apply to The golden Gloves as they do USA Boxing. Many former Golden Gloves Boxing Champions have gone on to be outstanding Boxers in our country, such as, Muhammed Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Evander Holyfield just to name a few.

Wantland maintains his record of 6-0 in MMA and trains under

Ken Sparks of warrior Gym in Rolla, Mo. Justin plans to be back in the cage in the near future.

Thanks to all my friends, family and Sponsors for your support and to those who made the trip.

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