Ard captures Silver Gloves title
By Shawn Stinson
ROCKINGHAM —McKayla Ard keeps rolling along in her boxing career.
Ard earned her fourth straight victory Saturday night at Harnett Central High School in Angier to capture the North Carolina Silver Gloves title in the 106-pound division.
The Dungeon Boxing Club member defeated Kim Pittman from Wilson by decision to improve to 4-1 in her career.
“I wasn’t nervous because I fought her before,” Ard said. “She’s a good fighter.”
Ard has downed Pittman in all four of their matches during her streak. Ard stopped Pittman twice by knockout and earned two decisions during this stretch.
Ard will now advance to the Silver Gloves regional tournament Jan. 9 to 12 in Oxen Hills, Md.
“Going out of the state doesn’t bother me,” Ard said. “Facing someone new does.”
Her coach, Mario Olivera, thinks getting into the ring with a different boxer will benefit Ard because she has became accustomed to fighting Pittman.
“Sometimes she will hurt the opponent and they will be in trouble but she will let up,” Olivera said. “I think it’s because she has faced her so many times and knows her.”
If Ard is available to advance through the regional round, she will qualify for the Silver Gloves national event Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 in Independence, Mo.
In 2012, Brittany Winburn, another Dungeon boxer, captured the 139-pound Silver Gloves national championship.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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