Registration mix-up KOs Ashland boxer
After raising funds for the trip and traveling to Augusta, Ga., lastweek, Ashland boxer Autumn Princen didn't get a chance to fight in the U.S.Women's National Championships.
The 19-year-old middleweight was disqualified after registering for thewrong weight class, according to her coach, Rick Evans of Ashland's A StreetBoxing Club.
Evans said he entered Princen in the 165-pound weight class, believingthat was the class for boxers weighing 165-178 pounds. Instead, it was aclass for fighters weighing less than 165.
The mistake was discovered Friday after the draws for the event, whichbegan Thursday, had already been set. Because no fights in the 165-178 weightclass had been fought, tournament officials agreed to let Princen move up provided that all the coaches in that division agreed.
However, only three of the four coaches could be reached before the 3p.m. deadline set by officials, so Princen was forced to sit out. The threecoaches who were contacted all agreed to let her compete.
It would have been better if she had competed and lost in the firstfight rather than not getting to compete at all, Evans said, addingthat he feels as though he let down people who contributed to the trip.I'm just sick about it.
Evans and Princen stayed and watched the event. He returned over theweekend while she stopped off in Kansas to visit a relative.
Seeing the competition sharpened the heartache for the twosome, Evanssaid.
The biggest disappointment is that I believe Autumn would havewon whatever weight class she was in, Evans said. That madeit even worse.
While Evans doesn't have another fight scheduled for Princen yet, hehopes to set one up in the near future. Princen is one of more than 600registered women amateur boxers in the nation.