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UNCW female boxer packs a punch at Silver Gloves boxing tournament in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The City of Wilmington is starting to build a decent reputation when it comes to boxing. In fact boxers from nine different states are in the Port City this week to compete in the annual Southeast Silver Gloves Boxing Championship at the armory on Carolina Beach Road.

They're young. They're tough. They love to box. And their goal is to win in Wilmington so they'll have the opportunity to fight in the National Silver Gloves tournament next month.

This boxing tournament is not just for boys. There are girls competing as well.

Thursday's night's action also featured a boxer who attends UNC Wilmington. Kristen McKnight, 20, has been boxing for a year, and she's already making a name for herself on the national amateur scene. Thursday was the second time McKnight has been in the ring with her opponent Marci Parrish.

"I had fought this girl before, and I won, so I underestimated her, and then I got in the ring and she hit me pretty hard," McKnight said. "So I said, 'OK, I've got to work harder.'"

"First round I think she was surprised when she got caught a few times," Port City Boxing Club coach Andre Thompson said.

It did not take long for the slugging Seahawk student to take control of the non-tournament bout. McKnight dominated the rest of the first round. In fact the referee stopped the competition when McKnight took over, so the slugging Seahawk wins again.

This is a three-day tournament. Boxing action resume Friday at 6 p.m. at the armory next to Legion Stadium. The Silver Gloves tournament concludes Saturday.

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