The Washington, D.C., boxing team won five individual titles and finished with 28 points to edge Fort Bragg, N.C., for the championship of the second annual D.C. Mayor's Cup Invitational amateur boxing tournament last night at Howard University's Burr Gymnasium.
Washington and Fort Bragg each won 17 of 20 bouts in the tournament. Fort Bragg had entered the finals with a 13-1 record, Washington with a 12-1 mark.
The team title was determined through a scoring system in which a winner in the finals received five points and a loser received three points. Losses by walkovers did not earn any points.
Fort Bragg finished with 26 points and New York City was third with 17.
"It's a great, great feeling, winning this thing two years in a row," said Ham Johnson, head coach of the Washington team. "Our team would have been even stronger if we still had the four kids who went to Moscow. We're still a young team -- lots of kids. But the Fort Bragg team we beat was made up of men."
The highlight of the evening was the head-to-head competition between fighters from Washington and Fort Bragg, who split their four highly anticipated bouts.
In the teams' first meeting, Washington's Jemal Hinton won a decision over Fort Bragg's Gregory Vincente in the 119-pound class. In perhaps the evening's biggest surprise, Frank Payne of Washington scored a close, hard-fought decision over Fort Bragg's Runnel Doll in the 125-pound class.
Doll was one of the four Army fighters who was scheduled to be in Moscow this week to compete in the Goodwill Games before the Defense Department ruled they could not participate because the Games were considered a commercial venture.
The third scheduled confrontation never materialized when Washington's Garry Payne, the younger brother of Frank, reported three pounds overweight in the 139-pound class and defaulted to Fort Bragg's Ronald Walstron.
"I overslept this morning and ended up being a little too heavy," said Payne, who at 16 is three years younger than his brother. "But I rooted hard for Frank and the rest of the team to win. When I found out I wasn't going to fight tonight, I spoke to my brother and he told me he was going to win the fight for me."
Derrick Wilson of Fort Bragg allowed his team to earn a split in its matches with Washington when he scored a decision over Darrin Rivers in the 147-pound class.
In other matches featuring Washington fighters, James Harris retired David Villar of New York in the 106-pound class; Anthony Wilson won by default over LeRoy Davis of Philadelphia at 112 pounds, and Bandele Hinton, Jemal's brother, won by decision over Richard Shambaugh of the U.S. Navy at 132 pounds.