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The Covington Boxing Club took a trip to Luxora, Ark., last Saturday to take on some of the top boxers in the state and came away with four wins in six bouts. 

Local fighter Latonio Grandberry, who finished second last year in one of the major junior tournaments in Arkansas, defeated Jamarion Veasley of Osceola, Ark.

“He put on a good display of boxing,” Covington coach Jimmy Glover said. “Every time we go to Arkansas there will be some boxer ask if he can fight Latonio and they haven't beaten him yet.”

Covington's Shawn Etridge, one of the team's most improving boxers, defeated Antarius Smith with a third round TKO. 

Local Jonathan Forman beat Dallas Thurman of Luxora in a close match. 

“Jonathan is much improved,” Glover said. “He is tall with good reach and good conditioning.”

Covington's Jonathan Kendrick won his fourth match of the season by dominating Luxora's Darion Harrell. 

Local Jonathan Grant lost a close fight. 

“Our coaches thought maybe he won,” Glover said. “But it was a good effort by a tough kid.”

Covington's Tyronza Boyd lost to Brandon McGruder, a boxer he has fought four times. 

“We did not want the fight and asked for another, but Tyronza was a little too young and was not allowed to fight him,” Glover said. 

Grandberry and Forman won Outstanding Boxer Awards and Grant won the Sportsmanship Award. 

The boxers will be off until Jan. 6. 

“The kids have done well in the first half of the season by working hard and staying focused,” Glover said. 

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