In 30 years of combined time in the boxing ring, neither C.R. Ingram nor Ryan Webb has ever experienced such a glorious moment.
When their hands were held high as Regional Golden Gloves champions in early April, the realization of representing the Westwood Boys and Girls Club and the Ashland area in the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions came to light.
Ingram and Webb became the first WWBGC duo to qualify for the Salt Lake City, Utah, event since brothers Travis and Tom Hanshaw achieved the feat in 2008. WWBGC’s Aaron Hanshaw advanced to this point last year.
“Mind-blowing,” expressed Webb.
“This is the highlight of my amateur career,” said Ingram, a 30-year-old with a wife, son and two stepchildren. “After this, I want to advance my boxing career to the professional level.”
Ingram has boxed since the age of 9. Back then, it was simply a hobby.
“It was something I enjoyed doing,” Ingram said. “But from my teenage years up, the pro level has always been my goal. This national stage will definitely help me along.”
Ingram and Webb are set to depart Ashland for the 27-hour westward drive today. The five-day competition begins on Monday.
Ingram will box as a 152-pounder (he’s 5-foot-8), while Webb will compete in the heavyweight (185-201 pounds) division.
Webb, a 19-year-old former Fairview football linebacker, has tussled in the ring since age 8. The amateur with a 78-18 record considers himself “a brawler. I like to throw power punches.”
Ingram is more of a stick-to-the-basics fighter.
“I like to box using fundamentals,” he said. “Straight punches, hands up, work angles, speed ... it depends on who I’m fighting.”
Ingram and Webb have trained together for this elite opportunity.
“We’ve worked very hard day-in and day-out, no breaks,” Ingram said.
Each weight class consists of a 32-man field in Salt Lake City.