Kids Get Hit by Adults

At Least in Golden Gloves, They Get to Hit Back

Jones might wonder to himself why it is that sometimes he trains hard and loses and other times he hardly trains at all and wins—that's just the teen voice inside his head trying to talk him out of having to train. In his heart he knew he had to work hard. He said he wants to make the Olympic boxing team in 2004 and win world championships after that. First up, though, was this year's Golden Gloves 160-pound open class. When you're 18 and an accomplished boxer, everything seems within striking distance.

That's true for Vanderveer, who advanced through the early stages of this year's tourney, but not for Jones. He showed up late for his opening match and wasn't allowed to fight.

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