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Teen Boxer Jermesha Poke Wins Main Event At “Saturday Night Fights” In St. Louis

2013 Junior Olympics National Championships Silver Medalist Jermesha Poke increased her boxing stats to twenty-three and two when she defeated fellow teen, D.D. Cruz, Saturday, March 8 in St. Louis, Missouri at “Saturday Night Fights.”

Teen Boxer, Jermesha Poke at "Saturday Night Fights, " March 8, in St. Louis. Photo by: Lin. Woods @Copyright Lin. Woods 2014

Teen Boxer, Jermesha Poke at “Saturday Night Fights, ” March 8, in St. Louis.
Photo by: Lin. Woods
@Copyright 2014 Lin. Woods

 

The 15 year-old St. Louis high school student’s boxing match was the main event for the night at “Saturday Night Fights.” Jermesha defeated Cruz, her Kansas City opponent, in the last fight of the 17 fight night.

Jermesha Poke, Junior Olympic Sliver Medalist at "Saturday Night Fights," March 8, 2014 in St. Louis. Photo by: Lin. Woods @Copyright 2014 Lin. Woods

Jermesha Poke, Junior Olympic Sliver Medalist at “Saturday Night Fights,” March 8, 2014 in St. Louis.
Photo by: Lin. Woods
@Copyright 2014 Lin. Woods

The crowd chanted, “Mesha! Mesha!” and cheered the sometimes shy and quiet young lady on to victory.

 

Jermesha Poke at Saturday Night Fights, March 8, 2014, in thought before her bout, the main event. Photo Credit: Lin. Woods

Jermesha Poke at Saturday Night Fights, March 8, 2014, in thought before her bout, the main event.
Photo Credit: Lin. Woods

Mesha, as she likes to be called, said, “When I’m in the ring, I stay focused and I always do my best. This is what I want to do professionally. I enjoy it.”

Jermesha Poke being aggressive during her boxing match at "saturday Night Fights," March 8, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Photo by Lin. Woods @Copyright Lin. Woods 2014

Jermesha Poke being aggressive during her boxing match at “Saturday Night Fights,” March 8, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri.
Photo by Lin. Woods
@Copyright 2014 Lin. Woods

Weighing in at less than 130 pounds, Jermesha said despite her petite frame, she started boxing just to keep in shape, “I was never was interested in girly things, although I was a model at one time. My brother was off-season from playing high school football and he would box to stay in shape for the summer. I started going with him. I tried it. I liked it. So I started training and I just kept going because I liked it.”Jermesha Poke lands a punch on D.D. Cruz at "Saturday Night Fights," March 8, 2014 in St. Louis. Photo by Lin. Woods @Copyright Lin. Woods 2014

Jermesha Poke lands a punch on D.D. Cruz at “Saturday Night Fights,” March 8, 2014 in St. Louis.
Photo by Lin. Woods
@Copyright 2014 Lin. Woods

According to her father/co-coach, Steve Poke, Jermesha is a “B” student and an all around good girl. He said, “She’s also the favorite to win the Gold in the next Junior Olympics.”

Jermesha Poke shows the punch she through to win her trophy from the main event at "Saturday Night Fights, March 8, 2014 in St. Louis. Photo by Lin. Woods @Copyright LIn. Woods 2014

Jermesha Poke shows the punch she threw to win her trophy from the main event at “Saturday Night Fights, March 8, 2014 in St. Louis.
Photo by Lin. Woods
@Copyright 2014 Lin. Woods

Jermesha said, “I promised my dad I’d win the gold medal in the next Junior Olympics and I plan to keep that promise.”

2 comments on “Teen Boxer Jermesha Poke Wins Main Event At “Saturday Night Fights” In St. Louis

  1. This is great to hear how young ladies are doing in this boxing field. I commend all the youg girls and boys who are doing something positive things.

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