Ricky Menchaca’s coaches were seated appropriately at ringside, but Omaha was in his corner.Administrators and coaches from nearly every boxing club in the city stood within shouting distance of Ring No. 3 at Ralston Arena, screaming words of encouragement to the 108-pound national semifinalist.Menchaca followed up a so-so first round with a dominant second against seventh-ranked Jonathan Rodriguez of Buffalo, New York. The two exchanged blows in a back-and-forth third until the final bell. Rodriguez advanced to Saturday’s 6 p.m. finals of the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions with a split-decision win. Many others, including Menchaca and his coach Mike Lemek, saw it differently.“He did great. To be honest, I really have a big disagreement with this decision,” Lemek said. “That is bothering me right now. It just didn’t seem kosher, in my book. But, hey, that’s amateur boxing. You have five judges, and they see things. … I’m disappointed for him because I know what he gave to this.”Menchaca also was disappointed, but accepted his bronze medal with class. His goal was to win a title.“I thought I was landing the cleaner shots, but he was putting the pressure on me,” Menchaca said. “If you look at it… Read full this story
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