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Winona's Upper Midwest Boxing Champion is headed to the National Tournament in Vegas

WINONA, Minn. (KTTC) -- - Last weekend millions and millions of people paid to watch Floyd Mayweather defeat Manny Pacquaio in what was billed as the boxing match of the decade. Closer to home, Justus Pomeroy of Winona is preparing for the biggest fight of his young career, and he's already won gold.

"When the lights are on me saying my name, it was unbelievable," said Pomeroy reflected on his win of the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Championship for the Light Welterweight division. "It was like all that hard work paid off."

Born to a wrestling family, Justus is carving out his own path.

"He did his own thing, we didn't push him to do it," said Justus's grandfather Bill Pomeroy, "He wanted to box on his own. We just support him all the way along."

His grandfather, Bill, should know best. After all, he's not only related to him, but he's his trainer.

"He's real aggressive," said Bill as he described his grandson's style, "He likes to move you around the ring and throw punches because he likes to keep coming."

It's that ferocity that guides Pomeroy, sending him to Vegas for the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions.

"There's about five nights of fights. It's the 11th to the 16th. As far as I can tell it's just going to be the best, and I am just going to do the best I can do an not worry about who I am fighting," said Justus Pomeroy.

Thursday was Pomeroy's last training day, and then he will start scouting his potential opponents. On Sunday he will be flying out to Las Vegas to compete.

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