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Commentary: Harris wins first pro boxing bout

Darel “Smooth” Harris didn’t just win his first professional boxing fight. He plowed through opponent Shane Tenney.

Harris, who started training at the Sarasota Boxing Club, won with a third round TKO at St. Petersburg’s Jannus Landing Saturday night.

Big House Promotions’ Tommy Pettiti said he’s spent the past five months training with Chip Hunt.

The fight was a matchup with two 125-pounders on the same card as former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy.

“He was determined to win his first professional fight,” Pettiti said.

Pettiti said he’s trying to organize Harris’ second fight sometime in 2011 at the Sarasota/Bradenton Convention Center, and have his father, Cornell “Short Dog” Harris on the same card.

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The Braden River Havoc 10U baseball team triumphed in the select division during the IBC Baseball State Championships Dec. 3-5 in Clearwater and Dunedin.

The Havoc, the tournament’s sixth seed, won 5-4 in the finals.

Meanwhile, the No. 2-seeded East Manatee River Dawgs fell in the elite division’s championship game 8-6 to the St. Petersburg Storm.

Also, Bradenton/Sarasota was the host venue for two other IBC tournaments this past weekend.

The Game Ready Scout Day High School Showcase concluded Sunday at Braden River Park.

Team R.B.I. defeated the Florida Curve 7-2.

The Toys for Tots tournament presented by the SDK Baseball Club took place at Sarasota’s Twin Lakes Park.

The River Dogs defeated the Wildcats 16-11 for the 10U title.

Team Florida routed Combat Crushers 14-0 for the 12U championship.

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The Swift Crane Academy had students win two first-place medals in form, one second-place medal in sparring and three third-place medals in group form at the 31st annual International Silver Cup Championships held Dec. 4 in Miami, according to a news release.

Classes are held Monday-Friday, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Contact Sensei Robyn LeBuffe at 527-9594 for more information, or visit during class hours at City Fitness’ second floor on the corner of 12th Street West and 9th Avenue West.

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The IMG Cup, a boys invitational soccer tournament, wrapped up play Sunday.

The United States U-17 National Team, which takes residence at the IMG Academies, won the super group division.

IMG won the U-19 title, with Miami’s West Pines capturing the U-17 championship and Mexico’s Sports Clinic Academy triumphing in the U-16 finals.

The U-14 Indian National Team beat Tampa’s F.C. Fusion 3-2 after extra time for the U-15 crown.

The Indian team has taken up residency at IMG Academies through the IMG Reliance scholarship program, aimed at developing sport within India, according to a news release.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017.

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