(MAR 26) New Yorkers got treated to
an evening of heart, dreams and "hard knocks" as combatants gave
their all in night #1 of the 83rd Daily News Golden Gloves Finals.
Madison Square Garden packed with boxing fans eager to see a friend
or relative capture the win in one of 14 coveted Championship bouts.
Results for Women:
125lb. JODY-ANN WELLER wore down Melissa Itoh with left jabs for
two rounds. Although Melissa returned some blows, Jody poured on
a few flurries for a win when the referee stopped the bout 1:20
of Round 4.
119lb. In a championship rematch from last year, CHRISTINA CRUZ
scored well, evaded excellent and moved great in general in this
close match against Alexis Asher. But from where I sat, I
counted more effective "connects" from an aggressive Alexis.
However, I'm not a judge, and from where the judges sat the
fight was as a repeat win for Christina Cruz.
132lb. JULIE ANNE KELLY, with some solid right hooks, took this
one in a close bout over Camille Currie.
112lb. The bout started even with constant trading until NICOLE
DEAN caught a tired Sharisse Garcia with some solid rights to
the head in the 3rd and 4th rounds for the win.
Heavyweights SHANELL MATHES and Naralie Pacheco exchanged some
heavy slug-fest punches with a Shanell win. (Special note: There
was a bit of good natured levity when a missed Shanell hard
right caught off-balance referee Dennis Legall in the chest,
sending him to the mat.)
Results for Men:
165lb. TRAVIS PETERKIN started the match by scoring better
against Vincenzo D'Angelo with right hooks and a nice uppercut.
Vincenzo scored well also during some heavy trading, notably a
straight left, but Travis dominated the last round earning him
152lb. In a "No Nonsense" heavy and fast trading PETER DOBSON
and Gary Beriguette match-up, though Gary came on aggressive,
Peter still scored well (especially off the ropes) to win this
178lb. Novice: The bout started with a lot of jab trading until
MICHAEL SPIEGEL cashed in on that dropping left hand of Aleksey
Kuper with a flurry for a 3rd round referee stop at 1:17 and a
141lb.Open: SHEMUEL PAGAN with some trading and many body blows
against Carlos Teron for the win.
178lb. Open: MARCUS BROWNE with some blasting right hooks for a
win over David Thompson.
114lb. Open: ANTHONY CARAMANNO with a snapping left hook a a
right that sometimes slipped between Jordan Rodriguez's gloves
for the win.
132lb. Open: MARLON BROWN outscored Wesley Ferrer for the
Super Heavyweight: Davone Jones threw everything including the
kitchen sink: elbows, a head butt, late hits, and held the back
of his opponents head all to no avail as he took too many hits
(especially rights to his body), earning ROBERTO MORBAN the
Heavyweight Novice: A lot of heavy trading and scoring with
right hooks and straight rights for Earl Newman Jr., but overall
scoring went to an aggressive THOMAS HARDWICK for the win.
Stay tuned. This evening, begins night #2.
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