First Night of Fisticuffs at the Garden

by David Pambianchi: Once again, New Yorkers got treated to an evening of heart, dreams and "hard knocks" as combatants gave their best in night #1 of the 84th Annual Daily News Golden Gloves Finals. Madison Square Garden teemed with boxing fans eager to see a friend or relative capture one of 14 coveted Championship bouts. With women’s boxing making its 2012 Olympics debut in London, some of tonight’s competitors may become Olympic hopefuls.

Results for Women:

106lb. With an even trading, slight edge for Natalie Gonzalez at the start, Brittany Delgado then pressed to gain in the third round and came on strong with combinations for the win in the fourth.

119lb. Lacking right hand power, Lindsay Tolpa lost to a more deliberate scoring Misato Kamegawa.

125lb. Although Heather Hardy pressed with left and right combinations, Sylvia Yero scored the winning edge with some hard wind-up punches in heavy trading.

132lb. An early on straight punching Bertha Aracil outscored Camille Currie for the win.

165lb. Christina Jensen won a tough slug-out match against Jennifer Egan.

Results for Men:

114lb. (Novice) While Christian Castro scored well with quick counterpunches early on, it was not enough to stop an aggressive better scoring and victorious Oscar Moreno.

123lb. (Open) Jaime Estrada simply dominated the bout for a win over Frankie Garriga.

165lb. (Novice) James Clarke started scoring better off trades especially with his southpaw hook, but grew tired, started holding and was outscored by in Joseph Scalafani comeback.

141lb. (Open) Cristino Ceballo took this high energy bout over Patrick Day

152lb. (Open) A fast, action packed, back and forth fight with a lot of counter punching and a Christopher Galeano win over Jeremy Fiorentino.

132lb. (Open) A low scoring match with Louis Cruz exposing his body when pressed, helping Marcos Suarez II score and win.

178lb. (Novice) Despite heavy overhand rights by Michael Fischetti, too late, as Anthony Pegues’s left jabs scored better for the win.

201lb. (Novice) Daniel J. Girace seemed to be controlling the match throughout, but judges went with a tired Max Tassy for a sloppy hop-around win.

201+lb. (Open) Iegor Plevako using straight heavy punches stunned Elijah Thomas with the referee stopping the bout in the second round.

Get ready for night #2 this evening.

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Article posted on 08.04.2011

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