BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Brian Ceballo knew the road would be tough, because everyone wants to knock off the champ and Wednesday night was no difference when the three-time champion engaged in an epic bout against Tyrone James in a classic 152-pound open bout. In the end, Ceballo (NYAC) used a brilliant opening round of their semifinal affair, and really set the tone en route to a very close win.
Ceballo was able to simply do just a tad bit more than James (Freeport PAL), who displayed serious guts and heart of his own. But in the end, it was the counterpunching and ring savoy of Ceballo that pushed him into the finals in a classic bout that will be talked about for years to come.
“My toughest fight here (at the Golden Gloves), definitely,” Ceballo said to the NY Daily News after the win. “I see him boxing around New York in my weight class, we are always top two. He’s been at nationals, he’s been boxing for a while, he has experience, but I have a little edge. . . . I thought he was great, he brought it.”
In other action, James Abraham (NYAC) hung in there against Chordale Booker (NYAC) for two rounds until a vicious right hand broke Abraham’s spirit and in the process earned Booker a third-round TKO that vaulted the veteran into his first career Gloves finals appearance in the 165-pound class.
The tournament also crowned its first three champions of the 2015 campaign as Ivette Delgado (Atlas Cops N Kids), the 112-pound women’s champion, and Carlos Vanegas (Champs BC), the 114-pound novice champion, won gold by way of 3-0 decisions. Krystal Dixon (Champs BC) won her second pair of Gloves with a gorgeous first-round TKO over fellow 176-pounder Joy Rotstein (Tiger Schulmann MMA).