Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Christian Coakley punched his ticket into the New York Daily News Golden Gloves semi’s on Thursday night after a tough 141-open division win over Jonathan Sledge at the Master Theater in Brooklyn, New York.
Coakley (Manny’s Old School BC) was on the defense early on as Sledge tried to come out and brawl during the first round, but the 18-year-old remained calm and used his jab well to slow down the Champs BC product.
“I saw him fight before,” said Coakley afterwards. “So I knew if I did the right things I’d win.”
In the second stanza, Sledge was able to get in closer and he landed some very solid body shots that really stunned and slowed down Coakley, who acknowledged his opponents crafty style.
“He had an awkward style,” said Coakley. “I thought he would be stronger than me, because of his build, but he wasn’t.”
Coakley continued to use his jab brilliantly in the final round en route to the 3-0 win.
“I’m feeling happy,” said Coakley, “because I’ve never gotten any recognition for boxing. Now people will start to notice me.”
The P.C. Richard & Son Boxer of the Night went to Richardson Hitchins (Atlas Cops N Kids), who beat Brandon Idrogo (Manny’s Old School BC), 3-0, in a 141-pound open division matchup.
“My coach pressed me to use my jab more this fight,” said Hitchins, last year’s tournament winner.
Hitchins got off some pretty shots including a hard, straight right in the second round that caused the ref to give Idrogo a warrented standing eight count. Hitchins cruised from there en route to the 3-0 triumph.
The next Golden Gloves event will take place Friday night at Holy Cross High School in Flushing (7:30 p.m.).