BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Kyle Collins looked poised and calm from the start as he defeated Juan Zarate to move into the 141lb finals of the New Jersey Golden Gloves tournament after earning an impressive triumph at the Ike Williams Boxing Academy in Trenton, New Jersey Saturday.
Collins (Goss & Goss) imposed his will from the start as he was able to get in some solid body early on in round one. Zarate, a very tough boxer, had his moments late in the opening stanza when he connected with a nice upper cut and then followed through with some slick jabs and head movement.
“I had to settle down and go back to my mental focus and go more to the body, he did not like the body shots,” said Collins.
In round two, Collins quickly went on the attack, connecting on 14 straight punches and stunning and shocking Zarate in the process. The Goss & Goss product rattled a little, but was able to slow down Collins’ onslaught as he threw some jabs just to slow him down. The two young fighters got a bit feisty moments later when Zarate did not like the fact that Collins shoved him after a quick break.
The rest of the round saw Collins keep his distance from the hard-charging Zarate, who appeared very frustrated as the round came to and end. Collins’ ability to use the jab late helped him win a very close round.
In the third and final round, Zarate fought as if he was down on the scorecard and put together his best flurry of the night, as he went to the body and then delivered with a solid straight over the top right hand. However, Collins was able to slip and move away from further damage to win a close on the scorecards.
JMB scored the fight in favor of Collins, 29-28.
Collins will face Middletown PAL’s Garrett Dugan in the finals April 25th in Jersey City.
“I have to make adjustments and keep pushing forward and working hard,” he added on his upcoming title fight against Dugan.