BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Imani Crawley (Colosseum Boxing) put on a clinic courtesy of his slick straight left jab against Jair Saanchez (Nick Catones MMA) during his 152lbs. sub-novice win in the opening night of the New Jersey Golden Gloves Gloves tournament in Lincroft, New Jersey.
The 25-year-old Crawley used his left from the get go against the smaller Saanchez easily winning round one.
In the second round, Sanchez took a more aggressive approach and gallantly tried to get inside, but the task was tough. Crawley would move around well in the ring, controlling the center of the ring and using his distance the rest of the stanza.
He closed out the round with several stiff left jabs, finishing off with a nice right that scored en route to the win.
“I knew once I saw a smaller opponent, I knew I wanted to keep my distance and work on my jab and if he tries to come inside, hit him with the right,” Crawley, who only had one amateur bout entering the tournament, said afterward.
To hear post-fight interview with Crawley click here.