BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Jaime DeJesus wasted little time dispatching Andy Betance by scoring a vicious first-round TKO to move onto the semis of the 152lb novice division at the New Jersey Golden Gloves tournament at Ike Williams Boxing Academy in Trenton, New Jersey.
In just his fourth amateur bout, DeJesus (Ike & Randy) came out with a purpose from the sound of the opening bell. He came out stuck out his left jab a couple of times, and although he did not connect with the jab, he was able to benefit from them by delivering nice straight right hands that seemed to bother Betance (Bergen PAL).
Moments later, DeJesus connected with a counter right hook but Betance walked through it. However, he would not walk through the next one, which was a text book gorgeous counter right hook to the head that dropped Betance, who was defenseless after throwing a lazy left jab.
He paid the price and was clearly hurt as he barely made it up to his feet.
“I thought he was going to stay down, I have a strong right hand, but he is tough,” DeJesus said after the quick win.
DeJesus quickly glanced at his corner, which instructed him to go after Betance.
That is exactly what he did as he peppered Betance with several glancing blows. The shots did not hurt, but Betance was dropped again, which was more about being overwhelmed by the moment.
However, after having his gloves wiped down by the referee Betance caught up a break after timed was called because DeJesus had an issue with one of his gloves. The quick breather didn’t help as DeJesus was able to walk down Betance and get him up against the ropes, where he landed several right hands to the head before the action was waved off.
“I just train hard, do what I have to do and take my time,” concluded the 21-year-old.
Official time of the stoppage was 1:45 of the first round.