Gleason’s Gym product James uses jab and smarts; advances in NY Golden Gloves tourney

Leah Cooper (r.) defeats Zoe Bennett (l.) in a Golden Gloves match on Wednesday (Photo courtesy of Ken Goldfield/Ken Goldfield)
Leah Cooper (r.) defeats Zoe Bennett (l.) in a Golden Gloves match on Wednesday (Photo courtesy of Ken Goldfield/Ken Goldfield)

Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Iman James not only used her smarts, but her jab was the difference as she won her 119-pound affair Wednesday night to advance in the New York Daily News Golden Gloves tournament at the Harlem Pal.

On a night where the message was to end gun violence, James (Gleason’s Gym) outclassed a game Tifanny Hardy (Gold Folks) in front of a spirited crowd that chanted “Fist, not guns” throughout the bout.

James, a 25-year-old Harvard graduate, established her jab early and often and was able to slow down Hardy, who was looking to brawl, in the first round.

In the second round, Hardy continued to apply pressure, but she was not able to land an effective shots due in large part to James’ ability to move around the ring brilliantly.

She never allowed herself to get trapped or in a bad position.

“She definitely was really aggressive,” said James. “So for me, I had to control her with my jab.”

In the final round, Hardy showed heart and continued to fight forward, but James was to sound and just to much as she closed out the round in style – with a late flurry – en route to the 3-0 decision.

It was a great scene as the Golden Gloves partnered up with Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E (Stop Another Violent End) to promote the organizations messages about the importance of stopping gun violence.

“It’s about saving lives,” said Jackie Rowe-Adams, the organizations creator.

Leah Cooper (Gold Folks) landed the Empire Casino Punch of the Night when she dropped Zoe Bennett (Rockaway Ropes) three times in the opening round to score an impressive TKO at 1:02 of the first in the 165-pound novice female bout.

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