BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Hometown product Dayton Harris used a little bit of everything to dispatch a relentless Chris Sanchez during their 152lb novice bout Saturday at the Ike Williams Boxing Academy in Trenton, New Jersey at the famed New Jersey Golden Gloves tournament.
Harris looked sharp in front of family and friends by moving around well in the ring, keeping his distance and boxing a smart fight.
He was able to connect early on in the first round and set the tone against a tough Sanchez, who was very relentless and endured a ton of body shots.
Sanchez showed great heart and guts but continuously kept walking into punches, making it an easy fight at times for Harris.
Late in the second round, Harris connected with several body shots, stunning Sanchez. However, Sanchez took the blows and was able to connect with a left hand — his best punch of the night.
But that would be the only time of the contest that Harris was tested. It was Harris ability to fight off the ropes and create distance midway through that would be the difference in this one.
“I knew I had to step back at times, create space and then throw,” Harris said.
The 18-year-old is unattached and if he has another showing like this, a gym is sure to work with him going forward.