Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – Week two of the 90th edition of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves continued Saturday in front of a jam packed Knights of Columbus Hall in Mineola, as the night saw nine entertaining bouts in the 152lb. novice weight class.
David Moore (Atl Vets Memorial) was solid from the get go against Ashley Longchamp (Unattached), as he applied heavy pressure early on in round one. He was able to show great ring generalship as he closed the round with a flurry of clean punches.
In round two, Longchamp settled down and scored with a nasty big right hook midway through the stanza, prompting the ref to administer a standing eight count to Moore.
In the third and final round, Moore reestablished his jab and distance and was able to land several straight right hands against Longchamp. Moore earned a tough 4-1 decision.
“It was my first fight in my amateur career in the biggest tournament,” said the 22-year-old Moore to the Daily News afterwards. “And I had I lot of nerves. I couldn’t fight the way I wanted, then I settled in. Ashley was really good but I showed him, and gave it my all,” he concluded.
The P.C. Richard Boxer of the Night was well deserved and went to Kalief Lindo (Church St. BC), a returning boxer who unanimously defeated Jeffrey Barreau (FDNY) thanks to sharper clean shots.
The Colony Pest Bout of the Night went to Mesiah Whitfield (Gleason’s Gym) and Zacharaya Blumberg (Freeport PAL). Both boxers came out super aggressive from the bell, throwing heavy head shots that captured the attention of the frenzied crowd.
The next Golden Gloves event will be on Monday at Suffolk PAL in Brentwood (7:30 p.m.)