BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Nkosi Solomon came up big Tuesday night against Quincy Small, dispatching him 3-0 at St. Andrew Avellino School in Flushing to earn a berth in the New York Daily News Golden Gloves super heavyweight open semifinals.
Small (Gleason’s Gym) hung in there, but in the end Solomon (Atlas Cops N Kids) just had more left in the tank and was more action, landing cleaner crisper blows.
Solomon captured the super heavyweight novice title in 2013, but fell in the open division semis last year to eventual champion and very talented George Arias.
However, this year he appears to be more focused.
“I’ve recreated myself this year. I box taller now and I’ve used my jab more than the last couple of years,” Solomon said to the New York Daily News after his win. “Everything is a work in progress and nothing is perfect yet. I can work on it all and keep getting better day by day.”
Irving Ramirez (El Maestro BC) saw his end to a pair of gloves when he tangled with Dwayne Burchell in a 152-pound novice quarterfinal affair. Burchell (Hempstead BC) stayed patient and poised, overpowering Ramirez every time he tried to get inside and close, winning, 3-0, in the process.
The action continues Wednesday night at Melrose Ballroom in Astoria, Queens when Christina Cruz (Atlas Cops N Kids) makes her tournament debut in the 119-pound female class in search of an unprecedented ninth Gloves title.