Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) – The New York Daily News Golden Gloves tournament is heating up, and Thursday night at the Church Street Boxing club in Manhattan, was no different.
The evening boosted eight bouts in the 123lb. novice weight class, and all the fights went the distance.
The Colony Pest Bout of the Night was courtesy of 16-year-old Cal Ashby (Pac Plex BC) and Ryan Smith (Unattached).
Their heated affair started off with Ashby coming out aggressive as he moved to the center of the ring, showcasing great hand and foot speed, landing a brilliant combo. However, Smith stood his ground and took some serious shots.
Both boxers landed clean crisp shots to end the round, but it was Ashby ended the opening stanza with a gorgeous overhand right that snapped Smith’s head.
In the second round, Smith tried to get close but Ashby continued move around, showing great ring generalship and landing several hooks.
In the final round, Smith was able to cut the ring some and he was able to buy just enough time and distance to land some good shots that scored. However, Ashby was able to prevail, 4-1.
“That kid was moving fast,” said Smith afterwards to the NY Daily News.
“I think I did great,” said the 16-year-old Ashby. “My biggest challenge was keeping up my energy.”
Alan Teemer (Freeport PAL), who unanimously defeated Frankie Garcia (Brotherhood BC), earned the P.C. Richard Boxer of the Night.
He boxed brilliantly off the ropes, and was able to score at will using crisp jabs.
The next Golden Gloves event will take place at Holy Cross Hospital in Flushing (7:30 p.m.).