BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Ismael Villarreal showed the rest of the 165-pound novice division that he is a man on a mission after crushing Joseph Capraro in less then two minutes into their quarterfinal affair of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves tournament Wednesday night at St. Bernard’s School in Brooklyn, New York.
The 17-year-old Villarreal (John’s Gym) looked like the real deal against Capraro (Champs BC) as he delivered several standing-eight counts in the opening 50 seconds of the contest, using a gorgeous right hook several times, which promoted Capraro’s corner to throw in the towel to prevent further damage.
“I go in, I try to throw a lot of punches and if the knockout comes, it comes,” Villarreal said after his triumph to the New York Daily News. “I think I’m going to win. I don’t think anybody wants to fight me in close.”
Edwin Ramirez (El Maestro BC) took two rounds to take care of Jonathan Edmond (Unattached) as he stalked him around from corner to corner en route to winning his 165-pound bout after Edmond stopped fighting and quit 1:16 of the second stanza.
In other action, Andrew Henriquez (John’s Gym) tried to hang in there against Stylianos Kalamaras (Mendez BC), but it was to little to late, as Henriquez stopped him late with a TKO win in their 178-pound contest. Dwayne Burchello (Hempstead BC) was able to slip past Hendrycks Diaz (Elmcor BC) in a 152-pound title.
The tourney continues Thursday at Glen Cove H.S. on Long Island when the 125-pound, 132-pound, 165-pound, 176-pound women step foot into the ring, while 132-pound and super heavyweight novices see action.