BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Alexandria Williams finally got over the hump and put past disappointments behind her, as the 132-pounder earned her first championship berth with a third-round TKO win over Ana Majanovic at Melrose Ballroom in Astoria Thursday night during the New York Daily News Golden Gloves tournament.
Williams (Freeport PAL) not only displayed power, but also mixed in some brilliant body shots en route to the win over Majanovic (Morris Park BC) and a meeting with Alexis Morant (Mendez BC) in the finals.
“This broke my streak. I lost two straight semis,” Williams said to the NY Daily News after he triumph. “I’m extremely excited because me and my two Elmont boys, (152-pound competitor) Tyrone (James) and (132-pounder) Titus (Williams), we all made a pact to get to Barclays Center. I was the first one to get to the semis, so I set it up for them.
“I’m going to tell them later, they better win too.”
Reigning 132-pound women’s champion Alexis Morant (Mendez BC) will look to defend her title after beating Jillian Bliss (Mendez BC), 3-0, in easy fashion.
The 2014 champion shocked the tournament last year with a convincing 3-0 victory over two-time champion Christlla Cepeda (Yonkers YMCA), even after losing one of her contact lenses and fighting half-blind in a very inspiring performance.
Misato Kamegawa (Atlas Cops N Kids) advanced to the 119-pound women’s final with a 3-0 decision over Victoria Chalk (Women’s World BC). The three-time champion will meet Christina Cruz (Atlas Cops N Kids) in the finals.
Cruz is the most decorated boxer in tournament history, with eight titles.
Ronniel Vargas (Atlas Cops N Kids), James Abraham (NYAC), Aaron Katzman (Unattached) and Chordale Booker will (NYAC) make up the 165-pound open division semifinal.
The Gloves continues on Thursday night at New York Athletic Club with semifinal bouts in the 123-pound and heavyweight novice divisions, as well as the 132-pound open class and the 154-pound and 165-pound females.