BY: Richard Quiñones (Journeymen Boxing) Titus Williams scored a very impressive win over Jude Franklin on Thursday at New York Athletic Club to earn a ticket to the Barclays Center in the 132lb. finals of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves.
After winning gold in the 132-pound open division in 2013 as well as the Sugar Ray Robinson Award for the tournament’s best open boxer, Williams was shocked in the first round of the 2014 Gloves by upstart Christian Bermudez (Atlas Cops N Kids).
But this year was a different story, as Franklin (Gleason’s Gym) hung tough for a round until Williams (separated himself in the second round highlighted by a four-punch combination.
Franklin fought as if he was behind of the scorecard in the final round, as he went looking for the knockout. But Williams, showed superior conditioning and stamina to close the show.
“It feels a little surreal,” Williams said to the New York Daily News. “Sometimes it feels so far away. Anything can happen, this is boxing. Everybody I fought this year came to fight, everybody. . . . It feels like I’m back. After I lost last year, I committed myself to get back to this level. I know this is where I’m supposed to be.”
He will try to reclaim gold against James Wilkins (Atlas Cops N Kids) a 123-pound novice champion in 2013
In other action Deion Sparks (Judah Bros BC) appeared to be the heavy favorite in the 123-pound class, but Saleh Almulaki (Universal BC) decided to spoil the party. Almulaki simply wore his opponent down and will now meet Christopher Fernandez (Worldwide BC) in the 123-pound final after Fernandez defeated Yosuke Suzuki (Unattached).