Written by Jill Nossa Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00
Last week, the 85th Annual New York Daily News Golden Gloves tournament was held in the Glen Cove High School gymnasium, where six bouts were held to determine the quarterfinals winners. The fighters included men and women, including Glen Cove High School graduate and Glen Cove Boxing Club member Emily Colon, who won her first bout and will advance to the semifinals.
Winners of each bout advance to the semifinals, and may have a chance to compete in the championship round, which will be held at Madison Square Garden on March 29-30.
The boxers took a brief intermission when Mayor Ralph V. Suozzi presented a $500 scholarship award to Ylenia Elvy-Panton, a senior at Glen Cove High School.
The Glen Cove Boxing Club was established in May 2005 and is dedicated to serving the community’s youth at no cost to them. The club is staffed by an experienced and dedicated group of volunteer coaches who are all registered and certified with USA Boxing.
The New York Daily News Golden Gloves tournament was first held in 1927 and is the oldest and largest amateur boxing tournament in the country. The tournament has helped launch the careers of more than 30 world champions, including Olympic Gold Medal winner Howard Davis, Jr. from Glen Cove.
The Glen Cove Boxing Club and the City of Glen Cove Department of Parks and Recreation sponsored the event, and the proceeds will contribute to the operation of the club throughout the year, with a portion benefiting the Wounded Warriors Project.