2017-03-16 / Sports

Local Pugilists Go For The Gold Gloves

By Jason Linetsky

Photos by Arthur De Gaeta Photos by Arthur De Gaeta The St. Bernard Parish Hall, 2030 East 69th Street, was filled with fans of fisticuffs last week for the 2017 Daily News Golden Gloves boxing tournament.

The event, which took place on Wednesday, March 8th and was hosted by St. Bernard Parish and St. Bernard Knights of Columbus, featured boxers from gyms all over New York City, including Jonathan and Moses Okoro from the Starrett City Boxing Club.

The evening’s bouts were part of the first round of the tournament with both Okoro brothers winning their respective fights. Kevin Barker of Gleason’s Gym in DUMBO stepped up to take on Jonathan in his first match, but was only able to persuade one judge to score the bout in his favor, giving Jonathan a 4-1 victory. Moses came up against Mendez Boxing Club’s Juan Alvarez (Kips Bay) and mimicked his brother, winning with a 4-1 decision.

“This was my first fight in eight months,” Moses told the Canarsie Courier. “It was a tough fight against a tough opponent. I was not sharp but I was more technical than my opponent. I landed some solid punches. It was exactly what I needed to sharpen my sword and knock some rust off.

“It’s great that I got past this first round,” stated Jonathan. “It always feels good to get past that first round. I could’ve done better but it was what I needed to push myself to the next fight.”

Both Okoro brothers are scheduled for their next bouts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15th at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike in Franklin Square, NY.

For more information, go to www.nydailynews.com/sports/more-sports/goldengloves.

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