Boxing enthusiasts packed the Masonic Temple in Fort Greene on March 10 for Week 7 of the 82nd Annual Daily News Golden Gloves tournament. As the crowd cheered on, 22 amateur fighters in the 165-pound Open and 141-pound divisions squared off for a chance to advance to the next round- and a possible title shot- in one of the country’s most famous amateur competitions.
As happens at any amateur fight, some bouts on the card proved much more entertaining than others.
In the most dominating performance of the night, Herve Duroseau of the Freeport PAL dismantled his opponent Andrew Jack (NYAC) in the first round with a combination of power punches that sent Jack straggling around the ring, fighting to stay on his feet. The referee called the fight with just six seconds to go in the round.
Duroseau, who fought in the 165-pound Open division, landed the hardest punch of the night, a strong straight right that drew a large response from the well-dressed but not-easily-impressed crowd.
“It was a good warm-up fight for me,” Duroseau, said afterwards, adding that he looks forward to advancing in the tournament. “I feel strong and I feel ready.”
The best fight of the night, however, pitted the exciting Naim Terbunja (Veteran’s Memorial) who represented the Swedish boxing team at the 2008 Olympics, against homegrown talent Elvis Seongbae (Empire SC).
Terbunja entered the ring by jumping over the ropes and never seemed to stop moving afterwards. The Olympian showcased his unorthodox, open style- often winding up dramatically with his right before throwing monster roundhouses- as he wore Seongbae down in a grueling three-round match-up.
Fighting in the 165-open, the two went toe-to-toe on several occasions, exchanging heavy-hitting combinations, but neither could manage a knockdown and the fight went the distance. Terbunja won in a unanimous decision.
Towards the end of the night Olson Naranjo, fighting for Elmcor, recaptured the crowd’s attention with a decisive if somewhat sloppy victory against Long Island’s Sean Mockler (Suffolk PAL).
“Jab him!” frustrated ringside fans rooting for Naranjo screamed when he began to lag in the second round, “Jab him Olson!”
Perked up by the crowd, Naranjo answered the third round bell with energy. Displaying impressive patience, Naranjo proceeded to wear down Mockler- staying back, staying back, then pouncing forward with well timed right hooks and, finally!, the nice left jab everyone was waiting for. A tired Mockler barely made it through the round and Naranjo won a 4-1 decision in the 165-open bout.
“It was tough,” Naranjo said after the fight. “I tried to slow him down and stay strong.” Naranjo said he likes his chances in Week 8 of the Golden Gloves tournament, which resumes March 18-20 in Brooklyn and Queens. “I’m confident. I’m training hard,” Naranjo said. “Very hard.”
TUESDAY, MARCH 10: BROOKLYN MASONIC TEMPLE
141-lb. Novice third round
Dave Meloni, IMAA, def. Marco Pinzon, Newburgh (5-0)
Abraham Kabore, John's Gym, def. Steven Dove, Universal (5-0)
Paul Lee Rembert, Suffolk PAL, def. Blair Cobbs, Team One BC (3-2)
Jose Peralta, Brotherhood, def. Neil Melillo, Trinity (5-0)
Sean Allen, Veteran's Memorial, def. Ben Garcia, Trinity (RSC .46 Rd. 3)
Abdellah Smith, Brotherhood, def. Eric Reichel, Starrett City (RSC 1:45 Rd. 1)
Raul Nuncio, Unattached, def. Shaka Davidson, Kenna's Gym (5-0)
Naim Terbunja, Veteran's Memorial, def. Elvis Seongbae, Empire SC (5-0)
Herve Duroseau, Freeport PAL, def. Andrew Jack, NYAC (RSC 2:54 Rd. 1)
Denis Trepachko, Brighton BC, def. Kenneth Edwards, Empire SC (5-0)
Olson Naranjo, Elmcor, def. Sean Mockler, Suffolk PAL (4-1)
Marcus Browne, Park Hill PAL (165-O); Akil Frederick-Auguste, Mendez (165-O); Daniel Gonzalez, Universal BC (141-N); Vladimir Pierre, D Awesome BC (141-N); JayQuran Hazel, New South Bronx PAL (141-N)