FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 1:59 AM
NYC’s boxing dignitaries came out to witness some great bouts and to support the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation at Friday night’s Golden Gloves event at St. John’s University’s Staten Island campus.
On display were the 132-pound open and 178-pound novice divisions. Headlining the event out of Teddy Atlas’ gym, Atlas Cops N Kids, was St. John’s University student and Staten Islander, John Duffy.
“I’m so proud of Duffy that he’s in the Gloves, and that he has a chance to advance in the Gloves, but I’m more proud of him that he’s in college,” said Atlas, the organization’s founder. “Because that gives an example for other kids in the gym something to shot for. It shows them that you can become a better fighter and get through high school and can have the great experience of going to college, too.”
Duffy won a 3-0 decision over Tyson Clements of New Breed BC.
The P.C. Richards Boxer of the Night went to James Wilkins, also from Atlas Cops N Kids, who handily out-boxed opponent Steve Garrido of Worldwide Boxing Club and won by TKO. Called for a low-blow early in the first round, Wilkins picked up his punches and showed good footwork in avoiding a stalking Garrido.
In the second round, Wilkins was able to connect first to the jaw, forcing the referee to administer Garrido a standing 8 count. Wilkins came out in the final round still fresh and ended the night with the Empire Casino Punch of the Night, a right hook to the temple that rocked Garrido’s head gear and forced the bout to be halted.
The next Golden Gloves event will take place on Saturday at St. Lawrence Recreation Center (4 p.m.-7 p.m.) in Hillburn, NY.
The Atlas Foundation is a community service organization that provides financial, legal and emotional support to individuals and organizations in need.