Six championship bouts – featuring both male and female amateurs, and a pair of Westchester fighters – will highlight the New York Daily News Golden Gloves at Empire City Casino on Wednesday night, April 2. It will be the fourth consecutive year that Empire City hosts the fabled amateur tournament on the casino’s fourth floor.
In the 108-lb. male novice division, Amauri Berrero of Mt. Vernon, NY, will be fighting on his home turf when he squares off against New York City’s Giovanni Figueroa. New Rochelle’s Krystal Dixon headlines the 176-lb.+ female division, taking on Danielle Perkins of Brooklyn.
A pair of Bronx natives collide in the 108-lb. male open ranks when Ivan Lopez battles Chayanne Rivera.
In the 119-lb. female division, Joann Acevedo of the Bronx will be pitted against New York City’s Misato Kamegawa.
Another pair of championship contests have yet to be announced.
General Admission tickets are $25; Policemen, Firemen, senior citizens, students and children under 14 are $15 (with proper ID). For more information log onto www.nydailynews.com/GoldenGloves. Doors open at 6:15 PM and first bell is at 7:30 PM sharp. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis only at the door on fight night. Tickets and seating are limited.
In 2011, for the first time in the storied history of Yonkers Raceway, hundreds of fans flocked to the raceway to attend the Golden Gloves. The oldest and most esteemed amateur event in the U.S., celebrating its 87th anniversary this season, has produced generations of legendary boxers including Sugar Ray Robinson, Emile Griffith, Floyd Patterson, Riddick Bowe, Gerry Cooney, Mark Breland, Jose Torres, and Zab Judah.