Week 4 of the 2016 Daily News Golden Gloves tournament concluded Friday night with second-round action in the 132-pound novice and 165-pound novice weight classes.
In front of an excited crowd at the championship-bannered gym of Holy Cross High School in Flushing, 10 more boxers took a step closer to the finals at Barclays Center.
Folorunso Fatomiloye of Gleason’s Gym, a 27-year-old music artist, danced and moved in the ring during his 3-0 decision as if he were shooting a scene in a major music video.
“Based on the guy coming towards me, he was so strong, and he kept coming, I had to outbox him,” the P.C. Richard & Son Boxer of the Night said of his 165-pound novice challenger, David Bustos of Champs BC. “I figured I got the job done by being smart.”
Fatomiloye, born and raised in Nigeria, displayed sharp punching and skill from the opening bell, peppering Bustos with both hands. Bustos pressed on, but the hand speed and length of Fatamiloye were too much.
Good head movement coupled with Fatomiloye’s hard counter shots made it difficult for Bustos to get off punches. In the second round Fatamiloye connected with a body-head combo to the nose that drew blood, leading to the referee calling the doctor in for a check. By the third, Bustos was a bloody mess and received a standing-eight count midway through.
“I’m an entertainer,” Fatamiloye said. “When I sing, please don’t bring your woman.”
The Colony Pest Bout of the Night came from the 132-pound novice division match between Marlon Espinosa of Eastern Queen BC and Antonio Germain of Atlas Cops N Kids. In this hotly contested bout, Espinosa the brawler beat Germain the boxer, 2-1. The harder punches landed by Espinosa were the difference.
Alexander Garcia (Academy of Boxing) threw the Empire Casino Punch of the Night, a heavy right hook that caused the ref to step in 1:30 into his 165-pound novice match. Garcia defeated Paul Rello II of (Westbury Boxing Club) by TKO.
The road to Barclays Center continues on Tuesday at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.).
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