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Leah Cooper (r.) defeats Zoe Bennett (l.) in a Golden Gloves match on Wednesday.Ken Goldfield/Ken Goldfield

Leah Cooper (r.) defeats Zoe Bennett (l.) in a Golden Gloves match on Wednesday.

“Fists, not guns,” chanted Jackie Rowe-Adams. That was the message Wednesday night at the Harlem PAL, as the Daily News campaign against gun violence took center stage. The Golden Gloves partnered up with Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E (Stop Another Violent End) to promote the organization’s message about the perils of gun violence. “It’s about saving lives,” said Rowe-Adams, the organization’s creator.

As for the action in the ring, Iman James (Gleason’s Gym) won the Colony Pest Bout of the Night by a 3-0 decision in her 119-pound female matchup with Tiffany Hardy (Gold Folks). “She definitely was really aggressive,” said James, “and so for me, I had to control her with my jab.”

In the first round, James, a 25-year-old Harvard graduate, did just that by establishing a stiff jab midway through to slow down the brawling Hardy. In the second, Hardy continued the pressure but couldn’t land an effective shot due to James’ movement. James kept good distance, picked her shots, and landed a sweet uppercut in the final seconds that probably won the close round. In the third, Hardy continued to pursue and definitely outworked James, but James proved too much.

Leah Cooper (Gold Folks) landed the Empire Casino Punch of the Night and dropped Zoe Bennett (Rockaway Ropes) three times in the opening round to score a TKO at 1:02 of the first in the 165-pound novice female bout.

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