Patrick Aristhene (r.) beats Devon Boatswain at Holy Cross Friday night.
Week 7 of the 2016 Daily News Golden Gloves tournament came to a close with another great night of boxing at Holy Cross High School in Flushing on Friday night.
With the finals just a few weeks away — April 18 and 19 at Barclays Center — the competition and the stakes have risen. Back to compete were the men’s 114-pound, 132-pound and 201-plus pound novice divisions, plus a 178-pound open bout.
Patrick Aristhene of Freeport PAL was The P.C. Richard Boxer of the Night, advancing to the 178-pound open final with a first-round TKO of Devon Boatswain (Eastern Queens BC).
“I’m pretty strong,” said the 23-year old Aristhene. “Skinny, but I can hit.”
Aristhene landed the Empire Casino Punch of the Night when he floored Boatswain with a huge right hook that caused the ref to stop the match at 2:40 of the first round.
“I just want to go back to the Barclays (Center) and prove that I’m the best 178-pounder in New York.”
The night’s highlight came from the Colony Pest Bout of the Night between Sean Elexey (Brotherhood BC) and Christopher Cunningham (Gleason’s Gym). Though Elexey won a 3-0 decision in the 201-plus pound novice match, it was bombs away from the opening bell. Both of these heavy hitters stood their ground in the center of the ring for the most of the first round. Elexey connected with the better head shots, but midway through, Cunningham started with some effective body work.
In the second round, Cunningham connected on some strong hooks to the gut of Elexey, who at first reacted slowly but was eventually forced to brawl, and the crowd loved it.
In the third, with both boxers exhausted, they stood toe-to-toe. With little head movement, it was easy to see Elexey landing the bigger shots, even though Cunningham was the busier guy.
The next Golden Gloves event will take place on Monday at St. Finbar Auditorium in Brooklyn (7:30 p.m.).