Christian Coakley (blue) takes down Jonathan Sledge at Thursday night’s Golden Gloves.
THURSDAY NIGHT’S Daily News Golden Gloves event started with an old-school hip-hop show before seven bouts at the Master Theater in Brooklyn.
“Knock ’em out the box, Rick. Knock ’em out, Rick” boomed through the speakers, as hip-hop royalty, Slick Rick the Ruler, highlighted a show that also included Brand Nubians and Talib Kweli.
“Thank you for bringing me out to this cool event,” said Rick. “Best of luck to the fighters, and I hope no one gets hurt.”
Taking center stage after Slick Rick were the 123-pound, 141-pound and 201-plus pound men’s open divisions, plus a 125-pound women’s bout.
The Colony Pest Bout of the Night came from the 141-open division, a match between Christian Coakley (Manny’s Old School BC) and Jonathan Sledge (Champs BC). Coakley won, 3-0.
“I saw him fight before,” said Coakley, from upstate. “So I knew if I did the right things I’d win.”
New York rap legend Slick Rick appears at the Daily News Golden Gloves.
The bout opened with Sledge trying to be the brawler and pressure Coakley, but the 18-year-old stayed calm and used his jab well, keeping Sledge at a safe distance.
In the second round, Sledge was able to get in closer and deliver some good body shots that seem to slow Coakley down a bit.
“He had an awkward style,” said Coakley. “I thought he would be stronger than me, because of his build, but he wasn’t.”
Coakley was forced to trade more punches than he wanted to but landed a sweet uppercut that backed up Sledge.
In the final round, Sledge continued to move forward aggressively but not effectively. Coakley used his length well and jabbed his way to the semis.
Trudy Li, wearing blue, beats Andrea Tosto.
“I’m feeling happy,” said Coakley, “because I’ve never gotten any recognition for boxing. Now people will start to notice me.”
The P.C. Richard & Son Boxer of the Night went to Richardson Hitchins (Atlas Cops N Kids), who beat Brandon Idrogo (Manny’s Old School BC), 3-0, in a 141-pound open division matchup.
“My coach pressed me to use my jab more this fight,” said Hitchins, last year’s tournament winner.
Hitchins readily got off some pretty shots including a hard, straight right in the second round that caused the ref to give Idrogo a standing eight count. Hitchins won unanimously.
The next Golden Gloves event will take place Friday night at Holy Cross High School in Flushing (7:30 p.m.).
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