Golden Gloves Week 2 a Hit in LIC
by Nigel Chiwaya
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Donato Guardavaccaro takes a swing at Patrick Pierre in the night’s first fight. Pierre won in three rounds.
Donato Guardavaccaro takes a swing at Patrick Pierre in the night’s first fight. Pierre won in three rounds.
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Paul Vallone (shown with his son, Charles Vallone III) was honored before the start of the event.
Paul Vallone (shown with his son, Charles Vallone III) was honored before the start of the event.
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The 82nd Daily News Golden Gloves tournament continued on February 4 in Long Island City, as fans and family members packed the Variety Boy’s and Girl’s Club to see the best amateur boxers battle to advance on.

Fans were treated to a show early, as Patrick Pierre of New Bed-Stuy and Donato Guardavaccaro of Starrett City went three rounds. Guardavaccaro threw early taunts at Pierre, but Pierre was able to shake off frustrations and get the victory.

“He was taunting me a little bit, and it frustrated me,” said Pierre, a limo driver. “But when he dropped his hands, I put more pressure on him. It looked like an opening.”

Pierre spoke proudly of his training, but cautioned against overconfidence, saying: “let’s see how far I go.”

While there were plenty of fists and bloody noses to go around, there were few retirements. However one fight, between Ronald Nicholson and Randolph Van Meter, was stopped in the second round after Van Meter was cut open in the face.

Van Meter sounded distraught after the match.

“I’m so disappointed,” he said.

If fans wanted to see real firework however, they needed to wait until the very last match of the night, when Dushan Crooks of Starrett City knocked out Steve Celestin of Gleason’s faced off. What looked like a promising match before the bell turned out to be a laugher, as Crooks K.O.’ed Celestin only 15 seconds into the first round.

Political heavyweights were on hand for the event as well, as former Councilman Peter Vallone Sr. was in attendance with his family, including councilman Peter Vallone Jr. and Paul Vallone. Paul Vallone, whose picture hung next to the scoreboard in the gym, was honored before the match for his work with the Variety Boy’s and Girl’s club.

The three Vallones were all former members of the Board for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club.

Vallone Sr, who presented his son with the plague, called Paul Vallone a “real fighter for the community.”

Paul Vallone meanwhile, enjoyed having a big-ticket event into Long Island City.

“This just shows that Long Island City has it all,” he said.

FEBRUARY 4 RESULTS

Patrick Pierre (New Bed Stuy) def. Donato Guardavaccaro (Starret City) in 3 rounds

Bernard Day (Freeport PAL) def. Beau Diaz (Starret City) in 2 rounds, (Ref’s Decision)

Shawn Williams (IBAM) def. Anthony DeFeo in 3 rounds

Mitch McMahon (Mendez) def. Eduard Samuylin in 3 rounds

Ronald Nicholson (Kingsway) def. Randolph Van Meter in 2 rounds (Medical Retirement)

Patrick Neumann (Gleason’s) def. Jerome Packtor (NYPD) in 3 rounds)

Jon Boldon (Gleanson’s) def. Wieslaw Zagaua (Team Freedom) in 3 rounds

Darnell Cummings (Kid Kelly) def. Brian Leslie (Suffolk PAL) in 3 rounds

Kalib Walker (Freeport PAL) def. Thomas Kaliszuk (Rhino) in 3 rounds

Hector Chavez (Freeport PAL) def. Adam Familia (Gleason’s) in 3 rounds

Dushane Crooks def. Steve Clestin (1st round K.O.)

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