Andre Araujo takes a swing at Brian Hart during the opening rounds of the 82nd Golden Gloves tournament
Boxing fans, former boxers, and boxing hopefuls gathered inside the B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill on January 28th to catch the opening round of the 2009 Daily News Golden Gloves Boxing tournament. The tournament, now in it’s 82nd season, features the top amateur boxers from around New York City. Boxers compete in two-round matches, with the winners advancing on the next rounds. The tournament will be held all over New York City, with the finals held on April 17 & 18 at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
This year’s tournament started with a bang, as Dominick Fuccillo defeated Christopher Parisi in the opening match.
A number of celebrities from the worlds of sports and entertainment were on hand for the event, including former Met Ron Darling and Darryl McDaniels, better known as Daryrl MC from RUN DMC. “I love the boxing and the atmosphere here at the Golden Gloves,” McDaniels said. “The competitors are great.”