On to nationals
Dunkirk native wins New York State Golden Gloves boxing championships
Dunkirk’s Elon Hernandez used a split-decision victory to win the 123-pound Open division at the the New York State Golden Gloves boxing championship on Saturday at the RiverWorks in Buffalo.
DeJesus, who has been training at Impact Boxing for the last six years faced Joe Reed, who he had faced four times prior to Saturday night’s bout.
“It was our rubber match,” DeJesus said. “I knew I did enough to win Saturday. He got tired. I felt I had more effective punches and I landed more than him. I felt good after the fight.”
With the win, DeJesus advances to the national championships in Lafayette, Louisiana at the end of this month.
“Right now, I am taking it day by day and year by year,” DeJesus said. “If I win nationals, I can get some recognition and go pro. I hope I can go pro by next year.”
The national championships will consist of golden glove champions from every state that has a Golden Gloves tournament. DeJesus anticipates 13 competitors in his division.
“I think my power and speed is a big impact on me winning fights,” DeJesus said of his strengths. “I use my speed and footwork. When I go into the ring, that is my strength.”
DeJesus had a big crowd in his corner Saturday night, and roughly eight family members — who will call themselves Team Elon — will be making the trip to Louisiana to cheer him on for a national title.
“I want to thank my family for supporting me,” DeJesus said. “I also want to thank my coach, Nate Jimerson, for training me and keeping the gym open. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be able to box.”