Fighting her first Golden Gloves bout in front of a hometown crowd, Emily Colon, a 2007 graduate, won by decision Thursday and will advance to the semifinals.
The quarterfinals bout was one of six hosted by the Glen Cove Boxing Club and the Parks & Recreation Department.
"It felt great. I've never had a feeling like that," said Colon after being announced the winner. "I got through it with the inspiration from my coach, team and everybody who came out to support me from Glen Cove."
The 24-year-old amateur boxer's victory is reflective of a storied tradition in Glen Cove. Last year, in the 165 lb. Open division of the Golden Gloves and now fights professionally. Glen Cove's history with the sport goes back years and includes Howard Davis Jr., Long Island's only boxing medalist when he was named best fighter in the 1976 Olympic Games.
Other notables include Allen Hudson, Hubert Hilton and Phil Capobianco.