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VIDEO: Glen Cover Advances in Golden Gloves Quarterfinals

Emily Colon won Thursday's match at Glen Cove High School.

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.

Roxanne D'Onofrio March 04, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Congrats Emily....keep it going, we are behind you!
Mike Bruschini March 04, 2012 at 10:00 PM
An interesting fact: Paulie Malignaggi, former IBF light welterweight champion, and challenging for the WBA welterweight championship in April, fought his first-ever amateur bout in the Golden Gloves at the High School.
Carla Hall D'Ambra March 10, 2012 at 05:25 PM
This is awesome! Michael Bruschini, thanks for covering this...I had no idea about Glen Cove boxing! Congratulations, Emily!

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