The 89th edition of the 2016 Daily News New York City Golden Gloves opened up Thursday night at BB Kings in the heart of Times Square. The featured weight class of the night were the ten bouts in the 152 pound novice class. The most noticeable fighter was Jonathon Okoro, brother of a former 152 pound Gloves champ, Moses Okoro.
His height was a sight to behold as he towered over his opponent, Kevin Harper of the Glen Cove BC, whose role was to be David to Okoro’s Goliath. Except this time the roles were reversed. Okoro’s silky southpaw skill set was a wonder to behold. He used all his advantages to their fullest and won a fairly easy three round decision to advance to the next step on the road to the Finals at the Barclay’s Center.
Okoro credits his brother for the preparation stage as they train at Starrett City BC. The experience he gains from family tutelage is priceless as shown by his display opening night.
“He helps me think a lot about boxing and see it from a different perspective. “
For future Okoro opponents it appears that the only perspective they will be afforded is the one looking up to his flying fists. Latino fighters who saw success that night as well included Juan Leon Alvarez, Metropolitan BC, Irving Ramirez, El Maestro BC, Francisco Frometa, Worldwide BC, and Wester Santiago, also of El Maestro BC.