Written by Jill Nossa
The Golden Gloves is coming to Glen Cove again later this month, and both the fighters and the trainers are excited and gearing up for the annual event.
Hosted by the Glen Cove Boxing Club (GCBC), the 87th Annual Daily News Golden Gloves will take place on Thursday, March 27 at Glen Cove High School.
“Glen Cove has traditionally been one of the best teams on Long Island,” says GCBC’s Coach Frank Pena, who notes the city’s history of boxing greats including Howard Davis, Jr., John Capobianco and Allen Hudson.
This year, a portion of the proceeds raised from this event will be donated to Moms Who Kick Inc, a 501(c)(3) public charity that benefits breast and ovarian cancer research, and promotes healthy lifestyles. In addition, a donation will also be made to fund a scholarship which will be given to a graduating Glen Cove High School senior.
Pena and former Marine Champ and professional boxer, Coach Billy Strigaro, both licensed with USA Boxing, are sending two ladies to the Golden Gloves this year.
Glen Cove High School graduate Emily Colon, who holds the titles of 2013 Long Island Champ and 2013 East Coast Metro Champ, and Wendy Sincuir, LI Fight For Charity contender and winner, have both represented the club in their quest for the Golden Glove trophy.
Colon, who lost her fight last week to Christina Cruz, has been a part of the boxing club on and off since she was about 12 years old. She began to get really serious about it at age 21, and has high goals for herself, with the ultimate goal of making it to the Olympics.
“I lost but it was good experience,” says Colon, 26. “She even asked me to hit her up on Facebook so we could spar…that’s encouraging.”
Colon spends about two hours training every evening and can spend half a day at that club on Sundays.
“I’m going to keep doing it, so far I am reaching every goal I’m trying to reach,” she says. “I’ve got a long road ahead of me but…I’m ready for anything.”
Sincuir is fighting on Friday night in Staten Island. She is new to the boxing scene but wanted to fight when she first heard about LI Fight For Charity.
“I just fell in love with it…it’s a great workout“ says Sincuir. “Never even thought I would be doing this…not a lot of people can say, I just started and now I’m fighting in the Golden Gloves. It’s exciting.”
The women from local Long Island charity, Moms Who Kick, will also be present, and will take to the ring as Ring Card Girls while raising awareness for women’s cancers and promoting the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
Started by Joanne Hutchins of Bayville, Moms Who Kick Inc. is a volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast and ovarian cancer research and prevention.
“I am promoting physical fitness and proper nutrition to lead a healthy lifestyle,” says Hutchins. She says she signed up for LI Fight for Charity last year and chose GCBC as her place to train.
“I’ve been here a year and a half, and I’m sticking around,” says Hutchins, 49, who still trains at the club and hopes to one day get her coaching license. “We’ve formed a partnership…this is my home. I’m also thankful to the boxing club because they will make donation to the charity.”
Established in 2005, GCBC is a non-profit dedicated to serving and training the Glen Cove Community free of charge. The gym is staffed by experienced coaches who are registered and certified with USA Boxing, as well as official volunteer coaches for the LI Fight for Charity. Residents from all across Long Island are welcome to train for a nominal fee. GCBC is located on the Carney St. extension adjacent to Glen Cove Child Day Care, off Rt. 107 South.
Visit www.MomsWhoKick.com for more information.