Bryan O'Connor and Rafael Musse spent
some time alone on Valentine's Day, getting close to one
another and even embracing a few times.
But no one at the South Jamaica PAL last night would
confuse the two for a couple. When the 132-pound novices
met in the ring, they landed quick exchanges and a few
glancing blows in their three-round bout in the Daily
News Golden Gloves.
O'Connor (Webster PAL) attacked Musse (Suffolk PAL)
with his jab and forced his way inside to land a few
damaging overhand rights, including a flurry before the
final bell to lock up the decision for the 16-year-old.
The P.C. Richard & Son Boxer of the Night is half
Puerto Rican and half Irish and boxing runs through 100%
of his blood. "My father is a coach and my mom is a
ref," said O'Connor, whose brother, Michael, won the
141-pound novice Gloves title last year. "My whole
family knows that I'm going to win this."
In other 132-pound action, Jarrell Warren, out of
Newburgh BC, had to chase William Uy, fighting out of
Yonkers YMCA, all over the ring but caught him with
enough jabs and rights to earn the three-round decision.
Super heavyweight Mark Jackson, weighing in at 308
pounds, made everything look easy in his three-round win
over Steven Stahlman, out of Lost Battalion BC.
Jackson, out of Bettinelli's Community Boxing
Academy, used his overhand right in the third to open a
scut under Stahlman's nose, which helped seal the
The Gloves continues Friday at New South Bronx
(Longwood) PAL. First bout, 8 p.m.
The Daily News printed incorrect results of two Gloves
fights in Friday's editions. Eric Vincente, 132-pound
novice out of Brotherhood BC, defeated Jose P. Coles of
New Bed-Stuy BC in a three-round decision. Francisco
Sanchez, 178-pound novice fighting out of Westside BC,
defeated Jose Mieles, out of Red Hook Recreational, in a
three-round decision Thursday.
published on February 15, 2006