Defending champion Jaime Estrada dominated his preliminaries bout on Tuesday in the Daily News Golden Gloves boxing tournament. Estrada, of New Windsor and the Newburgh Boxing Club, beat Joshua Gonzalez of the Bronx 5-0 in the 123-pound division.
Estrada clearly won all three rounds and forced Gonzalez to take a standing eight count in the first round. “I’ve been working on some things that I applied in the fight,’’ Estrada said. “Body work, controlling the pace of the fight. It was my type of fight.’’
Estrada, 19, last fought in January in the Gloves nationals. He lost a tough first-round bout to Sharone Carter of St. Louis, 2-1. Carter went on to lose in the final. “I thought that I won the fight,’’ Estrada said.
There was no such uncertainty over the result on Tuesday. Estrada won the 123-pound title in 2011 before losing in the prelims in 2012. He reclaimed the title last year, and faces a big challenge in trying to win his third title in four years.
“There are a lot of champions, four or five champions (at 123 pounds), six including myself,’’ Estrada said. “It’s going to be tough, but hey, nothing comes easy in life.’’
“He’s the favorite,’’ said Ray Rivera, Estrada’s trainer. “There are some good guys in there, and we are taking each one seriously. Jaime has worked hard, so he’s ready.’’
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