Newburgh Boxing Club standout Jaime Estrada qualified for the prestigious U.S. Championships by winning the Northeast Regional 123-pound title on Saturday at Lake Placid.
Estrada, 18, of New Windsor, drew a bye to the final before recording a narrow three-round decision over New England’s Dominic Lessier. Estrada won by a score of 3-2 from the five judges to reach the nationals in April in Spokane, Wash.
“He was sharp,’’ trainer Ray Rivera said of Estrada. “In the third round, he buckled down and made it happen. We have a little more work that we have to do, but we are going to the big show now. ’’
Estrada said he got off to a fast start and probably had his best round in the first. Estrada combated a height and reach disadvantage by outboxing, and perhaps outsmarting, his opponent.
“He was trying to get me to throw so he could counter,’’ Estrada said. “But I got him to throw and I countered. The kid was tough. I knew I won every round – I was confident about that. The first round, I set the tone and made him catch up. I countered over his jab with my right hand.’’
Estrada now awaits his schedule for the Daily News Golden Gloves tournament that began a couple weeks ago. Estrada, fighting at 123 pounds, looks to regain the Gloves title he won in 2011 before losing in the preliminaries last year.
“I feel good going into it,’’ he said. “Everyone told me that I looked good out there. But I just have to keep working.’’
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