There will be a new open class super heavyweight New York State Golden Gloves champion this year.
Patrick Thompson made sure of that Saturday when he beat defending champion Drew Graziadei of Casal’s Boxing via decision in the main event of the opening round of the annual tournament at The Tralf.
Thompson, who fights out of Buffalo-based WNY MMA, advanced to the next round of the Gloves, which will resume Feb. 16 at The Tralf.
Dante Palmer of Lackawanna Boxing won his open class bout at 141, beating UB Boxing’s Jack Grady by decision. Joe Shell of Geneva earned the decision over David DeJesus of West Side Boxing at 132.
There were 21 bouts scheduled for the start of the state tournament, which wraps up with third- and final-round fights March 30 and April 27.
Only open class champions advance to nationals May 13.
Several Buffalo-area boxers held their own in the non open-class bouts, led by West Side Boxing Club’s Anthony Woodworth’s first-round stoppage of Ryan Mitchell in a 152-pound sub novice fight.
Other West Side Boxing Club competitors to win included Rodney Bulls at 165 sub novice and 141-pounder Alvis Colon. Also at 141 sub novice, Joe Tardibuono of Casal’s Boxing Club of Niagara Falls stopped Najer Sanford of St. Martin’s in the first round. Tim Akeredolu of UB Boxing advanced in 165-pound sub novice. Buffalo-based Flare Bomb Squad boxers Corderal Thompson (heavyweight sub novice) and Duane Williams (heavyweight novice) also won, Thompson advancing via first-round stoppage. David Rivera of Northwest Community Center also won via KO.