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February 6, 2014

Finding victory in defeat

Future bright for city boxers despite losses at Golden Gloves

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O’Connell got caught up fighting in close where he did not want to be, and he lost points for contact that lasted too long, called holding by the referee.

“The other guy was bigger and harder to move. Tom didn’t get out of the way,” Hebert said of O’Connell.

Hebert said he plans to continue training the boxers for next year’s Golden Gloves and join in boxing shows throughout the region.

The Golden Gloves matches begin every year in January and run though to the end of February. Scheduled fights in each class eliminate boxers until they reach the semi-finals and finals, when one boxer in each class takes a title. The novice class boxers do not enter the national finals, but those in the open class move ahead in the bouts, which end with a national championship in Las Vegas each year.

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