HAVERHILL — A second-round knockout and a third-round split decision win brought the boxing business back to Haverhill last week, with two victories at the Golden Gloves boxing competition in Lowell.
Edwin Rozon and Thomas O’Connell from Haverhill Downtown Boxing, fought their first Golden Gloves matches in the Novice Class. That puts each boxer one victory closer to a position in the Open Class, a higher level of boxing competition.
In Friday night’s middleweight match against Cyle Georgoulis from Lowell’s West End Gym, O’Connell won his first Golden Gloves match in less than two minutes into the second round. The knockout decision came after O’Connell’s last punch sent Georgoulis’ mouthpiece into the second row seats of spectators.
“That mouth piece took off like a shot. It flew across the ring and out into the seats,” said Josh Couture, a fellow Haverhill boxer.
A new fighter with only nine months of training, the 21-year-old O’Connell fought in the 165-lb. weight class.
O’Connell entered the fight feeling out his opponent with jabs.
In the second round, “I stunned him,” O’Connell said.
“I started putting on the pressure with hits to the body,” O’Connell said. “I did it the way they trained me.”
O’Connell stepped under Georgoulis’ punches.
“I ducked, and that’s when I hit him with a left to the body, then a right hook. Then I came up and hit him in the head,” O’Connell said.
Earlier in the night, Rozon fought in the 141-lb. weight class where he beat Matt DiFraia from Firicano Boxing and Fitness Center in Stoneham, in a three-round split decision.
“His first fight (was) his first win,” said Ray Hebert, a trainer and partner in Haverhill Downtown Boxing.
Hebert and his partner entered five of the club’s boxers — Couture, O’Connell, Rozon, Geraldo Torres and Isaiah Colon — into the Golden Gloves. But they do not know who will be picked by the committee to fight until the Wednesday before the bout.
The Golden Glove championships will continue on Friday.