NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, February 19, 2016, 1:30 AM
The 123-pound and 152-pound Golden Gloves open divisions put their skills on display Thursday night in a packed gymnasium at the iconic New York Athletic Club.
Last year’s 152-pound open champ Brian Ceballo (NYAC) — fighting on his home turf — beat Christopher Sanders of Atlas Cops N Kids in dominating fashion, posting a second-round TKO.
“Hit and not get hit, move around, go in and out, apply the pressure when we have to,” Ceballo said. “It’s only the smart thing in boxing.”
“It feels great to fight here,” he said, “because The New York Athletic Club has been supporting me since I’ve been here (2011). They continue to support me, through my ups and my downs, and I’m happy to fight in front of a crowd that supports me.”
Ceballo, The P.C. Richard Boxer of the Night, picked his opponent apart. “My performance was all guided by my coach Robert Pergon. We had a game plan going into the fight. It was to go to the body first, slow him up a lil’ bit, then apply the pressure when he slowed down.”
The body shots came fast and early in the first round and the break down of Sanders soon followed.
In the second round, the 21-year-old Ceballo’s fast hands overwhelmed Sanders, forcing him to take cover and the ref to give a standing 8-count.
With his nose now dripping blood from Ceballo’s precise straight right hand, a second standing 8-count was given to Sanders, followed shortly by the ref calling the bout at 2:40.
“Floyd Mayweather is my favorite fighter. As you can see, Floyd doesn’t get hit. That’s what we want,” Ceballo said.
The Colony Pest Bout of the Night was the 123-open division fight between Carlos Vanegas of Champs BC and Salvatore Toner of DeMarco’s BC. Vanegas won 3-0.
The road to Barclays Center continues on Thursday at Holy Cross High School in Queens, with fights starting at 7:30 p.m.