By Stefan Anderson
“Hardwork, focus and determination will get you to where you need to be” said APJ Owner and Trainer “Kap” Patterson.
With two of its fighters, Tyriece Stokes in 178 lb.division and Dominique Crowder in the 123 lb. division, to the New York Daily News Golden Gloves championship, the APJ Boxing Club is relishing on the moment and want to ride the momentum to carry their boxing gym to the next level.
After falling short in semifinals for the past two years, Crowder, earned the revenge he was seeking when he defeated Ariel Lopez from Gleason’s gym in Brooklyn, NY and is heading to the National Golden Gloves tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 16th.
Stokes, fell short in his title bout with Patrick Aristhene from Freeport PAL. Although he lost in the finals, Stokes has appreciated the lesson from his title fight and hopes to make the third time a charm similar to his teammate Crowder and capture the “Gloves” in the upcoming year.
Both boxers and their trainer “Kap” Patterson recap the experience at the Golden Gloves and what it meant for APJ Boxing Club. The trio along with the many fighters who train in APJ daily, are all working toward enriching the boxing culture amongst the city of Poughkeepsie, NY.
With the city’s first NY Daily News Golden Glove champion, it will certainly expand the sport along the small city on the Hudson River.