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Golden Gloves finals in new Amherst venue

No conflicts, no worries as the New York State Golden Gloves tournament comes to a close Saturday night at the Forvm.

The tournament, which resumes at 6 p.m., was originally scheduled to conclude next Saturday, the day of perhaps the last of the great fights when Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao battle on pay-per-view from Las Vegas.

The last round of state qualifiers into the national tournament got bumped up a week and moved from the Tralf in downtown Buffalo to the Forvm (pronounced FOR-um), 4224 Maple Road in Amherst, so that it wouldn’t interfere with viewing of the big fight.

Tickets for the Gloves cost $30 and $40 (ringside) and can be purchased at the Forvm box office.

“I think we should get a decent turnout,” state Golden Gloves President Don Patterson said. “This is our first time at the Forvm, but I think we’ll be OK.”

Regardless of location, the final round of the tournament could potentially be appealing to locals.

Fourteen out of the 16 scheduled fights on the card, including all six open class championship bouts, feature at least one boxer from the Buffalo area.

All winners will be crowned New York State Golden Gloves champions, but only the open division winners advance to the national tournament, which takes place May 11-16 at the Westgate Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

The card includes a Junior Olympics 132-pound bout between Griffin Tolsma (Victory Gym) and Landon Baxter of Syracuse, which is expected to open the card, and two match bouts.

In the open class, Joe Reed from Flare Center Boxing in Buffalo battles at 123 against Kishawn Stone from St. Martin’s of Rochester in the first open. The last open-class fight features super heavyweight Erik Rogers battling Brandon Lynch (Albany City Boxing).

“Whoever wins that match has a good shot at it at nationals,” Patterson said.

Rematches from last year’s open finals include 165-pound champion Wimont Woods against Tim Akeredolu from UB Boxing, and 132-pound champion Sequan Felton (St. Martin’s Rochester) against Jeffery Ngyout of Westside. Felton is a past national quarterfinalist.

Daniel Dejesus faces Abraham Nova of Albany at 141 open. At 152 pounds, UB Boxing’s Michael Christopher battles Jarred Nosewicz of Team Ultimate Athletics.