17 year-old Francis Donnelly (gold) connects.
The Village of Piermont came out in force to support one of their own as 17 year old Francis Donnelly fought in his first New York Daily News Golden Gloves Tournament fight at the Joseph T. St. Lawrence Community, Health and Sports Center.
Donnelly, a student at Tappan Zee High School came out swinging against his opponent Jason Pabon who fights out of the World Wide Boxing Gym in da Bronx. Donnelly dominated from the outset.
Piermont Police Chief and newly sworn in Rockland County Police Chief Association President Michael O’Shea, an experienced pugilist in his own right, hit the nail on the head when he described Donnelly as a “Kid with the face of an altar boy but the heart of a lion.”
Fighting out of the Piermont PAL, an organization the O’Shea has been an instrumental part of for years; Donnelly has been doing a lot of road work and showed up in excellent shape. From the opening bell he started off by aggressively stalking Pabon, constantly moving forward while unleashing flurry after flurry of offense firepower, overwhelming his opponent at times. Donnelly also showed that he could take a punch as Pabon came on strong in the third round but the effort clearly wasn't enough to come close to winning the match in the judges eyes.
The date & time of Donnelly’s next Golden Gloves bout is still unknown but with the heart of a lion, a strong chin and a never-quit attitude, expect this young man to continue to make Piermont proud.