North Bergen hosts NJ Golden Gloves State Finals

The North Bergen Recreation Boxing Team competed at the amateur tournament

The annual NJ Golden Gloves State Finals was held at the North Bergen Recreation Center on Friday, June 24, and Saturday, June 25.

The Golden Gloves, a state and national amateur boxing tournament, has been running since the 1930s and produces boxers to compete on a national and Olympic level.

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After a meeting between NJ Golden Gloves President Dan Doyle, World Champion Danny McDermott, Mayor Nicholas Sacco, and Commissioner Hugo Cabrera, the NJ Golden Gloves found a home for their state finals in North Bergen.

Sacco attended the tournament alongside Commissioners Hugo Cabrera, Frank Gargiulo, and Julio Marenco, supporting the contestants. Also among the attendees were former wrestlers Freddy Curiel, who is a contestant from NBC’s “The Contender,” Joey Figueroa, and Julian Rodriguez.

The North Bergen Recreation Boxing Team was one of several teams to compete in this year’s tournament.

The North Bergen-based team was incepted back in May in conjunction with the township’s Recreation Department.

McDermott is the head coach of the program, which trains at his gym in the township known as Little Mac Boxing Club.

Team captain and 112-pound finalist Jacob Perez, 26, and junior Olympian and 139-pound boxer Gabriel Sauceda, 16, were declared winners of their bouts.

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