2009-04-24 / Sports

Hall Gets Energized To Win First Golden Gloves Title

By Elio Velez

Trevis Hall poses after his championship victory with his mother Donna. Trevis Hall poses after his championship victory with his mother Donna. Trevis Hall stood in his corner, admittedly with nervous energy as he waited for the opening bell at the WAMU Theater at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, April 16.

Hall's opponent, 17-year old Abdul Perry from Starrett City Boxing Club, had a similar idea. But when Perry came out of his corner once the bell rang like a house on fire.

But instead of falling prey and matching Perry's manic ring activity, the 22-year old Hall used his patience and guile to tire his younger opponent. Hall took control over the three rounds to record a 5-0 unanimous victory and win the Daily News Golden Gloves 125-pound novice championship.

The older Hall won his first ever championship after being knocked out the early preliminary rounds of the tournament in 2006. After a threeyear layoff, Hall said his return to the ring paid off this time because pf hard work and honing his boxing skills.

"This run was great. Three years ago I lost in the preliminaries. I got gassed," Hall said.

"I came through this year and I worked every day. I worked with my trainer Wally and Kevin and Kevin pushed me every day. I love him like a father. He's always been there. He believed in me and I believed in myself."

Though Perry controlled the opening minute of the first round, Hall wasn't damaged by his opponent. In the second round, Hall established his jab and pushed away Perry's attempts to close the ring off from his opponent.

"He's coming out but he seemed he didn't want fight or engage in any contact like that," Hall said. "I worked with what he gave me. I wish he would have been wanting to fight a little more."

Hall made enough punches and got the result he wanted. Though he may not have looked perfect in his first appearance in the Garden, it was a winning effort.

For Hall to have time to train for the Golden Gloves and win is a remarkable feat.

During the day, Hall makes the long commute from his Far Rockaway home to Long Island City, where he attends school at DeVry University.

Hall also has to make time for his job at McDonald's, where he earns money not only supporting himself but also his 18-month old daughter Taylor.

It's his daughter Taylor which provides inspiration for Hall to go through the long hours of work, school and also train throughout the week at the Cops N Kids Boxing Club in Jamaica.

"I worked hard to support my daughter. She keeps me driving," Hall said. "I feel I'm more mature. My style of fighting, I'm comfortable. I have a good work ethic. I like fighters who have that."

Crediting his improved maturity has made him create a path towards a long term goal. Next year, he will again compete in the Golden Gloves in the 125-pound open class.

Another victory at the Garden in 2010 could raise his hopes of competing for his native country Guyana in the 2012 Olympics held in London.

And he had more to celebrate three days after his championship win. Hall turned 23 years old and it's the best birthday present he can to jumpstart his Olympic dreams.

"I've worked hard and this is one step closer. I'm one of the few who got here to the Garden to fight and I'm happy to be here," Hall said.

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