Athletes go for the gold at the 77th Annual Golden Glove championships

The 77th Annual Daily News Golden Glove Championships was back in the Bronx for the final time this year.

In the ring, Alvin Acosta from Webster PAL took on Ashante Hendrickson from Long Island in the quarterfinals of the 152-pound open division. Acosta was sluggish at the start but connected enough power shots to pull out a close 3-2 decision.

In other action, Bronx resident Jeffrey Burgos took on Mervin Santana in the semifinals of the 112-pound novice division. Neither was giving an inch, but in the end Santan won the decision.

Open division semifinals in the 201-pound division pitted Richard Nazario against Manny Gonzalez. It was in your face action but Nazario was more active and accurate, winning an easy 5-0 decision. And finally in the open division, Guerino Girardi took on Kevin Boswell, who won by a 5-0 decision.

The winners will now head to the finals, which are set for April 15 and 16 at Madison Square Garden.

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