…for the first
time ever, women are competing. How do you feel about that, Gill? Gill Clancy: Well, you know,
I really don’t like it, Sam. They remind me of like 11 or 12 year old kids. They don’t know how to get out of the way of a punch but they can still punch
and it can hit each other. They’re also gonna be in wars.>>I think what’s impressed me, Gill, is how dedicated they are.>>Oh, no question about it!
They’re all in excellent condition, they concentrate on their jobs, and they
will be ready to fight, but fight is what they will do!>>All right we got the Clancy
view. We’re gonna get the Burke view; the women’s view of how things will go in this tournament. There should be a lot of excitement. For that, let’s go to Kathy Burke.>>And, yes, we’re going to see a lot of action tonight and uncover a lot of stories. One of them is the women. We have to recognize that they are novices. They are very entertaining. I think the crowd is going to get into it. But keep in mind, they’re novices. You’re going to see less defense. They’re very aggressive and a
lot of action. Some of the stories we’ll uncover might be family stories. I know there’s a Judah family. They have six brothers and all two in this year’s
Gloves And tonight we get to see Zabdiel fighting for his second Golden Gloves
championship.>>Alll right! We are set to go! Boxing action is coming your way! We open up in the 106 pound novice class as the Golden Gloves championships begins! Women’s boxing! That is correct. Well, here they are, first time ever in
the Golden Gloves. That’s 31 year old Jill Matthews. Across the way, 30 year old
Dee Hamaguchi, and Hamaguchi, very important has been instrumental in getting the women accepted into the Golden Gloves. Here are the announcements:>>”Ladies and gentlemen, tonight’s next contest is the women’s 106 pound novice
class.” The referee is Manny Hernandez. In the gold corner, Jill Matthews, Wall Street Boxing Club. Matthews is a hairdresser, punk rocker, and a student at Hunter College. She used to be a gymnast and has been boxing for about a year-and-a-half. Tonight her record is one knockout and
one bye. In the blue corner, Dee Hamaguchi, from Gleason’s Gym. Hamaguchi is the
one who started women’s boxing at the Gloves. She won the Metros by a walkover.
Hamaguchi is a martial arts instructor and has a black belt in judo. Her record
two byes.>>Dee Hamaguchi, a graduate of Yale University with a degree in architecture. Referee: Obey the rules!>>Let’s see if it does her any good once the bell rings.>>All right, to start with…>>Yes, go ahead…>>Gill, do they look like they’re in shape?>>Absolutely!>>Ok, they look like athletes to me. [bell rings]>>Here we go! Two minute rounds. Jill Matthews, on the attack! And that is a knockdown!>>It looked to be more of a push>>But it’s been ruled a knockdown, the standing eight-count. Matthews is a southpaw, which makes things a little more difficult and very aggressive! And on the attack! Wow! And a standing eight count! Manny Hernandez stepping in. One more, and this bout is over. Either a standing eight count or a knockdown will end this fight; one more in this round.>>If I had to compare this to anything, Sam, I would compare it to the very early rounds of the Golden Gloves. I don’t even want to talk over this! Matthews has the reach advantage. She’s
using it. She’s won the fight! She’s stopped Hamaguchi! [Referee counts] It should be over. Third knockdown; this fight should be over. [Referee counts: “Six, seven, eight” Well, it IS over. Alright, the official count was made and it is over. We have a very aggressive Jill Matthews [loud whistling & cheering] representing the Wall Street Boxing Club. She is married, been boxing for a year-and-a-half. That was a pretty impressive show, I thought, Gill.>>It goes to show you, though, Sam, that the college education didn’t mean a thing.>>No.>>But the one thing that I did notice, Sam, as I mentioned before, there’s just virtually no defense Matthews won the fight. She’sscored a knockout. She throws a lot of punches. Every punch she threw with her head way up in the air.>>But as Kathy said, Gil, I think the thing to remember or compare them to is the young novice fighter.>>You know, I would compare them to, as I had mentioned earlier, I would compare as the younger
boys; boys like 14 years old and who’ve been training, could be training, for six, seven months but that’s one of the habits that you have to break is every time you throw a punch you put your head up in the air. And I noticed that most women boxers do not… Jill Matthews, with her second knockout
victory in the Gloves. and she is the first women’s Golden Gloves champion! Here’s the official announcement:>>Ladies and gentlemen, at 1:11 of the first round, referee Manny Fernandez stops the contest. The winner of the women’s 106
pound novice class is from the gold corner; Jill Matthews! [loud cheering and applause from the audience] A student at Hunter College, a hairdresser from Manhattan Jill Matthews, is our first women’s Golden Gloves champion! winning and 106 pounds. Back with more in a moment.