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Paperwork KOs Falls in Golden Gloves

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Jay Mwamba Danny Falls bowed out of the New York Daily News Golden Gloves boxing tournament last week, a victim of bureaucratic procedure. "I was Kayoed because of paperwork," Falls said at the weekend, after failing to meet the New York Metro Amateur Boxing Association’s belated request for his registration from their Irish counterparts. Falls, who hails from County Tyrone, was unable to obtain the document from the Irish Amateur Boxing Association before his second-round match and was consequently barred from the Gloves. The 21-year-old was scheduled to fight in the second round of the 147-pound novice competition at St. Patrick’s Church in Brooklyn last Thursday. "The problem is that there was only four days [before the bout], which was very short notice. And without the letter, I couldn’t fight," he said. What irks Falls is that he was allowed to fight in the first place. "They let me fight in the first round, but then they come up with this," he said. "I can’t understand why." He added that he was extremely disappointed over his disqualification from the Gloves, the oldest and largest amateur boxing tournament in the United States. "I had trained hard and was determined to win," Falls said. Nonetheless, life goes on for the youngster. He’ll continue training at Gleason’s Gym in the hope of entering the New York Empire State Games in the summer. "Hopefully, everything will have been sorted out by then," he said.

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