Danny defeated Nermin Zalic of the Motown Boxing Gym at the Chicago vs. Detroit Amateur Boxing event in Libertyville, IL, this weekend even though, at 142 lbs, Mr. Zalic belonged in a different weight class.
The Detroit boxer was strong and tall, so Danny fought from outside in the first round. Zalic landed one good jab and quite a few slaps to Danny’s head. When Danny easily slipped Zalic’s wild attempts toward the end of the round, they both knew the next round would be very different.
And it was. Danny repeatedly hit Zalic with rapid-fire combinations mixing head and body shots, and at one point Zalic’s headgear flew off. While they waited for the headgear to be put back on, Danny looked ready to charge across the ring, but round 2 ended just a couple of seconds after the fight resumed.
Midway through the third round Zalic’s body English was saying “I don’t want to do this anymore.” He either got tired or was hurt by the body shots Danny landed in vicious combinations. Danny also hit him on the head at will, leading with the right beautifully. To his credit, except for the occasional grunt, Zalic took the punishment without losing composure.
That night Danny showed he can punch above his weight, as they say, and won a well-deserved belt for a clear win. Fellow Lake Zurich resident and training partner Razvan Gavriluti, pictured above with Danny and coach Osh Esho, also won his bout decisively and contributed to Team Chicago’s 7 victories against Detroit’s 5.