Dijon Cissle learned the importance of defense in the N.C. Golden Gloves tournament.
The Fayetteville boxer rallied to decision John Jenkins of Raleigh in the 141-pound open division despite getting caught by a right that left him on one knee early in the first round. Cissle arose and battled into contention.
“I didn’t really see it coming,” he said. “I had my hands down and my coach told me not to hold my hands down because he’s way stronger and older than me. That’s the lesson I learned.”
Cissle, 18, a Douglas Byrd High senior, recovered in fine fashion by taking the initiative to Jenkins in the second round with quick jabs while avoiding big shots. Cissle opened the third round on the attack, using his reach advantage to land combinations that forced Jenkins to retreat.
“I just got back up, got on my bicycle until I recovered and boxed him,” Cissle said.
Kane Chitty of Charlotte had one of the more impressive efforts in the novice division with a second-round stoppage of Justine Rhedrick of Dyme Boxing in the 178-pound class. Chitty, a Garinger High senior, peppered Rhedrick with a series of shots before dropping him with an overhand right.
“There was a feeling-out period where I wanted to see where I was fighting,” Chitty said. “I wanted to keep the jab out, that good stuff.”
Chris Dawkins of Dyme Boxing outpointed Sandino Davis of Charlotte Boxing Academy by seizing the upper hand their 141-pound bout. Dawkins made better use of power shots in the third round, working his way up while moving forward.
“I stayed focused and not getting out of form,” he said. “Just stay with the fundamentals. My coach told me to keep the (jab) out there. He’s a short fighter and he was throwing haymakers the whole time, so I’ve got to use my reach.”