(Newark, NJ) – During a special presentation held at the Hall of Records, the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored Anthony Johns of Newark, New Jersey for winning the 2019 National Golden Gloves Championship in the Light Featherweight Division, in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Saturday, May 11, 2019.

The Commendation was co-sponsored by Freeholder Vice President Wayne Richardson and Freeholders At-Large Rufus Johnson and Romaine Graham. Freeholder Richardson introduced Anthony Johns to the audience and everyone in attendance took great pride in recognizing a “Son of Newark”.

Addressing the audience and Mr. Johns directly, Freeholder Johnson, also a Newark native stated,  “Whenever I see the younger generation doing something positive, it make me feel proud. I hope that all of us can show our younger generation a great positive example so that they can move forward. So I salute you.”

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Anthony Johns graduated from Barringer High School and has been competing as an amateur boxer since the age of nineteen. He has an exemplary record as an amateur boxer, winning the New Jersey Golden Gloves Championship four times, the New Jersey Diamond Gloves Championship four times, and finishing third in the 2018 National Golden Gloves. His father, Anthony Williams, also competed in the National Golden Gloves in 1998 and placed 2nd in the Featherweight Division. He dedicated his National Championship win to his father, and looks forward to the Olympic trials.

Anthony is under the tutelage of former Golden Gloves Champion, and current New Jersey Golden Gloves Director, Jose Rosario. Both he and his father train out of Rosario’s Aspira Boxing Gym in Newark. Upon accepting the award, he thanked his family, his friends, the Freeholders, and the people in attendance. He concluded by stating, “I want to thank God and my Father. I would not have this if it were not for him. I’m doing this for New Jersey…for Newark, New Jersey!”

In addition to his amateur boxing career, Anthony has also been a member of Laborers Local No. 55 for the past five years. Also in attendance to honor Mr. Johns were Freeholders Leonard Luciano, Robert Mercado, Carlos Pomares, Patricia Sebold, and Freeholder President Brendan Gill.