Golden Gloves

Golden Gloves

Golden Gloves
Background information
Also known as Golden Gloves of America, GG's
Years active 1928–present
Website GoldenGloves.com
USABoxing.org

The Golden Gloves is the name given to annual competitions for amateur boxing in the United States. The Golden Gloves is often the term used to refer to the National Golden Gloves competition, but it also can represent several other amateur tournaments, including regional golden gloves tournaments and other notable tournaments such as the Intercity Golden Gloves, the Chicago Golden Gloves, and the New York Golden Gloves.

The national contest is sponsored and controlled by the Golden Gloves Association of America, Inc. Winners from regional Golden Gloves competitions compete in the national competition, called the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions. The Tournament of Champions is held once a year, and a new tournament site is selected annually. The US Golden Gloves program is currently organized on a territorial basis to give all sections of the country representation. All tournaments are planned, promoted and directed by the Golden Gloves Charities and within the limits of the amateur boxing code.

The Golden Gloves are open to all non-professional pugilists age 16 and over. There is also a Silver Gloves amateur tournament, which is for amateur pugilists age 10 to 15 years old.

Contents

USA Franchises[1]


Alabama Golden Gloves
Chicago Golden Gloves[2]
Cincinnati Golden Gloves
Cleveland Golden Gloves, http://www.clevelandamateurgg.com
Colorado-New Mexico Golden Gloves
Detroit Golden Gloves
Florida Golden Gloves, http://floridagoldengloves.org
Hawaii Golden Gloves
Indiana Golden Gloves
Iowa Golden Gloves
Kansas City Golden Gloves, http://www.kcgoldengloves.com
Kansas-Oklahoma Golden Gloves
Knoxville Golden Gloves
Michigan Golden Gloves, http://www.michigangoldenglovesboxing.com
Mid-South Golden Gloves
Nevada Golden Gloves
New England Golden Gloves
New Jersey Golden Gloves, http://www.njgoldengloves.com
New York Metro Golden Gloves, http://www.usaboxingmetro.com
Omaha Golden Gloves
Pennsylvania Golden Gloves, http://www.pagoldengloves.com
Rocky Mountain Golden Gloves, http://www.utahgoldengloves.org,http://www.rockymountaingoldengloves.org
St. Louis Golden Gloves
Syracuse Golden Gloves
Texas Golden Gloves, http://www.texasgoldengloves.com
Toledo Golden Gloves
Tri-State Golden Gloves
Upper Midwest Golden Gloves
Washington, D.C. Golden Gloves
Wisconsin Golden Gloves

Around the World

Other countries have similar amateur boxing awards, such as Mexico's Guantes De Oro (literally "Gloves Of Gold" in Spanish).

Diamond Belt

In the past certain amateur tournaments would award the victor with a Diamond Belt as recognition of their amateur championship status. These tournaments were sponsored by various organizations and newspapers in the U.S. with the Philadelphia Inquirer being one of the more notable. Notable Diamond Belt winners include George Foreman, Bobby Chacon, Jimmy McCarter, and Lou Brooks. Mathew Porcellino

Pacific North West Golden Gloves

Four major Golden Gloves annual tournaments that have taken place include: BC Golden Gloves,[3] Tacoma Golden Gloves, Seattle Golden Gloves and Oregon Golden Gloves. Some notable Canadian boxers to win championships in two or more of the four locations include Frank Albert Scott, Freddy Stephen Fuller, Earl McLeay, Dick Findlay and Clint Page from the Sixties.[4] Mathew Porcellino

BC Golden Gloves

The annual Golden Gloves tournament in British Columbia, Canada has been a regular event since 1939. The first BC Golden Gloves champions were: Alan Dunn, Bob Hickey, Eric Burnell, Henry Devine, Kenny Lindsay, Phil Vickery and Wayne Morris[5]

Regional and Special Tournaments

From time to time, there have been special tournaments or regional Golden Gloves tournaments. One that operated from 1954 to the early Sixties was the Vancouver Island Golden Gloves.[6] The first Vancouver Island Golden Boy was Victoria's Bert Wilkinson in 1954.[7] Some of the history was documented in various issues of the "Vancouver Island Boxing News" in 1983, and the "BC Amateur Boxing News" between November 1983 and January 1986. Also, a poster of the 1954 tournament and a photo of Bert Wilkinson was recently used in a video for the induction ceremony of the Greater Victoria Hall of Fame held in November 2009.

See also

List of Former Golden Gloves Champions, by division:

  • National Golden Gloves Super Heavyweight Champions
  • National Golden Gloves Heavyweight Champions
  • National Golden Gloves Light Heavyweight Champions
  • National Golden Gloves Middleweight Champions
  • National Golden Gloves Light Middleweight Champions
  • National Golden Gloves Welterweight Champions
  • National Golden Gloves Light Welterweight Champions
  • National Golden Gloves Lightweight Champions
  • National Golden Gloves Featherweight Champions
  • National Golden Gloves Bantamweight Champions
  • National Golden Gloves Flyweight Champions
  • National Golden Gloves Light Flyweight Champions
  • National Golden Gloves Champions By Year All Divisions

References

  1. ^ Golden Gloves of America official website, http://www.goldengloves.com
  2. ^ Chicago Golden Gloves
  3. ^ BC Amateur Boxing News
  4. ^ "Vancouver Sun", January 27, 1968
  5. ^ 1984 BC Amateur Boxing Annual, editor Brian Zelley, president George Armson, September 1984
  6. ^ Howard Curling, former Vancouver Island Amateur Boxing Commissioner
  7. ^ "The Victoria Daily Times, 1954

8. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1842&dat=19930801&id=lV0eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=VcgEAAAAIBAJ&pg=1903,55072

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