Sanctioned by The USA Boxing
January 28, 2018 & Finals May 6, 2018
The Buffalo Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament will start at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., Buffalo. The tournament, which has 10 weight classes for males and 10 for females, features participants from ages 19 through 40.
The annual tournament offers people a chance to see the best boxers not just locally, but in the entire state other than New York City. “Boxing can be beneficial for both the mind and the body,” said Buffalo Golden Gloves coordinator Don Patterson. “It builds physical and mental endurance, reduces stress, and can teach one to stay poised and under control in taxing situations. Buffalo Golden Gloves helps young men and women develop these skills while providing the necessary guidance to make them confident members of the community.”
Buffalo Golden Gloves also includes boxers from the Niagara District, Rochester, Niagara Falls, Salamanca, Lockport, Jamestown, Geneva, Syracuse, Cortland, Watertown, Albany, Schenectady, the Adirondacks, Ithaca, Elmira, Utica, Massena and all surrounding areas outside New York City. The Golden Gloves originated in 1923 in Chicago and New York City. It came to Buffalo in 1928 and has been to other locations in the state over the years. Previously, the Golden Gloves was in Syracuse from the 1970s until 2009, when Patterson took over the franchise and brought it back to Buffalo.
Other than the Buffalo Golden Gloves, there are 30 other franchises in the nation, including places such as Washington, D.C., Cincinnati, St. Louis, Kansas City, California, Michigan and Colorado. Buffalo Golden Gloves uses boxing as a tool to build character, enrich social development and gain athletic achievement, says Patterson.
The 2018 Buffalo Golden Gloves Tournament will begin at 3 p.m Sunday, Jan. 28, at Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St., Buffalo.
“We are able to impact the lives of young men and women through a sport and teach them the lessons that are going to make them good citizens,” Patterson said. “Golden Gloves in my opinion is the crown jewel of boxing. You won’t find too many people anywhere you go, where you mention ‘Golden Gloves’ and they don’t know what you mean.”
Patterson said Buffalo Golden Gloves helps young people become winners in the sport as well as in life.
“This is done through physical training, boxing instruction, academic support and cultural enrichment. The end result is a more well-rounded person, as well as a quality athlete,” he said.
All entries for the Buffalo Golden Gloves must be submitted by Friday, Jan. 12. Entry forms can be found at www.buffalogoldengloves.com.
After opening day at RiverWorks, the quarterfinals will also be held at RiverWorks in February and March, with dates and times still to be determined. The semifinals will be in April and the finals will be on May 6, also at River- Works.
Winners from each open weight class will get to compete at the National Golden Gloves Tournament from May 14 through 19 in Omaha, Nebraska.
“It’s great competition and great camaraderie,” Patterson said. “I was involved in boxing right from an early age, so it’s nice to be entrusted with the Golden Gloves and keep it here in Buffalo. It is something I see as an honor to keep this tradition alive, and I think it is really starting to grow.”
The Buffalo Golden Gloves Tournament is sponsored by Carubba Collision. Tickets are $25 for general admission in advance and $30 at the door. For ringside seats, it is $35 in advance and $40 at the door. VIP tickets are $45 in advance and $50 the day of the event.
Tickets are available at Doris Records, 883-2410; Carubba Collision, 876-0700; or online HERE or buffalogoldengloves.com.
Buffalo Golden Gloves is sanctioned by USA Boxing. To learn more about the Buffalo Golden Gloves, contact Patterson at 400-9697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February – Quarter Finals
March – Quarter Finals
April – Semi Finals