The Road To The Golden Gloves
By Daniel Miltz, Doghouse Boxing (June 24, 2011) Doghouse Boxing
"It's the impact that the boxer makes in his time period, that is important. It all starts in the amateurs, where a kid learns the style and grace that will take him to glory."

"Since the first Golden Gloves tournament in 1923, the Golden Gloves of America, Inc. and its member franchises have provided an opportunity and environment for young athletes to develop lifetime skills. Hundreds of dedicated administrators, coaches, trainers and counselors have unselfishly spent countless times and effort to assist young people in the development of personal character and athletic skills. The Golden Gloves program has led the way in promoting amateur boxing in the United States and has produced the majority of competitors for America’s boxing teams in the Pan-Am and Olympic Games." (National Golden Gloves Of America/National Golden Gloves Official Website)

On Friday January 14, 2011, started the 65th annual Lowell Golden Gloves. This tournament event takes place at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts every year in and around the second week of January.

Every year in the Golden Gloves there is a new flock of boxers trying to work their way up from the bottom in hopes of advancing there way to top of the competition. The Gloves has been a tradition in New England since 1964, and sells out the Lowell Memorial Auditorium every year... "It's only there to give kids a way out of a lifestyle and to promote the sport of boxing along with good health, good training, exercise and confidence" remarked, a well known trainer of young men.

"One must consider in this day and age of boxing - boxers come and go, and fade into obscurity as fast as they came in. But there are a few exceptions that stand out, and they are few and far between. Who can say that one boxer in one era, and another in a far gone era is greater. Sometimes comparisons are hard to make."

When you win the Golden Gloves, you don't get paid, you get the respect of your community; that's very important to a young kid, it gives them confidence and pridefulness to build their life upon. Lowell, Massachusetts has a great tradition of boxing dating back 65 years ago.

When you go to a Golden Gloves show in Lowell, you know that it is unlike other boxing shows -- or any other sporting event in general. You know that there is electricity in the air, a certain charge that you get when you watch these fighters give every ounce of themselves for something that you can't see or touch.

The yearly event to the combatants is that, it's not about prizes; it's about pride. Many of the fighters who range in age from 17-34, are not even on a path to the pros or even the Olympics -- they are simply there to say they fought in the Golden Gloves.
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