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blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

With roots in the fight-to-the-death spectacles of Roman gladiator bouts, boxing has become a little more tame over the centuries.

But, it’s still not a sport for wimps: there will be vicious hooks, startlingly-fast jabs and enough blood and bruises to make you feel ashamed for thinking “Grudge Match” was violent.

Beginning at 5 p.m. today at Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo Golden Gloves will stage 26 different bouts—including one female match—to determine the 2014 Golden Gloves champions.

General admission tickets run for $25 at the door, while ring-side seats are an additional $10—but you’ll be so close you can practically feel each punch.

The chief sponsor is Carubba Collision, so if you’re a Sabres fan, you know that Carubba embraces contact.

Thanks to Buffalo Golden Gloves organizer Don Patterson, we’ve acquired the bout lineup for tonight:

The competitors all hail from New York State, but the regions represented are impressive: Niagara District Association, Adirondack Association, Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara Falls, Salamanca, Jamestown, Geneva, Syracuse, Watertown, Cortland, Albany, Schenectady, the Adirondacks, Ithaca, Elmira, Utica and Massena.

The boxers are separated into classes—novice, sub-novice and open—that are defined by boxing experience.

You can refer to the USA Boxing website for a little more information.

The number listed above the class of each bout refers to the maximum weight of the fighters—ranging from 123 pounds (the women) to 201 pounds.

As you can see from Buffalo Golden Gloves’ mission statement, amateur boxing is considerably more than just beating up the guy you’re pitted against.

Since its inception, Buffalo Golden Gloves has been committed to creating champions out of young men and women through the sport known as “the Sweet Science”. Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines champion as “one who has the attributes of a winner.” Buffalo Golden Gloves uses boxing as a tool to build character, enrich social development and gain athletic achievement.

Boxers are lithe, toned fighting machines—see the photos taken by Robin David Brown from the 2013 Buffalo Golden Gloves championships.

(All photos used are courtesy of Buffalo.com’s Robin David Brown).

TAGGED: boxing, buffalo golden gloves, don patterson, downtown, tralf music hall

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