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Put the dukes up: Golden Gloves boxing in Buffalo

blog by Spencer Trotman  • 

Some say boxing is a perishing sport—not true, well, at least not true to the die-hard fan.

There are still many talented fighters across the globe, even in your backyard. Luckily, Buffalo is able to host the best amateur fighters this weekend. Beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Tralf Music Hall welcomes the New York State Golden Gloves Finals.

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Saturday’s fighters aim to solidify a spot in the National Golden Gloves Tournament, running May 11 to 18 in Salt Lake City, Utah—the victor in each weight class will seal a berth. The Golden Glove Finals will feature 10 weight classes from flyweight to super heavyweight. How will New York’s representatives fair on the big stage?

Don’t worry that New York City, a major boxing hub, will steal all of Western and Central New York’s thunder—there’s a separate “Metro” entry tournament, but winners from Saturday’s bouts must eventually storm through NYC’s best in Utah to win an overall title.

From the official website, here are the various regions participating in the New York State Golden Gloves Finals:

Participants will come from the Niagara Association and Adirondack Association, Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara Falls, Salamanca, Jamestown, Geneva, Syracuse, Watertown, Cortland, Albany, Schenectady, Adirondacks, Ithaca, Elmira, Utica, Massena, and all surrounding areas.

The Golden Gloves can make or break a young fighter. They train intensely to compete amongst the elite in their weight class. It pits will vs. will, toughness vs. toughness, strength vs. strength.

The casual viewer may just think of boxing as two people throwing a cluster of punches at each other. But it takes skill, technique and a strategy. How quickly can the boxer recognize his opponent’s weakness and take advantage before he’s vulnerable?

Take a look of what you can expect this Saturday from a past Golden Gloves:

Whether you’re a passionate fan or a curious on-looker, downtown Buffalo will showcase New York’s best in the ring at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Tralf box office. Come and watch ringside—no worries, it’s not as painful as it looks.

(See the rest of Robin David Brown’s outstanding gallery here).

TAGGED: boxing, golden gloves, new york state golden gloves finals, tralf music hall

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