TULSA, Okla. — Tulsa will be host to the Golden Gloves of America National Tournament of Champions in 2020 and 2021, according to Aaron Sloan, vice president of the Kansas-Oklahoma Golden Gloves franchise and owner and head coach of Tulsa’s Engine Room Boxing Gym.
The prestigious national amateur boxing tournament will take place at the Cox Business Center on May 3-10, 2020 and May 1–9, 2021.
The Engine Room Boxing Gym, in collaboration with the Tulsa Sports Commission and the Kansas-Oklahoma Golden Gloves Franchise, will coordinate the event.
Male and female amateur boxers ages 18 to 40 from across the U.S. representing 30 Golden Gloves franchises will compete in 10 weight classes in the USA Boxing sanctioned event. The tournament is expected to draw more than 500 athletes and coaches each year.
Previous host cities include Chattanooga, Tenn., Omaha, Neb., Las Vegas, Nev., and Kansas City, Mo.
Former National Golden Gloves champions include outstanding boxers such as Muhammed Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Oscar De La Hoya.
“We are very excited to have the National Golden Gloves Tournament in Tulsa,” Sloan said. “Not only is this an excellent opportunity for our Oklahoma boxers, but it’s a boost to our local hotels and businesses. We believe this will help grow the sport in our state and region.
Fans will have a chance to experience live amateur boxing at its highest level, and we’ll have the chance to showcase our city to the many people traveling here from out of state.”
In anticipation of the 2020 tournament, Golden Gloves of America will hold its mid-year organizational meeting this September in Tulsa. Golden Gloves franchise delegates and members of the Golden Gloves National Board of Directors will travel to Tulsa for the meeting and to tour the city in advance of the May event.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Tulsa,” Tulsa Regional Tourism President Ray Hoyt said. “Through the incredible work and collaboration of Coach Sloan, The Engine Room and the Tulsa Sports Commission, Tulsa will host the National Golden Gloves Tournament in both 2020 and 2021.”