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Updated: June 5, 2017

Golden Gloves is the name of the annual amateur boxing competitions in the United States. The name refers to the national competitions and also to other local amateur competitions. It is open to any amateur boxer who is 16 or older and is a United States citizen.

Many Golden Gloves amateur boxing champs have become famous boxers. Former Heavyweight Champion of the World, Joe Louis, was a Golden Gloves Champion in 1934.  Other Golden Gloves champions include Muhammed Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Michael Spinks, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Oscar De La Hoya.  They all got their start in the Golden Gloves tournaments.

Winners of local Golden Gloves competitions fight in the national competition, called the Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions.

This year, an amateur boxer from Teaneck, New Jersey won the Golden Gloves 141-pound national crown. He is 19 year old boxer Aadam Ali, and The Bleacher Boys are interviewing him this week. Aadam trains with New Jersey boxing trainer Don Somerville, who The Bleacher Boys interviewed back in October.

I can’t wait to meet Aadam and ask him all about boxing and how it feels to be a champion. I just hope I don’t make him mad because I’m sure he’s a better fighter than I am!

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