Macon is the center of amateur boxing in Georgia this weekend.
The Georgia Junior Olympics and Golden Gloves Championship began Saturday afternoon at the Macon-Bibb United Boxing and Conditioning Club at Freedom Park. The tournament will continue into the evening and Sunday, and championship bouts will be held next weekend.
It’s a walk-up tournament, so it was a couple of hours late getting started while the brackets were worked out. But now that the bracket is set the action should begin at 1 p.m. each day for the rest of the tournament, lasting about a couple of hours, said Dale “Doc” Doughtery, director of the Macon-Bibb Recreation Department.
Saturday’s action features 31 3-round bouts in the single elimination tournament. Those 16-years-old and under are competing in the Junior Olympics, while the older fighters are competing in the Golden Gloves. The winners in both classes will go to separate region tournaments and if they win there they can go to the national tournament.
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Macon sent four fighters to the national Golden Gloves tournament last year, before there was a facility for the train.
“We are hoping to send more this year,” said Earnest Butts, the head trainer at the boxing club.
The Golden Gloves is usually held in the Atlanta area but was moved to Macon this year because of its location. It will be the third tournament held since the boxing club opened in September.
Tickets to the tournament each day are $10.
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