Prestigious boxing tournament comes to Springfield

The Western New England Golden Gloves Championships will be held at the MassMutual Center.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Western New England Golden Gloves Championships are back in western Massachusetts!

The Western Massachusetts Golden Gloves was a boxing program that was brought to Holyoke for at-risk youth, providing them with an alternative to the streets.

The program eventually merged with Connecticut’s program, and became the Western New England Golden Gloves. For a while, tournaments were in Connecticut. However, this year, the tournament will be held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

It’s something former Golden Gloves champion Patrick Ireland says he’s looking forward to attending. “Many, many, many boxing fans are thrilled about this event. I couldn’t be happier having it here…I wish it was here when I was fighting!” Ireland said.

The tournament schedule is as follows:

  • Preliminaries, Friday, January 9, 2015
  • Quarterfinals, Friday, January 16, 2015
  • Semifinals, Friday, January 23, 2015
  • Finals, Saturday, February 7, 2015

All weigh-ins begin at 5:00 p.m. with the first bout at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.wneboxing.com.

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