The Daily News Golden Gloves Relocates to Barclays Center in BrooklynApr 3, 2012
BROOKLYN – The Daily News Golden Gloves, the nation’s largest and most prestigious amateur boxing tournament, will relocate to Barclays Center in Brooklyn when it holds its two-day Finals event in April 2013.
“The Golden Gloves will be the lynchpin of our grass-roots boxing program at Barclays Center,” said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “While Golden Boy Promotions will bring the best of professional boxing back to Brooklyn, we are excited to host such a New York institution as the Daily News Golden Gloves. There’s a rich heritage of boxing in Brooklyn and we are thrilled to make the sport a major part of our new arena.”
Since its inception, the iconic Daily News Golden Gloves has produced many boxing greats, including World Champions Emile Griffith, Jose Torres, Floyd Paterson, Howard Davis, and Brooklyn natives Riddick Bowe and Mark Breland, who won five Golden Gloves titles and a gold medal at the 1984 Olympic Games.
”The Daily News is excited to announce that the iconic Golden Gloves Finals will take place at the new Barclays Center in 2013, beginning an exciting new chapter in the rich history of the tournament,” said Daily News CEO Bill Holiber. “The Barclays Center will bring a new excitement to the sport of boxing and as a true partner of the Golden Gloves, will help the Daily News continue our strong tradition of supporting amateur boxing in New York.”
The Golden Gloves tournament, which will celebrate its 86th anniversary at Barclays Center, begins with
several weeks of elimination bouts held throughout the New York metropolitan area beginning annually in January and then culminates with the Finals at the Barclays Center, where male and female championship bouts will be held over two days in April.
Opening on September 28, 2012, Barclays Center will launch with a three-month grand opening celebration, which will include a major professional boxing event. In July of 2010, Barclays Center formed a programming alliance with Golden Boy Promotions, the world’s leading boxing promoter and whose president is Oscar de la Hoya. As part of the partnership, Barclays Center will hold at least one boxing event a month, in addition to the Daily News Golden Gloves Finals.