Harrisburg, PA – The State Athletic Commission (SAC) is hosting the Golden Gloves Tournament Finals on April 8. The program starts at 7 p.m. and will take place at the Midtown Arts Center in Harrisburg. This marks the second consecutive year the finals take place in Harrisburg. Prior to 2016, the event was last held in Pennsylvania’s capital city in 2004.
The tournament began this month with more than 600 amateur boxers and 10 match-ups spread out across the state. The winning boxers moved on to the Central, Eastern and Western Pennsylvania championship rounds. The winners from each region will compete in the Golden Gloves finals in Harrisburg next month.
“The Department of State is proud to host the Golden Gloves Tournament in Harrisburg for the second year in a row,” said Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés. “SAC Director Greg Sirb and the Commission work tirelessly with boxers and associated organizations to ensure compliance and the safety of the athletes.”
For more than 25 years, Sirb has led SAC, which regulates boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts, and kickboxing throughout the Commonwealth.
“Central Pennsylvania is home to many of boxing’s most loyal fans,” Sirb said. “This event gives them a chance to see bouts between the best amateur boxers in the state.”
With over 350 licensed boxers and over 400 licensed professional and amateur mixed martial arts boxers, the State Athletic Commission is among the top 10 commissions in the nation. In 2016, the Commission held the third highest number of boxing events in the country. The Commission is financially self-sufficient and generated $676,000 in net revenue in 2016, the third highest amount in SAC history.
Event finals champions will move forward to represent the Commonwealth at the national tournament April 30 – May 7 in Lafayette, LA.
The Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Finals is being held on April 8 at the Midtown Arts Center (1110 N. 3rd Street), 7 p.m. in Harrisburg.
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