But amateur boxing, especially the Golden Gloves, deserves better, especially given the hundreds of Olympic medalists and professional fighters who have proven themselves at events like the Alabama State Golden Gloves Boxing Championships.
The Alabama Gloves will be held at 7 p.m. on March 26 & 27 at the Shades Valley YMCA, located at 3551 Montgomery Highway in Homewood.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12 and will be available at the door. Kids under 5 are admitted free.
Some of the winners here will go on to fight in the regional Southern Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions.
And speaking of great fighters who got their start with the Golden Gloves, Deontay Wilder of Tuscaloosa—a bronze medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a professional heavyweight with a 7-0 record—will greet fans, pose for photos and sign autographs both nights of the tournament.
For information, call (205) 907-1752 or (205) 870-9622.