Tulsa is the host city for the 2022 Golden Gloves of America National Tournament of Champions Aug. 15-20, 2022. The prestigious national amateur boxing championship takes place at the Cox Business Convention Center. Tulsa’s Engine Room Boxing Gym, in collaboration with the Tulsa Sports Commission and the Kansas-Oklahoma Golden Gloves Franchise, will coordinate this national event for the second year in a row. The tournament is expected to draw over 500 coaches and boxers from across the United States.
Legendary professional boxers, “Irish” Micky Ward and Christy Martin, will be the VIP guests on the final night of the championship. They will participate in a private sponsor reception prior to the championship fights Sat. Aug. 20 and welcome the audience from the ring that evening before the fights begin.
Martin, whose life was the subject of a 2021 Netflix documentary, will also sign copies of her new book, Fighting For Survival, on Sat. Aug. 20 at 2 PM at Tulsa’s Magic City Bookstore.
“We are happy to host the Golden Gloves National Tournament for a second year in a row in Tulsa. Those who attended last year’s event saw live amateur boxing at its highest level. One of our own boxers, Neida Ibarra, took home a national title. We expect this year’s competition to be just as exciting,” says Aaron Sloan, President of Kansas Oklahoma Golden Gloves and owner of Engine Room Boxing Gym. “In addition to growing the sport of boxing in our state, we see this tournament as a great opportunity to showcase our city and all it has to offer to all of the fans and fighters at the event.”
Last year’s tournament had an estimated $2 million impact on the city. Male and female amateur boxers ages 18-40 from across the United States, representing 30 Golden Gloves franchises, competed in ten weight classes during the event, which is USA Boxing-sanctioned championship.
Those attending the 2022 National Tournament will also have the opportunity to demo the official Golden Gloves VR virtual boxing game during tournament hours. The game, which is being developed by Engine Room VR, a Tulsa tech start up, is set for release on Oculus and Steam platforms Dec. 25, 2022. Play, train and compete with the most immersive boxing experience available outside of a real gym.
Golden Gloves of America National Tournament of Champions
Aug. 15-20, 2022
Cox Business Convention Center, Tulsa OK
Tickets available at TicketStorm.com or at the door
For sponsorship opportunities & reserved ringside tables, contact Aaron Sloan at 918.289.0090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Signing with Christy Martin (free & open to the public)
Sat. Aug. 20, 2022; 2 PM
Magic City Books
221 E. Archer St., Tulsa OK
Official Golden Gloves VR Boxing Game Demo
Aug. 15- 20, 2022 during National Tournament Hours
Cox Business Center, Exhibit Hall C
2022 Kansas Oklahoma Golden Gloves Team
Jesus Franco/ Oklahoma City OK 125 lbs
Eric Valencia/ Garden City KS 139 lbs
Carlos Lewis/ Pierce Boxing Oklahoma City OK 147 lbs
Carlos Hernandez/ Engine Room Boxing Gym Tulsa OK 156lbx
Karlos Lizarraga/Engine Room Boxing Gym Tulsa OK 165 lbs
William Beckley/King Street Tulsa OK 176 lbs
Jacob Cox/ Reno County Boxing Hutchinson KS189 lbs
Jordan M Bartee/ Topeka KS 203 lbs
Tahj Abdul-Malik/ Sharron’s Boxing Wichita KS 203+ lbs
Elayna Rowe/Engine Room Boxing Gym Tulsa 125 lbs
Heather Lloyd/Engine Room Tulsa 139 lbs
Nikki Burleson/Rival Boxing Gym OKC
Danny Skipper/Engine Room Boxing Gym Tulsa
National Golden Gloves began in 1923 when Chicago Tribune Sports Editor Arch Ward conceived the idea of a newspaper sponsored citywide amateur boxing tournament. Champions were awarded a miniature golden glove. Many great professional boxers have launched their early athletic careers participating as amateurs in Golden Gloves tournaments. Golden Gloves continues to play a major role in the selection of representatives for the U.S. team in the Olympic Games. Previous host cities include Chattanooga, Omaha, Las Vegas, and Kansas City. Former National Golden Gloves champions include outstanding boxers like Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, and Oklahoma’s own Allan Green (2002), Eric Fields (2005 & 2006), Aaron Morales (2017) and Neida Ibarra (2021).
“Irish” Micky Ward is a former professional boxer who competed from 1985 to 2003. A three-time New England Golden Gloves champion boxer, he turned pro in 1985, winning his first fourteen fights and holding the WBU light welterweight title in 2000. Micky is widely known for his trilogy of fights with Arturo Gatti, two of which received “Fight of the Year” awards by The Ring Magazine, as well as his relentless pressure fighting style. Micky was portrayed by Mark Wahlberg in the 2010 film “The Fighter,” which was based on his early career.
Christy Martin is the most successful female fighter in boxing history. With an unprecedented 49 wins, she is a trailblazer who legitimized combat sports for women. Discovered by legendary promoter Don King, Martin went undefeated for nearly a decade, won the WBC world junior welterweight championship, and became the first female fighter to box on national television, premium cable, and pay-per-view. A member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Martin is CEO of Christy Martin Promotions and an advocate for domestic violence survivors and their children. Her life story is the subject of the 2021 Netflix documentary, “Untold: Deal with the Devil.”
About the Tulsa Sports Commission In 1993, the Tulsa Sports Commission (TSC) was created to attract and develop sporting events and conventions for economic impact on the Tulsa community. Since its inception, the TSC has accounted for more than $500 million in economic impact to the Tulsa region by helping attract, market and host championships and sports-related events and conventions to the region. The TSC is a founding member of the National Association of Sports Commissions and lives within the Tulsa Regional Tourism umbrella organization.
About Tulsa Regional Tourism Tulsa Regional Tourism is northeast Oklahoma’s premier accredited destination-marketing organization. Housed at the Tulsa Regional Chamber, it includes the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Tulsa Sports Commission, a sports sales and marketing organization; and the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture, an accredited film commission.
The Engine Room Boxing Gym www.engineroomboxing.com at 316 E. 11th Street is owned and operated by Aaron Sloan, a registered cardiac nurse, Vice-President of the Kansas-Oklahoma Golden Gloves franchise, and a USA Boxing-certified coach, judge and referee. The Engine Room offers competition and fitness training, as well as the Ready to Fight Parkinson’s Specific program. Developed by Coach Sloan in 2016, RTF is now the official therapy-boxing program of USA Boxing.