Georgetown gets in the ring at championship

August 8, 2016 by  

Residents in Georgetown are going to the mat for a chance to see some of the best amateur boxing in the region.

The Sixth Annual Sterling Gloves Amateur Boxing Competition is a two-day event aimed at increasing public exposure for nonprofessional boxers.

The event was started by six-time world amateur boxing champion Herb Fulton, who wanted to provide more opportunities for amateur male and female boxers to show off their talents in a public venue. First beginning with an audience of 400 in 2010, the event has grown by leaps and bounds in the interim, with an expected crowd of 2,500 this year.

The fights are open to amateur boxers aged 17 and up in classes from featherweight all the way to heavyweight. There is a required weigh-in, and no weight jumping will be allowed. The champion in each class on each day will receive a belt. Unopposed champions will receive free promotional products including a T-shirt, poster, and trophy. Slots are still open for boxers, who can register by downloading a form online. Cost for competing is $25.

The Sterling Gloves Annual Boxing Competition will be held on August 27 and 28, starting at 2:00 pm at Georgetown High School, located at 221 N. Austin Ave. Admission costs $10 for adults and $6 for students. Anyone interested in more information should visit the website.