Local boxers excited for Golden Gloves in Green Bay
GREEN BAY - After a year hiatus the Golden Gloves are back in Wisconsin.
"Crazy, it's going to be crazy," Soaring Eagles Boxing Club owner Billy Pochan said.
This year, in an effort to build exposure for the event, the tournament will call Titletown home.
"This will be the first year it's in Green Bay," promoter Alan King said. "We've moved it up here, we'd like to keep it up here. It depends on the support."
Inside the Soaring Eagles Boxing Club in Green Bay, these local fighters aren't pulling any punches.
"I'm going to kind of be nervous because a lot of people are going to be there," boxer Sai Maldonado said. "They're going to cheer and stuff, I'm just going to train hard and win and just be one of the best boxers in the world."
After fighting each other day after day, these local competitors are exciting to get into the ring with those from around the state.
"Even the kids who ain't fighting want to fight." Pochan said. "Everyday I get asked, "Do I get to fight, do I get to fight?" "It pushes them a lot."
Saturday's event is the beginning of a loaded 2018 Golden Gloves schedule at the historic Riverside Ballroom in Green Bay.
The tournament culminating with the championships on April 25th. For area boxers, these will be the biggest matches of their careers and it's in front of the hometown crowd.
"There are going to be a lot more people I know so they'll be expecting me to put on a great show," boxer Armani Hill said. "It's kind of what it brings."
In a city known for championships, the sport's biggest amateur event set to touch gloves. A taste of what they hope is a golden era of boxing in Green Bay.
"I would hope so, I would really like it to be," King said. "We're bringing it here, putting forth our best effort, to put on a good show. We're trying to work towards the future."