PA Golden Gloves Finals Being Held May 7 in Harrisburg

HARRISBURG, Pa.– The Department of State’s State Athletic Commission (SAC) is hosting the Golden Gloves Tournament Finals on May 7, 2016.

The program starts at 7pm and will take place at the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg. This annual event has not been held in Pennsylvania’s capital city since 2004.

The tournament began in February 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 enthusiastic to have the Golden Gloves Tournament return to Harrisburg,” said Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés. “SAC director Greg Sirb works tirelessly with boxers and associated organizations to ensure compliance and safety of the athletes.”

For more than 25 years, Sirb has headed SAC, which regulates boxing, wrestling, mixed martial arts, and kickboxing throughout the Commonwealth.

“The talent and sacrifice displayed during this tournament have been nothing short of phenomenal,” said Sirb. “Hosting the event in Central Pennsylvania allows for more fans to come out and enjoy the sportsmanship and history of premiere boxing 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 ten commissions in the country. The Commission, which is financially self-sufficient, uses no General Fund monies.

It generated a record high $700,000 in net revenues in 2015.

Event finals champions will move forward to represent the Commonwealth at the national tournament May 16-21 in Salt Lake City, UT.

The Pennsylvania Golden Gloves Finals is being held at the Zembo Shrine, 7pm (3rd and Division Streets) in Harrisburg.

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