Boxer Cottingham headed to Golden Gloves Nationals
Pawhuska heavyweight Ben Cottingham and other members of the Kansas-Oklahoma (K-O) boxing team were to leave Monday for the Golden Gloves national tournament in Utah.
Local fighting instructor Earl Gilkey, who trains Cottingham, said the team would be taking a commercial flight from Wichita to Salt Lake City. Gilkey intends to be in attendance at ringside.
The 2016 National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions is scheduled to run through Saturday night, May 21, at SLC’s Salt Palace.
Cottingham, 26, returned to the ring earlier this year and was uncontested for the spot on the K-O team. Fighting as a middleweight, he had competed in the 2012 U.S. National Championships while trying for a spot on the Olympic Boxing Team.
Arch Ward, the sports editor of the Chicago Tribune, conceived the idea for a citywide amateur boxing tournament in 1923. Within a few years, it developed into a national event. The tourney got its name because the awards the champions receive contain a gold miniature boxing glove.
Past Golden Glove champions have included: 175 pound Joe Louis, Detroit, 1934; heavyweight Charles (Sonny) Liston, St. Louis, 1953; 175 pound Cassius Clay, Louisville, 1959; 132 pound Ray Leonard, Washington, D.C., 1973; 156 pound Michael Spinks, St. Louis, 1974; 200 pound Michael Tyson, New York, 1984; 139 pound Roy Jones, Knoxville, 1986; 125 pound Oscar De LaHoya, Los Angeles, 1989; 112 pound Floyd Mayweather, Michigan, 1994; 156 pound Jermain Taylor, Mid-South, 1999.