January 2010 action boxing BC
January 16 and 17 - BC Silver Gloves
The BC Silver Gloves has been active in BC since the Sixties, but it may not have the sparkle of the BC Diamond Belt tournament or the historical significance of the Seventy plus years of the BC Golden Gloves.
The Silver Gloves is an important tournament that allows novice boxers in the older age levels to test their ability prior to shooting for the Golden Gloves or other open senior competition.
It is unknown. at this stage, how many boxers and clubs will be in competition at the Silver Gloves tournament, but for some it will be an important first step to advance along the learning curve.
A look back in history is the 1968 Silver Gloves was the case of Nanaimo boxer Tony James who competed in the Silver Gloves then went onto the 1968 BC Golden Gloves. In his first bout in the Golden Gloves, Tony James faced 1967 Canadian Champion Wayne Boyce and did quite well, but lost on a close decision. However, Boyce also lost in the finals against the slick Portland boxer Ray Lampkin. In 1968, Lampkin was declared the Golden Boy and joined an interesting group of past Golden Boys from 1939 to 1967 such as Alan Curtis, Sammy May, Dick Findlay, Kalman Santosi, Eddie Haddad and others.