By Julie Watson | July 11, 2019, 11:10 a.m. (ET)

TULSA, Okla. July 11, 2019 – Tulsa will host the Golden Gloves of America National Tournament of Champions in 2020 and 2021, Aaron Sloan, vice-president of the Kansas-Oklahoma Golden Gloves Franchise and owner/head coach of Tulsa’s Engine Room Boxing Gym, announced today.The prestigious national amateur boxing tournament will take place at the Cox Business Center May 3-10, 2020 and May 1–9, 2021. The Engine Room Boxing Gym, in collaboration with the Tulsa Sports Commission and the Kansas-Oklahoma Golden Gloves Franchise, will coordinate the event. 

Male and female amateur boxers ages 18-40 from across the United States representing 30 Golden Gloves franchises will compete in ten weight classes in this USA Boxing sanctioned event. The tournament is expected to draw over 500 athletes and coaches each year, a large percentage of which will come from outside the state of Oklahoma, with an estimated economic impact approaching one million dollars.  

Previous host cities include Chattanooga, Omaha, Las Vegas, and Kansas City. Former National Golden Gloves champions include outstanding boxers like Muhammed AliSugar Ray LeonardOscar De La Hoya, and Oklahoma's own Allan Green (2002), Eric Fields (2005 & 2006) and Aaron Morales (2017).

“We are very excited to have the National Golden Gloves Tournament in Tulsa,” says Coach Sloan. “Not only is this an excellent opportunity for our Oklahoma boxers, but it’s a boost to our local hotels and businesses. We believe this will help grow the sport in our state and region. Fans will have a chance to experience live amateur boxing at its highest level, and we’ll have the chance to showcase our city to the many people traveling here from out of state.” 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Tulsa,” says Tulsa Regional Tourism President Ray Hoyt. “Through the incredible work and collaboration of Coach Sloan, The Engine Room and the Tulsa Sports Commission, Tulsa will host the National Golden Gloves Tournament in both 2020 and 2021.”

 Tulsa Regional Tourism is an accredited destination marketing organization housed at the Tulsa Regional Chamber. It operates VisitTulsa, the city’s convention and visitors bureau; the Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture (Tulsa FMAC), an accredited film commission; and the Tulsa Sports Commission, an amateur sports sales and marketing organization. 

“We’re dedicated to developing amateur sporting events that provide economic benefit to our region,” says Hoyt. “In the past year alone, Tulsa has hosted the Big 12 Wrestling Championship, March Madness, USA Gymnastics, US Youth Soccer, USA BMX and others. The National Golden Gloves Tournament further expands the impact of amateur sports on Tulsa.” 

In anticipation of the 2020 tournament, Golden Gloves of America will hold its mid-year organizational meeting in Tulsa this September. Golden Gloves franchise delegates and members of the Golden Gloves National Board of Directors will travel to Tulsa for the meeting and to tour the city in advance of the May event.  

Golden Gloves of America National Tournament of Champions 

May 3-10, 2020

Cox Business Center, Tulsa OK

More details TBA


National Golden Gloves began in 1923 when Chicago Tribune Sports Editor Arch Ward conceived the idea of a newspaper sponsored citywide amateur boxing tournament. Champions were awarded a miniature golden glove. Many great professional boxers have launched their early athletic careers participating as amateurs in Golden Gloves tournaments. Golden Gloves continues to play a major role in the selection of representatives for the U.S. team in the Olympic Games. 


Prior to opening the Engine Room Boxing Gym www.engineroomboxing.comin Tulsa in the fall of 2015, Aaron Sloan owned and operated the Owasso Boxing Club. Coach Sloan is a registered cardiac nurse, Vice-President of the Kansas-Oklahoma Golden Gloves franchise, a USA Boxing certified coach, judge and referee, and a certified 1 Star AIBA boxing coach. The Engine Room offers both competition and fitness training. Coach Sloan also developed the Ready to Fight Parkinson’s Specific program in 2016. Sloan offers group and individual training for individuals with Parkinson’s disease from the Engine Room Wellness Center near 47th& Peoria.www.readytofightboxing.com.


Photo Credit: Mark Bennett