Chicago Golden Gloves
This amateur boxing tournament is considered by many boxing aficionados as one of the three most elite Golden Gloves titles, along with the Intercity Golden Gloves and the New York Golden Gloves. The tournament is also more formally known as the Chicagoland Golden Gloves Charities Tournament. It was initiated by the Chicago Tribune sports editor Arch Ward in 1923. The program and tournament are currently run by Directors Ted Gimza, Dr. Glenn Bynum and Sam Colonna.
The regional Chicago and New York Golden Gloves Championships were the two crown jewels of the boxing mecca of the United States. In 1962, with the National Golden Gloves assuming control of the tournament, with a growing televised economy, the general public's emphasis progressed more towards a national championship.
In 1923 the Chicago Golden Gloves had Italian boxers. Tony and Jimmy Delatore boxed from 1923-1926. Because it seemed that their last name could be difficult to remember they were given the names Tony and Jimmy Dalton and were called "The Dalton Brothers" They both boxed in the 125 lb weight division and both did box in New York also.
The Chicago, New York and Intercity tournaments were fought in eight weight divisions: 112 lb., 118 lb., 125 lb., 135.lb., 147 lb., 160 lb., 175 lb. and Heavyweight.
Former Chicago Golden Gloves Champions:
- Barney Ross (1929)
- Joe Louis (1934)
- Ezzard Charles (1939)
- Sonny Liston (1953)
- Ernie Terrell (1957)
- Muhammad Ali (1959, 1960)
- Jim Ryan (former Illinois Attorney General)
- Joe Birkett (Illinois Appellate Court Judge)
- Tom Zbikowski (American football player)
- Michael "The Lord of the Dance" Flatley (1975)
- Shon Drinkwater (1996, 1997)
US Olympians from Chicago (since 1980):
- Lee Roy Murphy (1980)
- Montell Griffin (1992)
- Donnell Nicholson (1992)
- Nate Jones (1996)
- David Diaz (1996)
- Michael Bennett (2000)
- Bill Hillmann (2002) 
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