CICERO — Boxers young and old from every corner of the city stepped into the ring Thursday night to settle scores the Chicago way.
The Chicago Golden Gloves, a storied amateur boxing tournament, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. It kicked off its championship round Thursday night and will continue at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Cicero Stadium, 1909 S. Laramie Ave.
Through the years, Chicago Golden Gloves has welcomed within its ropes future titans of “the sweet science,” like Sonny Liston, Joe Louis and a young up-and-comer who then went by Cassius Clay.
Golden Gloves was the first stop for a handful of Chicagoans who headed to the Olympics and an incubator for future dignitaries who greased the wheels of the Daley machine.
Many past champs — from world heavyweight contender “Fast” Fres Oquendo to businessman Jorge Pacheco to Illinois Appellate Court Judge Joe Birkett — yelled ringside Thursday as the city crowned its next best.
This year’s tournament has 470-some male and female boxers battling it out in three-round bouts. The winners will move on to the national championship in May at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, Penn.
Block Club has the sights and sounds from Thursday night’s action: