MUSCATINE, Iowa — A respected boxing gym across the Midwest, the Muscatine Boxing Club (MBC) will host the Silver Gloves Boxing Tournament for the third year in a row. The regional qualifier, state champion boxers ages eight through 16 from Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska will compete to see who advances to the national championship. A prestigious event, the MBC looks forward to welcoming boxers from across the region and exposing more Muscatine residents to talented athletes from their own town.
Over the course of the tournament, 106 male and female boxers will compete. As qualifiers for the event get announced, Ron Williams, MBC coach, believes at least one boxer from Muscatine could make the cut. “We’re hoping we’ll have one when I have the complete listings,” he said. In previous years, the MBC has had both Silver and Golden Glove champions, and Williams hopes to have more, especially at this tournament where their local fans can see them at their best. “We’ve had several Silver Glove champions come right from this club, so we know what it takes to work from the bottom on up,” he added.
Williams also sees the Silver Gloves Tournament as a great way for local businesses both to support the club and to get noticed by out-of-town visitors. The MBC funds its programs both by hosting tournaments and through sponsorships. As the cost of taking students to competitions, getting insurance, and certifying coaches increases, the MBC and its athletes would benefit from more local sponsorships. As Williams put it, “We’ve been pretty blessed so far, but sometimes it still takes money.”
By sponsoring awards or other parts of tournaments, companies, “expose their business in the community and let people know they support youth athletes, and it lets people from out of town know they exist,” Williams said.
Whether you want to support the MBC by attending the Silver Gloves Tournament at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 or 4 p. m. on Jan. 11, at 1808 Dewey Avenue, Muscatine, or by becoming a sponsor, Williams welcomes your support.