Hosted over three days, the Ontario Golden Gloves and Primetime Prospects Invitational (OGGPPI) is a premier series of boxing matches that will give fans the opportunity to see the future of boxing’s rising stars. In action will be Kitchener’s own two-time defending light- heavyweight champion Julius “Caesar” Bunda.
In the history of the Golden Gloves series, many of the competing fighters have gone on to become some of boxing’s greatest and most-recognized names: Muhammad Ali, Oscar de la Hoya and Evander Holyfield are a few examples.
“We’re aiming to have this competition launch high calibre boxing champions,” says Syd Vanderpool, organizer of the OGGPPI, CEO of Boxing by Syd Vanderpool, and a former world-class middleweight champion himself. “We want boxing fans to be able to say ‘I remember watching that kid when they were just an amateur and now they’re a world champion!’.”
The Golden Gloves matches will feature 100 boxers from Ontario-based clubs, while the Primetime Prospects Invitational invites U.S. and Canadian boxers aspiring to turn professional to take to the ring in front of trainers, managers and promoters. The invitational is also dedicated to Oakville, Ontario’s Michael Desmond “Prime Time” Post, a well-respected champion fighter who passed away in November 2008.
“Mike’s passing was a shock and a big blow to the boxing world,” adds Vanderpool. “It’s a tragic circumstance, but we hope that this event held in his honour has the opportunity to launch the career of another young fighter, someone who can live up to the type of boxer Mike was.”
Tickets for the Ontario Golden Gloves and Primetime Prospects Invitational can be purchased by calling Boxing by Syd Vanderpool (519.576.3813)